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Wharton professor Adam Grant says America should shorten the work day by 2 hours

Adam Grant, The Wharton School’s top professor, says instead of the typical 9-to-5, our work days should end two hours earlier too.

“[L]et’s make work days shorter: they should finish at 3pm,” says Grant, an organizational psychologist and New York Times best-selling author, in a recent LinkedIn post.

“We can be as productive and creative in 6 focused hours as in 8 unfocused hours,” writes Grant.

The post has since garnered thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

Research suggests Grant is on to something: In one experiment in Sweden, employees at a nursing home adopted a six-hour work day (with no change in pay), which resulted in improved productivity and worker health. Other research has also linked decreased productivity to an increase in the number of hours worked.

Read more at CNBC

Pesticides in food; Pointless jobs; The price of weed plummets; Working LEGO pinball machine, Deep Blue defeats Gary Kasparov; Seaweed reduces methane in cows

The founder of Mother’s Day strongly disagreed with the commercialization of a day meant for children to honour their mothers. – Quartz

A simple way to improve a billion lives: EyeglassesThe New York Times

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere ReserveAdventure Trend

Consumer Reports ranks best sunscreensWTOP

Volunteers, nonprofits reviving some California state parksSan Francisco Chronicle

The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art – It’s a NYC sports bar – The New York Times 

Genetic analysis suggests squirrels helped the global spread leprosyGizmodo

Only in select Canadian cities: Timbits Bouquet for Mother’s Day

FDA chemists have been finding pesticides in food – and keeping it quiet – Modern Farmer

The oversupply of marijuana in Oregon has caused the price of weed to plummetThe Guardian

Why do so many people feel their work is completely pointless? – The Guardian

Watch: Working LEGO pinball machine built from 15,000 bricks – Brothers Brick

Seaweed in cow feed reduces methane emissions almost entirely – Foodtank

Work-Life Balance: Young Chinese are sick of working long hoursBBC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe cannot count on U.S. anymore – Bloomberg

  • US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions – The Guardian

US lawmakers release 3,519 Facebook ads from Russia-linked accounts showing a coordinated effort to sow distrust in US politics – Bloomberg

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May 11

868: The oldest printed and dated book, The Diamond Sutra. It now resides at the British Museum in London.

1812: British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated as he walked through the lobby of the House of Commons.

1904: Spanish painter Salvador Dali was born in Figueras, Spain.

1910: Glacier National Park in Montana was designated a national park.

1997: IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Russian grand master Gary Kasparov in the deciding game of their six-game series in New York City. This is their second meeting and the first time a machine beats a reigning world chess champion in a classical match.

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