Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth

“There are tensions in virtually every product decision we make and we’ve developed a companywide framework called ‘Better Decisions’ to ensure we make our decisions accurately, and that our goals are directly connected to delivering the best possible experiences for people,” said Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman.

These battles have taken a toll on morale. In an employee survey this month, Facebook workers reported feeling less pride in the company compared to previous years. About half felt that Facebook was having a positive impact on the world, down from roughly three-quarters earlier this year, according to a copy of the survey, known as Pulse, which was reviewed by The New York Times. Employees’ “intent to stay” also dropped, as did confidence in leadership.

Even as Election Day and its aftermath have passed with few incidents, some disillusioned employees have quit, saying they could no longer stomach working for a company

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Employee fraud: can technology tip the balance in favour of investigators?

People have always committed fraud and always will – and some could be your employees. However, the tools have changed, particularly in the past decade, and technology has multiplied the opportunities, resulting in an expo­nential increase in cyber-crime.

On the flip side, fraud investigators have many more sophisticated IT tools to prevent and detect this. So who will win the ongoing fight against fraud?

Why recruitment processes can’t eliminate employee fraud

Any robust fraud prevention strategy must encompass both the human and technical sides of fraud. Studies suggest that people fall into three equal groups when it comes to committing fraud. A third are completely honest and will not perpe­trate fraud whatever the circumstances. Another third will be open to committing fraud depending on the circumstances. The final third comprise the “rotten apples” who will always seek to defraud their employer.

Sifting out the rotten apples

Organisations should always seek

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International collaboration reveals China’s carbon balance

International collaboration reveals China's carbon balance
Southwest China is populated by fast-growing and high-yielding tree species with high potential biomass carbon sequestration. Credit: Yaogao Huang

An international team of researchers has compiled and verified newly available data on the country’s CO2 sink, and, for the first time, they have quantitatively estimated the effect of China’s carbon mitigation efforts.


The researchers published their results on October 28 in Nature.

“China is currently one of the world’s major emitters of CO2, but China’s forest resources have been growing continuously for the past 30 years,” said paper author Yi Liu, professor with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “In this study, we achieve a better understanding of CO2 fluxes over China.”

Previously, the CO2 monitoring stations on the ground over China were few and far between, resulting in CO2 flux estimates with large uncertainties. One monitoring station

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In cell division, it’s all about the right balance

It's all about the right balance
Surrealistic take on the enzyme UBE2S, which regulates its lifetime by switching between a monomeric and a dimeric state. Credit: Anna Liess

During cell division specific target proteins have to be turned over in a precisely regulated manner. To this end specialized enzymes label the target proteins with signaling molecules. However, the enzymes involved in this process can also label themselves, thus initiating their own degradation. In a multidisciplinary approach, researchers identified a mechanism of how enzymes can protect themselves from such self-destruction and maintain sufficient concentrations in the cell. These results have been published in the latest issue of Science Signaling.


Vital functions of multicellular organisms, such as growth, development, and tissue regeneration, depend on the precisely controlled division of cells. A failure in the underlying control mechanisms can lead to cancer. A team of researchers led by Dr. Sonja Lorenz from the Rudolf Virchow Center—Center for Integrative

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