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Behavioral analytics is quickly becoming a new tool in the sales department toolbox. This discipline looks beyond how sales reps perform to study why they behave the way they do. "[T]he behavioral analytics lens reveals important, sometimes counterintuitive nuances that can make the difference between a good salesperson and a top performer," writes Natalie McCullough.

Ky. students learn across subjects with project-based honey bees unit

A seventh-grade teacher in Kentucky is using project-based learning to teach a unit on honey bees and the bee crisis. The project -- which incorporated lessons in science, math, engineering, art, writing and social studies -- included research and the development and execution of a plan to keep bee hives on campus.

Market strategists begin to sour on US stock outlook
2/8/2016 Bloomberg

For the first time since the Iraq war in 2003, stock strategists have reduced their average estimates for the US S&P 500 Index in the early weeks of a new year. Strategists are normally upbeat early in the year, but the first weeks of 2016 have seen such disturbing developments in the oil market, interest rates and China that confidence has been shaken.

Researchers say Explorers Club dinner in 1951 wasn't mammoth, sloth

The meat eaten during an infamous Explorers Club dinner in 1951 wasn't ancient mammoth or ground sloth, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. Researchers used DNA analysis to examine a sample from that dinner that had been preserved for a member who couldn't attend. Testing revealed that the meat came from a turtle.

ADHD tied to higher obesity risk in females, study finds
2/5/2016 Medical News Today

Female patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder during childhood had a twofold increased likelihood of developing obesity in childhood and adulthood than those who didn't have ADHD, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers assessed 1,001 individuals with and without childhood ADHD, all born between 1976 and 1982, and found no association between obesity and stimulant treatment among those with the disorder.

Adidas ups its game on Snapchat

Adidas is launching its own Snapchat channel to give users an in-depth look at the world of soccer. The brand is seeking greater data and insights from the platform. "Data is key. If we spend on Snapchat, we want to make sure it's highly targeted so we are relevant and efficient in our communication," Adidas' Dan Bulteel said.

Jenner sisters aim for high-fashion market
2/8/2016 New York Post

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have sealed deals with luxury department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus for their Kendall + Kylie fashion and footwear line. The collection, set to be unveiled Monday, will also be available through other retailers including Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom.

Tech firms tap superstars for Super Bowl 50 commercials
2/8/2016 Network World

Several tech companies showed up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with commercials to take advantage of the game's massive audience. Amazon tapped Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino to star in its ad, T-Mobile turned to rapper Drake, Wix came up with a "Kung Fu Panda" commercial, and Squarespace used comedians Key and Peele to get its message across.

Narus Biotechnologies purchased by Cofactor Genomics

San Francisco-based Narus Biotechnologies, a startup developing neurological disease biomarkers for use in RNA-based diagnostics, will be bought by St. Louis-based Cofactor Genomics for undisclosed terms. The acquisition is expected to boost Cofactor's RNA testing abilities and support its development of RNA-based diagnostics for neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

BlackBerry will shed 200 jobs as transition continues

BlackBerry confirmed Friday that it will eliminate roughly 200 jobs at its Ontario headquarters and in Florida. The company is in the midst of transforming itself from a hardware company into a mobile security and software services provider for businesses.

Calif. mayor slow-jams the traffic news

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti channeled his inner Barry White to warn city residents about the temporary closure of the 101 Freeway during the construction of a new bridge. With help from a high-school backing band, Garcetti slow-jammed the announcement, complete with sensual swaying and finger-snaps. "Sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty to build something beautiful," he intoned.

Markey: Export of natural gas from New England is misguided

Federal regulators have made a mistake in their decision to allow almost a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to be exported from New England, according to Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. He said allowing gas to be transported by pipeline through the region for export won't benefit residents but will simply treat New England as a production highway.

American Airlines to sell optional ancillary services through Sabre
2/8/2016 Breaking Travel News

American Airlines announced an agreement with Sabre Corp. to sell ancillary products. "American Airlines customers love Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats, and we're excited to have a new way to offer those seats to them through Sabre," said Cory Garner, managing director for distribution for American.

4 top Chicago hotel spas
2/8/2016 TravelPulse

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates describes four top hotel spas in Chicago: the Chuan Spa at The Langham Chicago, The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Chicago, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago spa and The Spa at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.