Learn to control your emotions

Your fight-or-flight reflexes kick in when you're faced with high-pressure work situations, but you can calm yourself, listen to the other person and give a response that isn't an outburst, writes Dan McCarthy. "Learn to use your emotions as a tool and not let your emotions control you," McCarthy advises.

A dozen tips to engage students to build key skills

Asking students to paraphrase the ideas of others is a good way to engage them in listening and speaking, educator Sarah Tantillo writes in this commentary. Tantillo shares 11 other tips to improve student engagement and help develop speaking and listening skills, including having the whole class pronounce difficult words and providing guided notes during lectures.

Fears about Fed action, China drive down European stocks

European stock markets are set to record their worst month since 2011, hurt by volatility triggered by stock drops in China and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates. Markets in Germany and France lost more than 0.5% today. The UK market was closed for a holiday.

Craft beer, wine and spirits win over Gen Y

Millennials on a mission to find new local, authentic and artisan products are fueling annual increases in craft beer sales and encouraging the rise of indie distillers and wine makers, said NPD Group's Warren Solochek. "If you ask me if I think it's a trend or a fad, I think it's a trend. I do think it will continue into the foreseeable future, because people love to try something new," he said.

Cost is an obstacle for new cholesterol drugs

Prescribers will weigh the risks, benefits and drawbacks, including cost, of new cholesterol-lowering drugs compared with inexpensive statins. Up to 25% of patients who take statins say they experience intolerable side effects, but clinical trials have not found evidence that reports of common side effects are higher for statins than for a placebo. The newly approved drugs can come at prices above $14,000 a year.

Brands went social to tap into VMA buzz

Brands including Taco Bell, Verizon and Pepsi used Twitter's Amplify program to blend real-time tweets and Periscope content into the online chatter surrounding Sunday's Video Music Awards. "These platforms are hugely embraced by our target audience, and [it's] a great way for the brand to reach out to them," Taco Bell's Juliet Corsinita said.

Staples, Office Depot move closer to merging

Staples and Office Depot have certified substantial compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's request for additional information on Staples' planned $6.3 billion acquisition of its rival, the companies said. The deal has won approval from regulators in Australia, China and New Zealand, and it still needs OKs from Canada and the European Union.

Razer's next Xbox One controller targets pro gamers

Razer is bringing a "pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade" Xbox One controller to market next month to compete with Microsoft's $150 "Elite" controller, the company confirmed. The "Wildcat" will tout two extra bumpers and two extra removable triggers, and each button can be configured by the player.

Biotech potato from J.R. Simplot gets USDA nod
The Washington Times

J.R. Simplot's Russet Burbank biotech potato variety, which is resistant to late blight, generates less potentially cancer-causing chemicals and can be kept at colder temperatures for an extended period, has been cleared by the US Department of Agriculture. Approvals from the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are expected within a year. The firm intends to start commercial planting by 2017.

T-Mobile's Legere issues unlimited data plan abuse warning
The VergeITWorld.com

T-Mobile US will pursue subscribers who are circumventing unlimited data plans by downloading applications that allow them to escape the carrier's 7-gigabyte limit on tethering their phones to other devices, CEO John Legere wrote in a blog post Sunday. He said the "small group" of customers are using up to 2 terabytes a month of data.

Gas-tax hike to fund $494M Wash. highway expansion

A six-year, $494 million project to widen seven miles of Washington's Interstate 5 highway between Olympia and Tacoma will be funded by an 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase. Population in the area has doubled since the last time the highway was widened, and plans include new lanes and widened bridges to accommodate the 120,000 cars a day that use I-5.

Obama argues for approval of Shell's Chukchi oil drilling

President Barack Obama last week defended the federal authorization of Royal Dutch Shell's oil drilling program in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. The activity is conducted "at the highest standards possible with requirements specifically tailored to the risks of drilling off Alaska. We don't rubber-stamp permits," Obama said. He added that domestic oil and natural gas production is vital to the U.S. economy, as the nation reduces its reliance on imports and moves toward realizing climate change goals.

Buzz Aldrin works with Florida university on plan to colonize Mars
The Guardian (London)

Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is working with the Florida Institute of Technology on a master plan for humans to colonize Mars. "The Pilgrims on the Mayflower came here to live and stay. They didn't wait around Plymouth Rock for the return trip, and neither will people building up a population and a settlement" on Mars, he said.

Hotels highlight food-truck partnerships
Hotel Management online

Some hotels are partnering with food trucks to offer cuisine. These trucks can supplement a hotel's limited offerings for big events and also provide extra income for hotels through beverage sales. Food trucks can "certainly enhance the guest experience," says Starwood Hotels' Jeremy Cooper.