Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades.
Companies succeed by decreasing costs or increasing sales, and a focus on customers can increase sales without necessarily adding costs, says "Shark Tank" co-star Daymond John. "Where your success comes from customers is as follows: When you do for the customer everything you can do after you have done what you are supposed to do," he says.
The majority of college students -- 70% -- worry about money issues including student debt, according to new research by Ohio State University. The survey also found that 64% of students polled borrowed money to go to college, however 67% were optimistic that their college education would pay off in the end.
More than 5,000 companies have filed applications for the new .bank domain, which requires 30 enhanced security measures and has a rigorous verification process. These companies "are taking a clear step to ensure customers' sensitive information receives an added layer of protection from cyber attacks," writes Chris Feeney, president of BITS, the technology policy division of FSR.
Washington, D.C.-based salad chain Sweetgreen has raised $35 million in a new funding round, which it will use to expand to more new markets, the company said. The chain has 31 locations, including units in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and it will open its second Los Angeles-area eatery next month.
The CMS is proposing changes to how Medicare covers stays in the hospital for observation. The CMS would allow inpatient coverage of some short hospital stays based on a doctor's judgment instead of requiring a hospital stay to span at least two midnights to be considered an inpatient stay.
Mozilla has joined the virtual reality race alongside Facebook and Microsoft, demonstrating a version of its Firefox browser with VR technology that could bring Web surfing to life. "If '[W]eb video' gets turned into '[W]eb VR,' it could be a game-changer," said Chris Beard, CEO of Mozilla.
Michigan-based chains Domino's Pizza and Meijer made STORES magazine's annual list of the top 100 U.S.-based retailers, at 94th and 26th respectively. It's Domino's first time in the lineup, which ranked Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco, Home Depot and Walgreen as the top five.
A marketing authorization application for BAY 81-8973, a recombinant factor VIII compound, has been filed in Japan by Bayer HealthCare as a treatment for hemophilia A patients. Regulatory applications were also submitted in the U.S. and the European Union for the same indication.
CTIA has announced that the wireless industry is delivering on its promise to install anti-theft features on new smartphones, pointing to efforts by both carriers and manufacturers to adopt aggressive strategies that have curbed handset thefts. "As media reports indicated from San Francisco to New York City, these efforts are significantly reducing device thefts across the country," CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said.
Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are looking at subatomic particles called muons to better identify the thickness of concrete slabs and metal pipes used in energy infrastructure to catch them before they fail. The process could help determine if maintenance is needed and is less invasive than X-rays and ultrasound.
The U.K.'s 10 offshore wind operators, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and The Crown Estate have completed the system performance, availability and reliability trend analysis project. SPARTA is a database that lets offshore wind operators share performance and maintenance information to cut costs and improve performance. "SPARTA is a great example of how the offshore wind industry is maturing by learning from best practice elsewhere," said Huub den Rooijen, head of offshore wind at The Crown Estate.
United Airlines is preparing to launch a test-flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco powered by biofuels. The plan is to then gradually phase a 30% biofuel blend out to the rest of the fleet.
Hyatt Regency, Hilton Worldwide, IHG and Marriott International are just some of the hotels using their own apps or texting platforms, such as Zingle and Kipsu, to make it easier for guests to request items. Texting eliminates the need to translate the request into the local dialect, especially for those visiting foreign countries.