Don't forget your remote workers
12/2/2016 SmartBrief/Leadership

Managers should make an effort to increase engagement with remote employees if they want to keep them, cautions Wayne Turmel. "Many (not all, but enough to be statistically significant) teleworkers and remote employees view their work as transactional," he writes.

Collaboration boosts teachers' PBL skills

Collaborating with a peer on a class project can help teachers stretch and build their own project-based learning skills and practice, according to second-grade teacher Shari Edwards. In this blog post, Edwards shares the six steps taken as she worked with a seventh-grade teacher on a DNA and immigration project, such as making PBL relevant and building anticipation among students.

US gained 178,000 jobs last month

Employers added 178,000 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%, the lowest since August 2007.

Wal-Mart expands grocery pickup store concept to Colo.

Wal-Mart Stores has opened a 4,000-square-foot grocery pickup and gas store in Thornton, Colo., the second location for the company's newest retail concept. The retailer will fulfill online orders from a nearby full-line Wal-Mart store, and shoppers who place their orders online by 1 p.m. can pick them up the same day.

Certain sports tied to lower risk of death, study finds
12/1/2016 Reuters

Racquet sports were associated with a 47% lower risk of death, cycling with a 15% lower risk, swimming a 28% lower risk and dance aerobics a 27% lower risk, compared with no form of physical activity, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. UK researchers found that adults who engaged in racquet sports, aerobics and swimming also had a lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke than those who didn't participate in any of these sports.

Stoli taps Google Trends for Instagram push
12/2/2016 Adweek

Stolichnaya vodka created an Instagram campaign, dubbed Elit Live Social Lab, that uses Google Trends data to inform its content. Creative has included photos of espresso martinis and doughnuts for National Doughnut Day, and Friendsgiving posts to tout Stoli's personalized bottles.

Amazon markets imports in new China showroom
12/2/2016 Internet Retailer

Amazon has opened a basketball court-size showroom in Beijing's Sanlitun Square to display merchandise from its US and UK online marketplaces. Shoppers can use their smartphones to scan bar codes and purchase the products online at Amazon's China site.

Android may be Nokia's way back into smartphones
12/2/2016 Reuters

Nokia might make a comeback in the smartphone market after HMD Global leased the brand rights from Microsoft and started working with Google to use its Android operating system. The company intends to launch an Android-based device early next year.

AstraZeneca signs collaboration deal with Bicycle for up to $1B-plus

AstraZeneca and Bicycle Therapeutics have signed a collaboration deal to develop small molecule treatments targeting cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases using the latter's proprietary bicyclic peptide product platform. If all planned programs are developed for the market, Bicycle will receive over $1 billion in payments.

FCC report: Cable leads in advertised speeds
12/2/2016 Broadcasting & Cable

"Significant growth" was reported across broadband internet, with cable and fiber leading the pack in the Federal Communications Commission's "Measuring Broadband America" report. The report found that download speeds have risen from 10 Mbps in 2011 to 39 Mbps in 2015, with cable seeing a 14% year-over-year increase in median download speeds.

Reporter casts more doubt on Trump's $1T infrastructure plan

Economics journalist Spencer Jakab has added his voice to concerns about President-elect Donald Trump's promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure via private funding and public-private partnerships. He questions the basic arithmetic of the proposal and contends public-private partnerships have not proved easy to implement successfully.

Ill. Supreme Court to review $600M transmission project

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2014 case in which the Illinois Commerce Commission moved to block a $600 million transmission line from Rock Island Clean Line that would carry wind energy from Iowa to Grundy County, Ill. Rock Island said the project would benefit the local economy, create construction jobs and help clean energy businesses within the state.

Clear sends air travelers to the head of the security line

Travelers enrolled in Clear don't have to show their documents to a security officer. Instead, they scan their finger or retina and boarding pass and then proceed directly to metal detectors.

Book lovers get an ideal hotel, literally
12/2/2016 Curbed

The Literary Man Obidos Hotel, an 18th-century monastery-cum-hotel in Portugal, celebrates literature with more than 45,000 books throughout the hotel. The 30-room bookworm's dream is set in a Middle Ages village northwest of Lisbon.