US airfares drop by 8% in first quarter

For the first three months of 2016 airfares in the US hit lows not seen since 2010, according to data collected by the US Department of Transportation. Average ticket prices were down almost 8%.

Robots in the classroom go beyond science
7/29/2016 KQED.org

Jessica Herring, a high-school teacher in Arkansas, recently began using a robot to teach American literature and found that -- despite her skepticism -- the technology is a valuable teaching tool outside of the science classroom. Herring found that programming actually mirrors writing and that robots could be used to teach empathy.

Opinion: US dollar remains influential in the global market

The US dollar remains influential in the global market, despite the fact that America's global GDP has fallen to 23% from 40% since 1960. Nearly 90% of global trade transactions involve dollars in some way, and about one-third of the $11 trillion held in global reserves is held in dollars.

Wal-mart sees success with "Fresh Angle" produce strategy

Wal-Mart's "Fresh Angle" produce test has helped the retailer boost efficiency, cut down on food waste and elicit positive shopper feedback at the 180 participating stores, according to a company blog post. The "Fresh Angle" approach, which Wal-Mart hopes to roll out to 3,300 stores before the end of the year, includes placing loose produce in the front of the stores, lowering fixtures to improve department visibility and displaying fewer produce items to ensure freshness.

Study emphasizes causal link between alcohol, cancer

A study in the journal Addiction found strong evidence that alcohol consumption can cause oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and female breast cancer. Researcher Jennie Connor of the University of Otago in New Zealand said while other studies have found a causal effect between alcohol and cancer, there is confusion about the link and she wanted to "clarify the strength of the evidence" making the connection.

Facebook signs Olympics content deal with NBC
7/29/2016 RecodeMashable

Facebook is following in Snapchat's footsteps by signing a deal with NBC to publish 20 highlights from the Olympics and a two-minute roundup program with exclusive content each day during the event. The highlights will also be available on Instagram, and the network will live-stream athlete interviews on Facebook Live.

Cloud boosts Amazon's record Q2 results

Amazon said its profit broke all records in the second quarter, rising to $857 million, with growing sales of cloud services making a major contribution. The retailer's cloud computing business contributed greatly to the growth.

Target adds MonBaby wearable baby monitor to IoT offerings
7/29/2016 TWICE

Target is now stocking its baby section with an internet-connected, wearable smart button by MonBaby that can monitor a baby's breathing, detect when a baby rolls over and more. MonBaby's button is one of the latest additions to Target's growing internet of things lineup.

Sanofi's type 2 diabetes treatment gets FDA approval

The FDA approved Sanofi's once-daily mealtime injection Adlyxin, or lixisenatide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, as an adjunct treatment to diet and exercise to manage blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. The approval was backed by results from a clinical program and the ELIXA trial, which demonstrated the drug's cardiovascular safety and effectiveness in reducing HbA1c.

Viacom to revamp VH1 Classic to play MTV favorites

Viacom is celebrating MTV's 35th anniversary Aug. 1 by rebranding its VH1 Classic network to MTV Classic. The new network will features hits from the 1990s and 2000s, as well as favorite shows, including "MTV Unplugged," "Total Request Live" and "Daria."

Investigation starts on crane collapse at N.Y.'s Tappan Zee Bridge

Wind was not a factor in the July 20 collapse of a crawler crane boom at the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York. The state's Department of Labor and the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Golfers are willing to go green, says Audubon program director
7/29/2016 GreenBiz.com

Golfing isn't the greenest sport around, but course officials and golfers are willing to embrace more sustainable practices if they're made aware of the stakes and the available alternatives, says Tara Donadio, Audubon's director of cooperative sanctuary programs.

JetBlue to begin regular non-stop service to Cuba in Oct.

JetBlue is offering one-way fares to Cuba as its first regular service to the island nation begins Aug. 31. JetBlue will offer three flights weekly from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., expanding to daily service Oct. 1. "It's a new day for Cuba travelers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for," Marty St. George, JetBlue's executive vice president. "We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuba travel with affordable fares and great service."

Portland, Maine, is more than just a lobster town

Portland in Maine is known as a desirable dining city, but it also offers an array of other cultural options besides tasting lobster bisque. Visitors can check out the historic Portland Observatory, go on an hour-long bike ride and view Winslow Homer works at the Portland Museum of Art.