How to dump your business partner

The best way to cut ties with a business partner is to have an in-person meeting and be honest, entrepreneurs say. Acknowledge the other person's contributions, but don't shy away from the truth. "Most people dislike confrontation," says Alexandra Levit of Inspiration at Work. "But as a business owner, you need to get over it."

Survey: Students want colleges to court them on paper, and in texts

First-generation, low-income and underrepresented students are more likely than their peers to say they welcome texts from colleges seeking to recruit them, a new national survey finds. However, nearly half of students say they still want to receive "search" letters from colleges in the mail.

Economy is "close to normal," says Fed's Yellen
2/12/2016 CNNMoney

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen downplayed talk of an economic crisis Wednesday, telling Congress members that "the economy is in many ways close to normal." The unemployment rate is 4.9%, while wages were up 2.5% year over year in January.

A road map for sustainable ranching
2/12/2016 Beef magazine online

Sustainability is an increasingly big deal for the beef industry -- but how can ranchers make their operations more eco-friendly? Bryan Weech suggests a broad-spectrum approach grounded in strong partnerships, careful research and the diligent evaluation of new projects. "[E]ven small changes in one seemingly isolated area can trigger fluctuations in other areas that may take two or three grazing seasons to manifest. Make changes carefully and judiciously," he writes.

Study links food variety, diet diversity to higher BMI in children
2/12/2016 HealthDay News

Greater food variety and dietary diversity were linked to higher annual BMI increases in low-income preschool children, researchers reported in Pediatrics. Researchers said the BMI changes were small but stood out because they were unexpected, and added the data are not sufficient to support making dietary guideline changes.

Derek Zoolander tackles beauty in video spoofs
2/12/2016 Adweek

Paramount Pictures has partnered with NBCUniversal on a cross-channel promotion for the movie "Zoolander 2" that spoofs NBC's push "The More You Know." Ben Stiller's character, Derek Zoolander, discusses society's serious topics, including why physical beauty is so essential, in the spots that will appear on TV, digital outlets and social media.

Nordstrom's 1st NYC flagship to mix old and new
2/12/2016 The Seattle Times

Nordstrom has unveiled the design of its first full-line department store in Manhattan, which is slated to open in the city's Columbus Circle neighborhood in 2019. The 363,000-square-foot store will be incorporate existing historic buildings and new construction, with a Nordstrom Men's store across the street.

Mattel's 1960s ThingMaker to relaunch as 3D printer
2/12/2016 USA Today

Mattel is bringing back its ThingMaker toy, originally launched in the 1960s, as a 3D printer that prints small toys designed on an iOS or Android device. The application is already available for use with other 3D printers, and the $299 ThingMaker is scheduled to come to market this fall.

Drugmakers, university form consortium for CKD treatment development

AstraZeneca and its MedImmune unit agreed to form the Renal Pre-Competitive Consortium with Eli Lilly & Co. and the University of Michigan to research novel chronic kidney disease treatment targets. The agreement, which can be renewed yearly and expanded to include other participants, gives the firms the rights to independently examine different targets, although each group will provide scientific and bioinformatic capabilities.

Qualcomm will bring gigabit chip to market
2/12/2016 MarketWatchCIO.com

Qualcomm intends to produce a cellular modem chip -- the Snapdragon X16 -- that can process a billion bits of data a second in a development that would put mobile devices on par with sophisticated wired services. Also, Qualcomm will integrate Long-Term Evolution technology into wearable devices via its new Snapdragon Wear platform, in a move that would allow the devices to work separately from smartphones.

Laser scanning plus BIM aid virtual design and construction

Using laser scanning along with building information modeling can enhance virtual design and construction. This article outlines the benefits of laser scanning, but also adds some caveats. The authors contend that the "return on investment (ROI) for such approaches is measured in terms of realistic project scheduling, system clash avoidance and comprehensive as-built project documentation."

Opinion: Nev. net metering change is major blow to local solar industry
2/12/2016 EcoWatch

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission's decision in December to raise fees for solar customers and lower the payout for solar sold back to utilities is a "big blow" to the solar industry in the state, writes Cassady Sharp of Greenpeace USA. "The real bummer here is that when customers signed up for a solar rebate by installing panels on their roofs, they expected the rates to stay the same for years to come," she writes.

Southwest to reward employees with record profit-sharing

Southwest Airlines plans to disburse a record $620 million in profit-sharing for 2015 to employees. In April, more than 47,000 employees will receive a profit-sharing check equivalent to about eight weeks' salary.

DOT: Airfares fall to lowest level since 2010
2/12/2016 TravelPulse

Consumers are benefiting from affordable airfare, according to data from the US Department of Transportation. US airfares have dropped to their lowest average price since 2010.