The early bird doesn't always get the worm

Many people believe waking up early is the key to productivity, but your genes might disagree, writes Shana Lebowitz. Research suggests genetics plays a role in who is a morning person, though the study was based on self-reporting and is not considered conclusive. "[Y]ou shouldn't listen to 'blanket productivity advice' because what works for one person may not work for you," Lebowitz writes.

Study reveals pros, cons of later school start times
2/8/2016 T.H.E. Journal

A New York high school with a later start time reported fewer tardy students and improved discipline, but no improvement in grades or physical and mental health, according to a study in the journal Sleep. Researchers also found the later start time did not necessarily mean students slept more.

CFTC's Massad notes lack of clear data for swaps market

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad said Friday that the swaps industry is partially responsible for the lack of clear, accurate data on individual transactions. "We expected the industry to develop standardized terms," Massad said. "That, unfortunately, did not happen."

Climate change is bad news for lobsters, clams
2/5/2016 Carbon Brief (U.K.)

Some of America's best-known seafood, including Maine lobster and New England clams, might struggle to survive in the face of rising global temperatures and increasing ocean acidification, research suggests. Scallops, salmon and sturgeon were also found to be extremely vulnerable to the shifting climate.

ADHD tied to higher obesity risk in females, study finds
2/5/2016 Medical News Today

Female patients diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder during childhood had a twofold increased likelihood of developing obesity in childhood and adulthood than those who didn't have ADHD, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers assessed 1,001 individuals with and without childhood ADHD, all born between 1976 and 1982, and found no association between obesity and stimulant treatment among those with the disorder.

Who were the Super Bowl ad winners and losers?

Bud Light, Doritos and the National Football League were the Super Bowl ad winners, with lighthearted and feel-good ads. Ads that took a more serious tone, such as those from SunTrust Banks, Social Finance and AstraZeneca didn't hit the spot. "It's weird to have a constipation ad in the Super Bowl," said law student Margie Truwit.

Target rolls out carts for shoppers with special needs

Most Target stores will have at least one cart with a special seat for shoppers whose medical conditions keep them from being able to sit in regular shopping cart seats, the retailer said. The carts, called Caroline's Carts, are designed to give parents of children with special needs an alternative to shopping with both a cart and a stroller. Other retailers including Cub Foods and Hy-Vee have added the carts at some stores.

Microsoft targets device security with Internet of Things Hub
2/8/2016 eWeek

Microsoft has officially launched its Internet of Things Hub, which is designed to help expedite the deployment of IoT projects in the enterprise. "Azure IoT Hub provides an easy and secure way to connect, provision and manage billions of IoT devices sending and receiving trillions of messages per month," said Microsoft's Sam George. "IoT Hub enables secure, reliable two-way communication -- from device to cloud and cloud to device -- over open protocols such as MQTT, HTTPS and AMQPS that are already widely used in IoT."

Narus Biotechnologies purchased by Cofactor Genomics

San Francisco-based Narus Biotechnologies, a startup developing neurological disease biomarkers for use in RNA-based diagnostics, will be bought by St. Louis-based Cofactor Genomics for undisclosed terms. The acquisition is expected to boost Cofactor's RNA testing abilities and support its development of RNA-based diagnostics for neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

BlackBerry will shed 200 jobs as transition continues

BlackBerry confirmed Friday that it will eliminate roughly 200 jobs at its Ontario headquarters and in Florida. The company is in the midst of transforming itself from a hardware company into a mobile security and software services provider for businesses.

Renderings: 5,577-foot tower planned in Japan

Next Tokyo is a concept that would create a cluster of man-made islands in Japan's Tokyo Bay. Its focal point would be a 5,577-foot tower that would become the world's tallest, able to house 55,000 people. Next Tokyo's goal is to mitigate the effects of climate change and help protect the city from flooding.

Markey: Export of natural gas from New England is misguided

Federal regulators have made a mistake in their decision to allow almost a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to be exported from New England, according to Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. He said allowing gas to be transported by pipeline through the region for export won't benefit residents but will simply treat New England as a production highway.

TSA to be allowed access to counterterrorism database

The Transportation Security Administration now has or will soon receive access to the National Counterterrorism Center's Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment system. The agency will use the database to better screen airport workers, said Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.

Enjoying a short winter break in Aspen, Colo.

Aspen, Colo., is a popular spot for luxury travelers, but the winter vacation town also offers plenty for those on a budget. Visitors can enjoy skiing, taking a mountain tour, viewing exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, dining at casual restaurants and partying at Bootsy Bellows.