About 700 US elementary- and middle-school educators and librarians have been trained on Tufts University's Novel Engineering program, which integrates engineering projects into lessons built around novels. The program gives teachers resources to combine projects with familiar books, such as designing a device to keep Fudge, the protagonist from "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," away from his brother's turtle.
Companies listed on the Dow Jones are apparently experiencing a boost as investors anticipate increased infrastructure spending and tax cuts for large companies under the Trump administration, Christopher Murphy writes. Stock prices for large banks in particular are climbing, he writes.
A group of Colorado high-school students and their teacher, John Hopper, are working to preserve a site that was used for the internment of Japanese-Americans after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii. The students maintain the internment camp's buildings, cemetery and landscaping, and they curate artifacts donated to the museum.
President-elect Donald Trump promised to apply a 35% tariff on goods made by US companies overseas that are shipped back to the US for sale as part of his promise to bring back manufacturing jobs to the US. Critics say his approach of singling out individual companies is not prudent economic policy.
Rick Keyes, who started with Meijer as a pharmacist 27 years ago and was promoted to president last year, has been named the first CEO from outside the retailer's founding family. Current CEO Hank Meijer has moved into the role of executive chairman of the 230-store Michigan-based chain.
Data from a Pew Research Center poll found 55% of US adults said organic produce was healthier than conventionally grown produce, while 41% said there was no difference. The survey found about 40% of adults said genetically modified foods were less healthy than other foods, while 10% said they were healthier and almost 50% said there was no difference.
An unprecedented marketing campaign is tied to Matt Damon's first Chinese film, "The Great Wall," from events introducing the different armies in the film to glitzy press conferences. The marketing strategy team is three times that used to promote the launch of "Warcraft," the third-biggest film in China in 2016.
Site traffic, mobile ordering and online sales rose during the start of the holiday shopping season for many online retailers. Home decor retailer Deny Designs opted for short-term sales during Thanksgiving and Black Friday instead of weekend-long discounts and eBags made improvements to its mobile site, which accounted for 46% of traffic, said eBags co-founder Peter Cobb.
Detachable tablets are expected to spur growth for the tablet sector through 2018 to 2020, per an IDC report. Medium-screen tablets -- 9 to 13 inches -- will be the most popular versions of the devices available on the market.
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.
C-SPAN has provided continuous coverage of Trump Tower with its network pool camera trained on the building's elevator doors. As viewers have waited for a sighting of Donald Trump, other high-profile people, including former Vice President Dan Quayle and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, have been caught on camera.
New York City hospitals are expected to invest $8.2 billion in construction from this year through 2018, after spending more than $6 billion on construction from 2013 through 2015, the New York Building Congress reports. Factors driving the spending include consolidation and the expansion of primary and outpatient-care services.
Noble Energy has paid $216 million for 7,200 acres in the Delaware Basin portion of the Permian and has also increased working interests in certain assets it already operates there. As a result of the deal, the company will boost its Delaware position with 150 new locations.
Southwest Airlines will begin to roll out a new domestic reservations system that will be used to sell tickets beginning this month. Southwest estimates the new system could drive an additional $500 million in earnings by 2020.
Officials at the Transportation Security Administration want to enroll more travelers in its PreCheck trusted traveler program, but progress has been slower than hoped. Obstacles include concerns about data security and price.