Some educators and schools are incorporating "Star Wars"-themed lessons in the classroom ahead of the release of the seventh film in the series. The website Star Wars in the Classroom features stories about how nearly 400 teachers have used the movie in their lessons.
Too many bosses act like "hyper-roosters," preening and strutting around the office without focus and thus hurting their employees' ability to be productive, writes Art Petty. If you think this is you, "[s]pend more time up front clarifying goals and direction and then back off and let people show you what they can do," Petty writes.
An eye-tracking study examining how people read words in Arabic has found that word length often guides eye movement of readers, similar to that of readers of English and other languages. The research -- published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review -- involved studying eye fixation within a word and length of time of eye fixation and word length, with the findings offering potential understanding of dyslexia and other reading challenges.
The Chicago manufacturing index fell below the break-even point of 50 in November, dropping to 48.7 from October's result of 56.2. Still, other regions are doing better, including southeast Michigan, which boasted a November manufacturing index of 57.1.
Wegmans will continue its expansion across Massachusetts with its sixth store in the state, which will open in Medford. The New York-based retailer will also open future stores in Natick and Boston's Fenway neighborhood as part of an expansion plan through the state that is well on its way after being delayed.
About 38% of US hospitals recruit patients and their families to serve on advisory committees in an effort to improve care, a survey published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety found. Patients say they see the councils as a way to advocate for other patients, and hospitals that have patient and family advisory councils tend to have higher patient satisfaction scores than hospitals that lack the councils.
Brands such as Johnnie Walker, Moet & Chandon, Canada Goose, American Girl and JetBlue are using long-form video content starring or directed by A-list celebrities. "There's lots and lots of talk at the moment of things being shorter and of attention spans dying that has led to the Vine-able, Instagram-able, GIF-able world. ... But people are willing to engage with long-form content if the content is compelling enough," said Simon Owen of Anomaly, Johnnie Walker's creative shop.
The Federal Trade Commission has until Dec. 8 to approve or move to block Staples' proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of rival Office Depot, and the commission is leaning toward blocking it, sources said. The FTC blocked a 1997 merger of the two companies on anti-competitive concerns, but in 2013 it approved the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax.
Hackers cracked into 5 million customer accounts through "Learning Lodge," toy company VTech's application store, VTech confirmed. While credit card information was not stolen, identifying information tied to children, such as date of birth and gender, was compromised, as were customer names, encrypted passwords and addresses.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday set the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard at 16.28 billion gallons in 2014 and 2015 and 18.11 billion gallons next year, which are higher than its blending volume proposed in May but are still below the mandate that Congress set in 2007. Following the finalized requirements, BIO Executive Vice President Brent Erickson said "the rule undermines the goals of the statute, and it will continue to undercut investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels and increase greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation fuel sector."
Samsung Electronics will try to revive its flagging smartphone business by handing the reins to D.J. Koh, who will replace J.K. Shin as overseer of day-to-day operations. Koh worked under Shin as chief of mobile research and development, leading the team that created the Tizen operating system and the Samsung Pay mobile payment platform.
Henry Cisneros, the former US secretary of Housing and Urban Development, says the country's infrastructure needs help if the economy is to grow. He cites the American Society of Civil Engineer's Report Card that gave the infrastructure a D grade and contends investment isn't a Democratic or Republican issue. "Increasing infrastructure investment on a national level by 1 percent of GDP over three years will result in an additional $270 billion in economic output," he writes. "Think about what that could mean for the countless families who will benefit from new jobs and new opportunities."
New installed capacity from wind and solar projects around the world is expected to surpass 100 gigawatts over the next five years, according to Goldman Sachs. During that time period, wind and solar projects are expected to bring more new energy online than shale did over the previous five years, said the report. "We identify LEDs, solar [photovoltaic], onshore wind and hybrid and electric vehicles as clear front-runners in the emerging low-carbon economy," it said.
Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly to a second airport in Tokyo starting in July. The carrier currently offers flights from Honolulu to Tokyo Haneda, and will add flights from Honolulu to Tokyo Narita. "With average load factors routinely exceeding 90%, it is clear Japanese travelers have chosen Hawaiian as their carrier of choice when visiting our beautiful islands," said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian.
Six Senses Spa Courchevel will open next fall in the French Alps. The spa will feature five treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, saunas, a steam room, indoor swimming pool, relaxation lounge and juice bar. Treatments include signature massages, facials, restorative therapies and body treatments.