Perfectionism -- creating high goals and standards -- may help students while in school, but it may hurt them in the workplace, according to a study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review. Students with high standards may need extra support in areas such as flexible thinking, study author Andrew Hill said.
If your audience's eyes glaze over when you fire up PowerPoint, you're doing something wrong, writes Stephanie Scotti. A good PowerPoint presentation is tailored to its audience, with plenty of images, not too much text and careful pacing. "Time and time again I see my clients experience an 'aha' moment when they realize how effectively they can engage with their listeners using these techniques," Scotti writes.
US Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will not seek re-election in 2016. Kline said he will continue his work to overhaul and replace No Child Left Behind and expand access to higher education while still in office.
Construction loans by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-backed financial institutions rose to $255.8 billion in the second quarter, a 3.9% increase from the previous quarter. It was the fifth quarter in a row of year-over-year construction-lending growth since the market bottomed out at $201.5 billion in 2013.
The release of a new batch of Hillary Clinton's State Department e-mails raised eyebrows when sharp-eyed journalists noticed a cryptic message with the subject line "Gefilte fish." The message, which sparked plenty of online speculation, turned out to relate to an effort to facilitate a plus-sized shipment of carp to Israel. "It's hard not to find this e-mail funny, because gefilte fish is nothing if not funny," writes Roberto Ferdman.
A CDC report showed 31% of US children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were diagnosed before age 6 and almost 50% received their diagnosis before age 7. The findings, based on interviews of about 3,000 parents of children with ADHD and 115 parents of children with Tourette's syndrome, also revealed that more than 50% of the children were diagnosed by a general pediatrician or family doctor, while only 25% of those diagnosed before age 6 received their diagnosis from a psychiatrist.
The US Tennis Association is using IBM data to drive a mobile application that will give fans real-time statistics, information on matches and players -- including social sentiment -- as well as an interactive social experience during the US Open. The tournament's website, USOpen.org, is also mobile-friendly for Web-enabled mobile devices.
Petco Holdings is initiating talks with possible buyers including private-equity firms Carlyle Group LP and KKR & Co., in addition to moving forward with plans to go public, sources said. The 1,400-store retailer and others in the pet supplies and services industry are benefiting as consumers spend more on their pets. In its filing to go public last month, Petco projected that American spending on pets will reach $76.6 billion in 2015.
ATM skimmers are becoming more sophisticated, with insert skimmers becoming the latest criminal trend, writes Brian Krebs, a security blogger. Insert skimmers are installed inside the card-acceptance slot, making them difficult to spot.
An initial recall of about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles products was expanded by Kraft Heinz to add 335,000 cases of the cheese slices after two more choking incidents were reported. The company said when the product is unwrapped, a thin section of packaging film may remain on the cheese, causing a choking hazard. Shipments made to South Korea, Belize and several Caribbean islands are included in the expanded recall. The initial recall included retail establishments in Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and the US.
T-Mobile US will allow video calling directly from Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also, T-Mobile announced it does not plan to offer the Sony Xperia Z5 phone.
Flood prevention projects in the south-central and southwestern US saved the country from $13.3 billion worth of damage during flooding in May and June, according to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers. May was the wettest month on record in Texas and Oklahoma. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, $6.7 billion in damages were averted, while Arkansas River Basin projects saved the area from incurring $350 million in damages.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly highlights why raising the Passenger Facility Charge, the airport tax, hurts customers. "When the government wants more money, it often looks at airline passengers as its piggybank," writes Kelly. "Most people are surprised to learn that about 25% of an average airfare on Southwest Airlines is made up of government-imposed taxes and fees."
New York's state legislature is considering a bill to ban smoking in hotel rooms, ending an exemption for the industry. "I'll be honest, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms," said Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski. "One of the things I've noticed is if you are above, below or next to a smoking room -- even if you’re a nonsmoker -- it comes right through the vents."