How to make your PowerPoint presentations less boring

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.

Should colleges replace blue light systems with technology?
Education Dive

In some cases, college officials say that technology is replacing blue light systems as a means to help make students safer on campus. At Marquette University, students now have access to a BlueLight mobile application, and students are encouraged to use applications like Uber and others to travel safely.

Donald Trump, Inc.
National JournalBloomberg

Donald Trump made his billions by branching out from real estate development and hospitality into high-margin businesses centered on the value of his own celebrity and personal brand, according to an in-depth Bloomberg report on the GOP front-runner's business operations. Still, notes S.V. Date, Trump could actually have made as much or more money over the past few decades simply by investing his inheritance in an index-linked fund. "That a purely un­man­aged in­dex fund's re­turn could out­per­form Trump's hands-on wheeling and deal­ing calls in­to ques­tion one of Trump's chief selling points on the cam­paign trail: his busi­ness acu­men," Date writes.

Hillary Clinton, gefilte fish hero

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.

Researchers discover new way to make influenza vaccine

Existing techniques using mammalian cells to develop influenza vaccines yield inadequate quantities of the virus, so manufacturers generally use eggs for mass production, but that approach can also be problematic. University of Wisconsin veterinarian Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his team have developed a way to use mammalian cells to produce larger quantities of influenza vaccine. The work comes out of Dr. Kawaoka's gain-of-function research on influenza, now under a government moratorium while experts evaluate the risks and benefits of such work.

When celebrity endorsements go wrong

The downfall of Subway endorser Jared Fogle might be the greatest spokesman implosion of all time, but the restaurant chain isn't alone in having to deal with celebrity meltdowns, Lisa Lacy writes. Her list of endorsement disasters includes Bill Cosby's role as the face of Jell-O, Nike's association with convicted killer Oscar Pistorius and numerous brands' relationships with cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Sources: Equity firms may bid to buy Petco

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.

Samsung readies 4K with Blu-ray player next year

Samsung will bring an Ultra HD Blu-ray player to market early next year, and Fox is on board to provide the content. Samsung is said to be the first company to unveil plans for a 4K- and High Dynamic Range-compatible Blu-ray player, Richard Lawler writes.

Appeals court allows Novartis to proceed with scheduled release of biosimilar drug

An appeals court decided Wednesday to deny Amgen's request to stop Novartis from selling Zarxio, a biosimilar version of Amgen's anti-infection drug Neupogen. The biosimilar treatment is scheduled to be released today. In July, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Novartis' generic medications unit Sandoz in a patent infringement case filed by Amgen.

Huawei, Sony, Acer unveil new flagship phones

Huawei Technologies has introduced its first high-end smartphone, the 5.5-inch Mate S, which is designed to challenge Apple and Samsung Electronics. Separately, Acer unveiled the Jade Primo but declined to say if the large-screen Windows 10 Mobile device would ship to the US. Sony trotted out three Xperia Z5 models, with one sporting a 4K display.

Core samples will help determine viability of wind energy on Lake Erie

A team of geotechnical engineers and drillers 10 miles offshore in Lake Erie is taking core samples of the lake bottom to determine whether wind turbines can be installed and what type of foundation would be needed. The civil engineering department at Case Western Reserve University and other laboratories will analyze the samples.

Wind nonprofit applauds Mich. proposal for state-based CPP compliance

Wind on the Wires, utilities and business groups in Michigan have expressed approval for Gov. Rick Snyder's proposal to implement a state-based approach to comply with the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. "Wind on the Wires congratulates Governor Snyder for taking bold action in support of clean energy for Michigan and Clean Power Plan compliance," said Executive Director Beth Soholt. "The state's previous energy policies have put Michigan on a path for success, and building on a trend that is already taking place is the smart thing to do."

Southwest CEO: Raising the airport tax costs customers money

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."

N.Y. considers smoking ban in hotel rooms
USA Today

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."