Manufacturer helps amputee athlete succeed on the slopes

Protolabs has made updated prosthesis components for Winter X Games athlete "Monster" Mike Schultz, who began competing in adaptive snow bikecross after his left leg was amputated above the knee in 2008. The components, which include the use of 6061 aluminum, are more durable and give Schultz a better range of motion.

Fishermen in Rwanda maintain singing language

Crews of fishermen who work on Lake Kivu in Rwanda all sing in Amashi, a language they use to identify themselves and communicate with one another. Joseph Rusanganwa, a University of Rwanda modern languages professor, is making recordings to documenting the language.

Goldman Sachs tries to reinvent itself

Goldman Sachs' revenue and profit centers have eroded, in part because of regulation and electronic trading, and the task of restructuring and rejuvenating the company falls to CEO David Solomon. He's implementing the company's first multiyear strategic plan and emphasizing financial and bureaucratic efficiency, while Goldman has also relaxed its office culture, starting with the dress code.

ALDI's no-frills approach boosts success, expansion

Keeping costs down with a no-frills approach while increasing the variety of products available and sprucing up its stores has helped ALDI grow from 1,600 stores in 2017 to nearly 2,000 in 36 states by the end of 2020. The grocer is almost three years into a $5.3 billion expansion and renovation plan, and its revamped stores, which feature more fresh foods and produce, have seen traffic jump by 30% to 40%, according to store officials.

Medical pros' efforts to be hip on TikTok undermine credibility

TikTok is among the most-used social media platforms in the world and presents a potential opportunity for health care professionals to reach young people, but some efforts have been widely derided and threaten to undermine other health experts' credibility and efforts to counter misinformation and pseudoscience. Some medical professionals are posting content without "really thinking about their role as a medical professional and how that's going to impact the public's perception of medical professionals," says science communications expert Sarah Mojarad.

IAB readies leadership summit

IAB's Annual Leadership Meeting 2020 is a three-day event that CEO Randall Rothenberg calls The New Alphabet of Consumer Experience in this interview. Tracks will focus on disruptive technologies such as 5G, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and the internet of things and how they can be used to enhance consumer experiences along with trends and privacy legislation insight.

Fruit of the Loom transforms its use of data, location tech

Fruit of the Loom has moved from using data simply for reporting to using it in predictive analytics modeling, supply chain forecasting and machine learning. Location intelligence technology such as geographic information systems has given the company detailed data on customers at particular stores.

Expectations running high for iPhone 12

The iPhone 12's capabilities reportedly will approach those of the MacBook Pro, and the phone is expected to include a long-range 3D camera, 6 gigabytes of RAM and 5G technology, along with augmented and virtual reality features. The processor that will underlie the next generation of iPhones is said to be a substantial improvement over the current processors.

House panel explores FDA's efforts to speed complex generics approval

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn asking for details on the agency's efforts to expedite approval of complex generic drugs. The lawmakers said they want to know if the FDA needs more authority to improve the regulatory process for the drugs.

Greenblatt offers vision for HBO Max

HBO Max will complement sister service HBO when the streaming service launches, WarnerMedia's Robert Greenblatt explains in an interview where he expounds on the company's strategy for HBO Max for its May debut. "We're trying really hard to assign the same quality level and curated feeling that HBO has. It'll never be 50,000 hours of programming," he says.

Rep. Pelosi says highway bill coming in Jan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says a comprehensive highway bill will be introduced this month. The bill, which would update the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, would contain climate provisions, Pelosi says.

Very thin substances could be the future of manufacturing

Extremely thin two-dimensional materials such as molybdenum disulfide and graphene hold promise for the manufacturing of phones, headphones, solar cells and more. They can also be combined into three-dimensional blocks and deposited on silicon wafers for experiments.

Emotional support animals cause problems for service dogs

About eighty organizations have written to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, requesting that the agency provide guidance on the definition of service animals in response to incidents on aircraft involving disruptions by untrained emotional support animals. "People are fraudulently misrepresenting their pets. We want to protect those dogs and the people that need service dogs ... to live a somewhat normal life," Sheila Goffe of the American Kennel Club said.

Wellness certification may be next gold star for hotels

The competition for well-being-oriented customers has led hotels to embrace varying degrees of sustainability initiatives and wellness amenities -- and those that have been going all-in are eager to herald that with certifications. Stay Well rooms provide one barometer, while the WELL Building Standard, in conjunction with the Green Business Certification, offers another -- with the Inn at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Calif., the first hotel to win the label.