Ongoing learning is the key to preparing for middle-skill jobs, which are those requiring less than a bachelor's degree, but more than high school diploma, writes Jeffrey Selingo. Middle-skill job openings are expected to grow significantly as baby boomers retire, and ongoing training to keep up to date with changing technology is the key to securing a job within this sector, Selingo adds.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have used an egg from one female mouse and a haploid embryonic stem cell from another female -- which was gene edited to render the two cells compatible -- to make healthy mice babies. While this study of same-sex reproduction was successful, the scientists have said that the process is an extremely long way off from possibly being replicated with humans.
This week's US stock sell-off is an unsurprising instance of market correction after a particularly strong period for the stock market, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "There are ups and downs, and I think it's fair to observe that the US equity markets and stock markets in general have been extremely high," said International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Inventory runs, like bank runs, are a natural reaction to dwindling stock that adds volatility and discomfort to the supplier, and a study suggests one way to fix this is by not revealing inventory data to retailers. "I think this might be the very first paper that comes up with a cost for showing information in the supply chain," says Robert Bray, associate professor of operations at Kellogg.
Stay focused in noisy open-office environments by first embracing the positives, such as the camaraderie in such situations, and then set rules as to agreed-upon norms with your team. Involve your manager to get everyone on the same page as to rules and common courtesies, such as whispering when a co-worker is on an important call.
Municipalities in Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland are among those that have banned children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, saying it will decrease vandalism. The age restriction in Chesapeake, Va., includes the ability to charge people with a misdemeanor that can land six months in jail and fines.
The Justice Department's inspector general is reviewing allegations that FBI employees have been involved in prostitution and partying in Asia, sources say. The FBI has reassigned some employees to nonoperational positions, but details of the allegations have not been made public.
Senate leaders agreed on a deal to vote on 15 judicial nominees, all of whom were confirmed. The vote allowed the Senate to take recess earlier than planned, giving senators in tough races more time to campaign.
Business owners may have more spare time than they think, although it may come in small, 15- to 20-minute chunks rather than large blocks. Business owners can use those periods to watch short educational videos or do other useful things, Masthead Media co-founder Amanda Kreuser writes.
The concept of agile thinking can improve how we develop employees and our own careers, as we need to be flexible about our goals and nimble enough to learn new skills as the job market changes, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Consider job shadowing, coaching, mentoring, opportunities for greater visibility, experience-based learning via special projects and stretch assignments," she writes.