Economic Report: U.S. service firms grow at slowest pace in 5 months but most still upbeat despite tariffs, higher rates, ‘political claptrap,’ ISM finds

Service-oriented U.S. firms such as retailers, banks and software-developers grew in December at the slowest pace since midsummer, but business was still quite brisk, according to a survey of top executives. The ISM non-manufacturing index fell to 57.6 last month from 60.7 source

Before winning ‘American Idol,’ Kelly Clarkson was broke, working at Papa John’s and had ‘nothing to my name’ – CNBC Before winning ‘American Idol,’ Kelly Clarkson was broke, working at Papa John’s and had ‘nothing to my name’  CNBC After winning the first season of “American Idol” in 2002, Kelly Clarkson put out a No. 1 single and got a record deal — and that was just the beginning. Vía “making money” – Google News […]

Balanced diet, exercise may not prevent gestational diabetes A new study is the latest evidence that the ‘first-line’ strategy for preventing gestational diabetes mellitus isn’t working. Over the past five years, more than 5,000 pregnant women took part in clinical trials focused on limiting weight gain in order to prevent gestational diabetes. The moms-to-be improved their diet quality, ate less, and increased […]

Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic Scientists have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily

Stock options worth more for women, senior managers, study finds A novel new way of determining the value of employee stock options has yielded some surprising insights: Options granted to woman and senior managers are worth more because they hold them longer. And options that vest annually rather than monthly are worth more for the same reason. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two different nanoscale crystalline structures in the metal cobalt. The technique allowed continuous study of cobalt nanoparticles as they grew from clusters including tens of atoms to […]