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 http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7BA65F8EAE-1288-11E9-8A91-240764EB111F%7D&siteid=rss&rss=1

Balanced diet, exercise may not prevent gestational diabetes

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J 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…

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J 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…

Shock as Vatican brings Cardinal John Tong out of retirement to serve as acting head of Hong Kong diocese following death of bishop

The Vatican has brought former bishop John Tong Hon out of retirement to serve as acting head of Hong Kong’s 400,000-strong Catholic community in a surprise and unprecedented move following his successor’s death last week. Cardinal Tong himself expressed “shock” as he revealed on Monday that he was appointed on Saturday as apostolic administrator, which…

Security footage shows democracy activist Howard Lam was walking alone freely at the time of alleged 2017 kidnapping, Hong Kong court told

Hong Kong police found democracy activist Howard Lam Tsz-kin travelling by himself at a time when he claimed to have been abducted, after identifying him by his walking manner and appearance through repeatedly watching 1,800 hours of security footage, a court heard on Monday. Two officers testified to studying Lam’s appearance, built and gait and…

Baby Boomers May Be Your Biggest Startup Competitors

Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs. In fact, according to the latest Index of Startup Activity by the Kauffman Foundation and recent press reports, these Baby Boomers are actually…