MIT students solve the mystery of breaking spaghetti
USA Today

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to break dry spaghetti in half cleanly by making a tool that bends and twists the pasta while overcoming the initial vibrations that can cause fracturing. "It will be interesting to see whether and how twist could similarly be used to control the fracture dynamics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials," said MIT professor Jorn Dunkel.

Elementary school balances play, learning

Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.

US home refinancing drops as interest rates rise

Refinancing of home mortgages in the US dropped last week to the lowest level since 2000, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. Interest rates for 30-year loans have grown roughly 60 basis points since 2018 began.

Hershey CFO Patricia Little to step down next year

Hershey Chief Financial Officer Patricia Little will retire next spring, and the company has launched a search for her replacement. The new hire will face a changing market, including consumer preferences for healthier snacking, plus rising costs due to shipping and wages, analysts at Wells Fargo and Berenberg, Gossler & Co. said.

Everyday cybersecurity tips from the pros

Setting up software to install patches automatically, using two-factor authentication, thinking every day about what could go wrong, approaching requests for personal information with suspicion, diligently backing up data and using a password manager are among the top defenses cited by cybersecurity experts at two recent conferences in Las Vegas.

Red, Michelob Ultra launch #UltraCaddieContest

Red has created the "Ultra Caddie Bag" for Michelob Ultra that features an integrated tablet, Bose Bluetooth speaker, LED lighting and a refillable beer keg that comes with a tap and pint glasses. The brand is inviting consumers to win the unique product by entering the #UltraCaddieContest on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Sources: Google plans first brick-and-mortar store in Chicago

Google is planning its first retail flagship in a 14,000-square-foot, two-story space in Chicago's meatpacking district, sources said. Google has thus far relied on pop-ups and in-store shops to display its growing array of gadgets including Google Home, smartphones and tablets.

"Voice hacking" puts identities at risk

Hackers can copy voiceprints to steal identities and access speech-control systems through attacks known as "voice hacking." CyberSponse Chief Strategy Officer Larry Johnson explores ways that hackers are using voice hacking, while also offering basic ways that companies should protect themselves to avoid these attacks.

Salmonella-related recall of kratom products expanded

A voluntary recall was issued by Zakah Life for kratom products related to an ongoing salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 199 people and caused 38 to be hospitalized across 41 states. The recalled Zakah products were Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom Powder, Super Green Maeng Da powder and premium kratom capsules, and Red Powder Vein Bali Kratom powder, which have expiration dates prior to Jan. 1, 2023, and were shipped across the US.

Pai: Net neutrality claims fall short

Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.

Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay is slowing disappearing
CBS News

Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay faces an existential threat due to changing weather patterns that lead to rising water levels and increased erosion. The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to address erosion on the island with a $3 million jetty, and the Corps is seeking approval for a study examining the best ways to protect the island.

Caesars to cut carbon emissions by 95%

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 95% of 2011 figures by 2050. Meanwhile, 60% of Caesars' suppliers will set science-based emissions reduction targets by 2023, according to the company.

Mass. partnership to use storytelling with STEM

Educators in Massachusetts will soon work to create a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that integrates storytelling and students' imaginations into lessons for middle-schoolers. Using a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, a school district, Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College will partner on the four-year project with the goal of being the "Harry Potter of STEM education," according to one official.

United partners with Michelin Guides

United Airlines has entered into a partnership with Michelin Guides to provide MileagePlus members access to exclusive events in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. Members can use their miles to bid on the events, which include guide launch events with cocktails and tasting stations from the new Michelin chefs of 2019.