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Theft of Debit-Card Data From ATMs Soars
By Robin Sidel, The Wall Street Journal
Criminals are stealing card data from U.S. automated teller machines at the highest rate in two decades, preying on ATMs while merchants crack down on fraud at the checkout counter. The incidents, in which thieves steal information from debit cards to make counterfeit plastic, are taking place at ATMs that are owned by banks as well as independently owned cash kiosks in shopping centers, convenience stores and restaurants, according to industry executives.
Why spring (yawn) makes us (yawn) sleepy
By Alena Hall, The Huffington Post
CNN)It's safe to say that spring has finally sprung! The days are lighter, the breeze is warmer and we feel sleepier than ever. What gives? We anticipate having boundless energy as we leave our semi-hibernative states that protected us so well from the harsh winter, but many of us fall victim to substantial sleepiness as the seasons fluctuate. According to Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an environmental scholar with the National Sleep Foundation, much of this drowsiness is due to the fact that our bodies take time to adjust our sleep-wake cycles to match the new season patterns, and that timing is often out of sync with Mother Nature.
Robots threaten these 8 jobs
By Matt Egan, CNN Money
Soon you could be competing with a robot for a job. Economists are sharply divided over the exact timing of the threat from robots and other forms of futuristic technology. Some see an imminent threat, others believe it won't happen until later this century -- if at all. Yet Amy Webb, a digital media futurist and founder of Webbmedia Group, predicts at least eight career fields are "ripe for disruption" very soon -- like in the next 10 to 20 years.
Robotic exoskeleton allows vet to walk again
By Nicole Kwan, FOX News
Three years ago, Theresa Hannigan, 61, lost the ability to walk due to an autoimmune disease that has slowly been settling throughout her body since she was 27 years old. Now, thanks to an innovative robotic exoskeleton, the veteran has regained mobility and gotten her life back, she says. Hannigan was first asked to be a part of research into the ReWalk Personal System as a patient at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., but she didn’t have enough upper body strength to qualify. She went home and trained until about a month later, when she returned and asked to be reconsidered. By this time, she was about 10 months into having to use a wheelchair.
Challenges of Communicating with Coworkers
By Andrea Murad, FOX Business
Good communication skills will help you succeed in your career. But knowing when to pick up the phone, meet in person or send an email, along with how to best craft your message, can be challenging. While technical skills are important, your communication skills are what build the foundation for strong relationships within your network. "Good communication skills foster positive working relationships that lead to a better, more efficient and effective work environment,” says Tom Codd, vice chair and U.S. Human Capital Leader at PwC. “When you consider the significant portion of time spent with co-workers, good communication makes life more pleasant."
Kids do a lot better when schools ban smartphones
By Ivana Kottasova, CNN Money
Do you want your children to do better in exams? Then take away their smartphones. (Sorry, kids!) Schools that ban students from carrying phones see a clear improvement in their test scores, according to a study by the London School of Economics. "We found the impact of banning phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days," researchers Richard Murphy and Louis-Philippe Beland said.
The 'elder orphans' of the Baby Boom generation
By Carina Storrs, CNN
(CNN)Recently a 76-year-old man known as HB, whose health had been deteriorating, tried to take his own life and was admitted to North Shore University Hospital on Long Island. Doctors decided that HB would not be able to go back to living by himself because of his condition and complications while in the hospital. With his only family across the country and no social support in the area, the man was placed, possibly permanently, in a nursing home.
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