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No. 1 cause of bad work-life balance? Bad bosses
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money
Be honest. How many times have you said this to your 5-year-old: "Hold on a sec, honey, I just have to answer this email from work." Ever missed an anniversary dinner or spent a day or two of your vacation fielding calls from the office? While a majority of people say they have at least a somewhat good work-life balance, 89% say it's important for employers and clients not to contact them outside of work.
6 Ways For Smart Thinking
By Marc Forster-Pert, CNN
(CNN)Forgotten why you went to the refrigerator? Struggling to concentrate on work and multitask at the same time? Join the club. Experts cite that eating well, reducing stress and physical activity are all ways to keep our brains sharp and functioning at top-notch speed. But in the same way you workout out to keep your body in shape, your mind also needs exercising. According to neuroscientists, learning and practicing any challenging skill can change the structure of your brain for the better and help growth and survival of the 86 billion neurons constantly active in your brain.
Smartwatches: The death of the smartphone?
By John R. Quain, FOXNews
As the Apple Watch joins the march toward wearable computing, does it augur the ultimate end of the very device — the smartphone — that the company popularized? Smartwatches, such as the Moto 360, Samsung Gear S, Pebble, and Apple Watch, are far from perfect, but one can already see the outlines of a product that could displace its predecessor. For many people, laptops replaced desktops and then tablets replaced laptops. Could our addiction to smartphones be just as vulnerable?
Just 1 hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kids, study says
By Colleen Cappon, FOXNews
A new study has researchers calling for stricter recommendations on screen time for kids following evidence that suggests watching only an hour of TV a day is linked to an unhealthy weight. Researchers from the University of Virginia analyzed data from more than 11,000 children, and found kindergartners and first graders who watched an hour of TV daily were more likely to be overweight or obese than children who watched for less than 60 minutes.
Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles
By Ilan Brat, The Wall Street Journal
OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands. Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby.
PepsiCo to Launch Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi in U.S.
By Anjali Athavaley and Sruthi Ramakrishnan, FOXNews
PepsiCo Inc (PEP) said it would replace its current Diet Pepsi offerings in the United States with those free of aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has come under scrutiny from health-conscious consumers. Diet Pepsi, Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi sweetened with a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium will begin replacing current offerings in August, the company said on Friday.
It's expensive to be poor
CNN Money
Low-income Americans are spending far more than they earn, forcing many to dip into savings, lean on family or go into debt. Those in the bottom 30% of the income scale make an average of $14,000 a year, including the value of many government benefits like food stamps or disability payments. But they spend more than $25,000, or 182%, of their annual income mostly on basic needs like housing, food and transportation, according to a CNNMoney analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
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