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Researchers working on app that sees injury risks at work

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To test how well the algorithm might work in a warehouse, the researchers had a robot monitor participants performing activities in a warehouse-like setting. Within three seconds of the end of each activity, the robot showed a score on its display. (Parsa et al./IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters)

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them if they risk musculoskeletal injuries in real time, and they’re using their knowledge to develop an app. The researchers used machine learning ...

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A number to know: The cost of acquisition

$950 million The amount that Vertex spent buying Semma Therapeutics, a biotech company working on a cure for diabetes. READ MORE AT ENDPOINTS NEWS >

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Business news roundup

A man could not get a Popeye’s chicken sandwich because it was sold out. He’s accused of pulling a gun. WASHINGTON POST > The ISM U.S. manufacturing PMI declined to 49.1% in August, the lowest reading in more than three years. CNBC > ...

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Investment judgement can be clouded by familiarity, researchers say

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When choosing where to invest, it's really easy to pick something because it's familiar, even though that could be the wrong reason to invest, according to research from Vanderbilt University business professors.

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Study: People losing jobs would rather lose them to robots

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Millions of jobs are expected to be threatened by robots and artificial intelligence in the coming years, and while much has been speculated about the economic impact on society, a new study suggests a surprising psychological impact on workers: that ...

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Researchers: Don’t make your exploding job offer too explosive

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Sometimes, companies in a rush to hire an employee may use job offers with unreasonably short deadlines for acceptance — called exploding offers — in order to force an employee to choose quickly. How can that affect the hiring process? ...

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Business news roundup

A whistleblower says GE is a bigger fraud than Enron. CNN > Virgin Galactic has opened Spaceport America, and the company’s launch vehicle has arrived. Engadget > Some small businesses are planning to grow even if there’s a larger economic downturn. AP> How a ...

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Business news roundup

President Trump says the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates aggressively this week. CNBC > Ryanair’ CEO says Boeing had better get its “s— together” over the 737 Max. CNBC > Lending money to staffers can cause problems for employers. AP> Behind the scenes ...

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A number to know: Merged drug companies would bring in billions

$20 billion Expected annual revenue of the combination of Upjohn, a portfolio of drugs that are no longer protected by patents, and Mylan, which makes EpiPens, to create a new company. READ MORE AT WTOP >

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Booking a longer hotel stay? You may end up paying more.

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If you book more nights in a hotel, might you get a deal? You might think so, but research from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics found that hotels increase their pricing for longer stays. “Sometimes, ...

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Survey: Half of employees feel like they don’t have a career

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Almost a third of employees plan to change jobs this year, and half of employees feel like they have just a job, not a career, according to a national survey from CareerBuilder. The survey also found two thirds of employers say ...

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Employees may be stressed managing home, work reputations

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Employees concerned about their reputations as dedicated workers and caring parents may experience stress or an identity change, research from the University of Georgia found. “In our experiences studying working parents, we heard a lot of people say things like, ‘He’s ...

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Scientists demonstrate new business uses for robots (with video)

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If your business isn’t yet using robots, it might be a step closer. Computer scientists at Rutgers have used artificial intelligence to control a robotic arm to pack boxes efficiently, a task usually done by people. “We can achieve low-cost, ...

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A number to know: Added fees for your hotel stay

$9 to $95 The price range of “amenity fees” or “destination fees” charged by Marriott International Inc. that the D.C. Attorney General’s Office called deceptive in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. READ MORE AT WTOP >

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Business news roundup

Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota are planning to strike — on Prime Day — over labor practices TECHCRUNCH > A two-minute breathing exercise can help you make better business decisions, a study says. INC. > Small businesses are becoming even more wary about ...

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