Multitasking may reduce your productivity, and now a new study shows that this may happen because multitasking interferes with certain types of brain activity. The results suggest that it is better to work on one task at a time than try to complete many tasks at once, the researchers said. In the study, the researchers wanted to look at what happens in the brain when the process of gathering information and absorbing it is interrupted. The scientists scanned people's brains while they were watching short segments from "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "James Bond" movies. [6 Foods That Are Good for Your Brain] Normally, to understand a sequence of events happening over time — as happens when you watch a movie — the brain must gather information about the events as they unfold, and absorb this information. However, when a person starts paying attention to something else, which is unrelated to the sequence of events, the information-gathering and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Why multitasking is killing your productivity
American Cannabis Company, a Denver-based consulting and ancillary marijuana products firm, signed a distribution deal to sell cultivation-related products through Walmart, The Home Depot and Amazon. The two products approved for sale will be available online, not in the brick-and-mortar locations. SoHum Living Soils is a potting soil designed primarily for cannabis but can be used for other vegetation. “Dr. Marijane Root Probiotic is a soil additive. “ACC is excited to have the opportunity to offer our products online through these major retailers. We are especially excited to be selling our proprietary SoHum Living Soils potting mix through these online channels, as we have spent years perfecting our blend, and fine-tuning the messaging around the brand itself,” CEO Terry Buffalo said in a statement. RELATED STORY: Can sustainable farmers survive marijuana legalization? “We are also proud to be offering Dr. Marijane Root Probiotic on these online … [Read more...] about 3 retail giants will carry products from this cannabis company
It's one of those chestnut questions raised by frustrated parents -- this time by Bob Ingrassia, a former Pioneer Press editor who now directs content marketing for the Fast Horse web site. At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I have to ask: Has co-branding on products aimed at kids gotten out of hand? I’m not talking about toys, video games and junk food. Parents tiptoe through those landmines all the time. That’s life. I’m talking about everyday products such as toothpaste, bandages, shoes, cereal and other staples. Stuff you’d have a tough time avoiding altogether. It seems as if everything has a popular cartoon or movie character adorning the product or its package. If they make it, someone’s slapping Lightning McQueen, Luke Skywalker or Cinderella on it. Now, I don’t see anything evil or inherently wrong with Transformers Band-Aids or Arthur macaroni and cheese. The problem comes with the expectations that develop in kids’ … [Read more...] about Does every kid product need to come with cartoon marketing?
More than a century ago, “all ‘copy’ of every description” passed through the hands of the Minneapolis Tribune’s night editor. It was a critical job in the production of the morning newspaper. But the workload was heavy, the pressure relentless, the technology primitive and the hours abominable. Here’s our third installment of the Tribune’s two-page spread on “TO MAKE A PAPER.” The Problem of Seven Columns of Matter and Five Columns of Hole. After the managing editor has compared the morning TRIBUNE with its contemporaries, has had a consultation with the business and editorial departments, and has mapped out in detail the size and character of the paper to be issued on the following morning, he is supposed to go home, and the detail of his plans is executed by the night editor, who is at his desk by 7 o’clock p.m. and is on duty until the papers are in the hands of the carriers. All “copy" of every description passes … [Read more...] about Jan. 1, 1889: The life of a night editor
Opinion San Francisco Chronicle Published 4:48 pm, Monday, May 9, 2016 Photo: Anonymous, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this 1969 publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, John Wayne appears in a scene from "True Grit." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, file) FILE - In this 1969 publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, John Wayne appears in a scene from "True Grit." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, file) Photo: Anonymous, AP Letters to the Editor, May 10 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Regarding “Are bad schools a problem that legal system can fix?” (Insight, May 8): Peter Schrag asks if the courts can fix our educational system. I’ve been a teacher for 34 years and have a few thoughts. The fix is easy. The execution of it is hard. The single-most-important person in the … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor, May 10