April 27, 2018: Friday News Roundup

What’s happening, roundup readers? Let’s head into the weekend with some thoughts on why adults should engage in play, how to be super-productive, and a jazzman who taught a generation the multiplication tables.

Playing is Good For Grown-Up Brain and Body
No matter how much you love your job, it’s still important to step away and exercise different mental muscles. Per the article: “Play can act like therapy and help people relate better to others. Fun can also improve brain function. In turn, adults can transfer those skills to challenging situations when things don’t feel that much fun.”

The Next Great Workplace Challenge: 100-Year Careers
Most of us aspire to a long, healthy life that allows us to stay engaged and active. Sounds great, right? But what are the implications for maintaining a career over, say, a century? Read on for one professor’s top 10 list of skills a child born today should be learning in order to be prepared for a very long future.

Skilled at E-Sports? There’s Now a University Offering Scholarships to Top Fortnite Players
We’ve been watching the rise of e-sports with great curiosity. While generous financial offers for student athletes have long been the norm, one American university is going one step further with scholarships for players whose sport is Fortnite.

7 Traits of Super-Productive People
You don’t have to be a workaholic to get a lot done. In fact, the most productive people usually aren’t the ones burning the midnight oil and stressing out. Researchers set out to discover what makes these superhumans so darned productive and found seven specific behaviors the rest of us can strive to emulate.

Bob Dorough, Jazz Musician Best Known For ‘Schoolhouse Rock!,’ Dead At 94
File this away under “the best teachers aren’t always found in classrooms.” For Americans of a certain age, Schoolhouse Rock was a Saturday morning staple that used catchy tunes to help kids understand and absorb the fundamentals of math, grammar, history, and more. This week we said good-bye to the creative talent behind some of the series’ most popular songs.