Talking Points


Stories you may have missed from the world of business


A school that embraces a trendy model: The startup

They brainstorm in conference rooms with whiteboards, use high-end computers, and are given free breakfast and lunch. Except these are no startup workers. They are students at a New York City public high school embedded inside a technology and manufacturing hub with more than 400 companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It was developed with industry leaders to teach real-life job skills in a city where tech is flourishing as Google expands and Amazon plans to build a campus in Queens. The recently opened Brooklyn STEAM Center (for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) has taken it one step further by locating itself next to companies where students might actually work — one of only a handful of programs in the country situated in a workplace. “Our ambition is that it will be a next-generation model for career and technical schools here in New York City,” said David Ehrenberg, CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., a nonprofit that manages the city-owned site. “Instead of learning on paper — and maybe you forget it, and maybe you don’t — you put your hands into the work,” said student Jordan Gomes, 16. On Tuesday, the school’s chancellor, Richard Carranza, and other city leaders will officially open the school’s $17 million home, about two weeks after students moved in. — NEW YORK TIMES


Cows get
their own Tinder-style app for breeding

Cows and bulls searching for ‘‘moo love’’ now have a mobile app. A UK startup, Hectare, introduced a Tinder-style app, called Tudder, that lets farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with details on age, location, and owner. Users hear a mooing sound as they swipe: right to show they’re interested, or left to say no. Hectare says it ‘‘seeks to unite sheepish farm animals with their soulmates.’’ Selling animals using social media can speed up a process that often involves transporting animals long distances for breeding. Farmers who swipe right are directed to Hectare’s livestock-buying website, with a chance to contact the owner or make an offer, and to see information on the animal’s character and health. Profiles range from ‘‘nice big strong sorts make nice suckler cows’’ to ‘‘quiet well grown young bull ready to work.’’ — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Average price of gas jumps penny per gallon

The average price of regular-grade gasoline is up a penny a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.34. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that she expects gas prices to keep rising slightly as retailers pass on increases in wholesale costs to consumers. Lundberg said the price at the pump is 32 cents lower than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the nation is $3.38 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest is $1.91, in Houston. The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3. — ASSOCIATED PRESS