Microsoft tops expectations with record revenue (Update)
Microsoft soared to record revenues in the last quarter, confounding Wall Street forecasts on the back of strong demand for Xbox consoles, Surface tablets and Internet "cloud" services.
Inheritance of lifespan is sex-dependent in fruit flies
Like mother, like daughter; like father, like son. Evolutionary biologists at the universities in Bielefeld and Uppsala (Sweden) have now shown that this proverb also applies to inheriting a long life – at least for fruit ...
Study estimates extent to which air pollution in China shortens human lives
A high level of air pollution, in the form of particulates produced by burning coal, significantly shortens the lives of people exposed to it, according to a unique new study of China co-authored by an MIT economist.
World population could be nearly 11 billion by 2100, research shows
A new statistical analysis shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, according to a United Nations report issued June 13. That's about 800 million, or about 8 percent, more than the ...
Amazon's online workforce not so anonymous after all
(Phys.org) —Most people assume that Amazon.com's massive online workforce is anonymous, but a study by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other universities has uncovered a security vulnerability ...
Researchers show telomere lengths predict life expectancy in the wild
Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found that biological age and life expectancy can be predicted by measuring an individual's DNA.
Intel sees weak 4Q, little Windows 8 bounce (Update)
Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, expects cold winds to blow this fall, as consumers shift their spending toward tablets and a weak global economy curbs corporate spending on computers.
Twitter shares sink on worries about usage
Shares in Twitter sank more than 12 percent Tuesday as disappointing user numbers overshadowed a doubling of income in its third quarter and sparked several analyst downgrades.
Norway ranks No. 1, Afghanistan last, in quality of life for over-60s
No country takes better care of its seniors than Norway, where those over 60 enjoy social security bankrolled by the nation's oil wealth and are well represented in politics and the work place, a global study on aging reported ...
Twitter shares sink to historic low on weak user data (Update)
Twitter shares plummeted to their lowest level since the company's November Wall Street debut after the company added fewer new users than expected.
Microsoft earnings slip but still beat forecasts (Update)
Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly profit slipped as lifestyles continued to shift from personal computers to mobile devices and Internet cloud software.
3 Qs: Economist makes the case for new quasi-experiments as a way of studying environmental issues
How can scholars get traction on environmental problems, particularly those relating to pollution? In an essay appearing in this week's issue of the journal Science, MIT economist Michael Greenstone, along ...
Google takes hit on growth disappointment (Update)
Google lost some of its luster Wednesday as quarterly results failed to meet lofty Wall Street expectations, sending its shares down sharply.
Wearable electronic skin delivers drugs and stores data
Average life expectancy has nearly doubled since 1800, thanks to progress in medicine. Most of that was made by developing drugs and improving public health services. The medical revolution of the 21st century ...