Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), gave bumblebees the option to choose between a sugar solution with nicotine in it and one without. ...
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 ...
Japan's whaling science under the microscope
When Japanese researchers said earlier this year that eating whale meat could help prevent dementia and memory loss, the news provoked snorts of derision—it couldn't be real science, went the retort.
Twitter shares dive as earnings miss mark (Update 2)
Twitter shares plunged Tuesday after an earnings report fell short of market expectations, despite a jump in the number of active monthly users above 300 million.
Amazon's Web Services boosts 1Q revenue
Strong demand for cloud computing services helped Amazon's revenue jump 15 percent in the first quarter.
Raising retirement age would widen benefit disparities for disadvantaged
The age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70, according to a report published in the journal Daedalus.
High pollution cuts most Indian lives short by three years
India's air pollution, ranked among the world's worst, is reducing the life expectancy of over half of the country's population by more than three years, according to a new study.
Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings
Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors ...
IBM 4Q revenue continues to sag, 2015 outlook disappoints
IBM's fourth-quarter net income dropped 11 percent as revenue in most categories continued to decline, and its outlook for the year disappointed investors.