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 ...
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.
Boys are more likely to play up at school, but it's more social than biological
While research generally agrees that boys are more likely to be disengaged with school than girls, there is far less agreement as to why.
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 ...