Emily Bartlett

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How computers change the way we learn

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.<p>“This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. …

Learning

Ozone Focus of EPA’s Latest Rulemaking

Changing Planet<p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that sets domestic production consumption limits for hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)—eventually phasing them out completely by 2020. The rule aims to reduce emissions from leakage and stockpiles of four HCFCs, a class …

Economic worries may have spurred rise in vasectomies since recession

It started with an offhand comment from a urologist's secretary: More men than usual were calling to discuss sterilization or to schedule a vasectomy.<p>At that moment six years ago, Dr. Marc Goldstein and his colleague at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, wondered whether they were …

Microsoft Earnings Top Estimates Despite Dent From Nokia Integration, Layoff Costs

Revenue was up significantly, but profits took a hit amid restructuring charges.<p>Microsoft saw its September quarter earnings take a hit amid significant costs related to its biggest-ever job cuts and the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit.<p>The software maker said Thursday it earned $4.5 billion, or …

Amazon's losses balloon to $544 million in its third quarter earnings

Revenue continues to climb, but losses are growing faster<p>Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a operating loss of $544 million, more than twenty times what was lost for the same period in 2013. Its revenues grew to $20.84 billion, …

European Union Sets Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Leaders in Europe have agreed that 28 nations will cut greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal comes a year …

European Union

Scientists Can Zoom Inside Real-Time 3D Images of Cells with this New Microscope

One of the 2014 Nobel Prize winners is back with a brilliant new advance on the microscope.<p><b>Using sheets of light to scan cells, a new</b> microscope can capture real-time 3D videos of what's happening inside cells down to the molecular level—feat once thought impossible.<p>The inventors of the new …