Mamma Mia! As Starbucks Looms, Italians Warm to U.S.-Style Coffee

MILAN— Giuseppe Disponetti has hewed to the same business model since opening his cafe here in 1989. Using a tried-and-true coffee blend, he sells mostly espresso and cappuccino to regulars who toss back their drinks while standing at the bar. He hasn’t refurbished in 20 years and offers no trendy blended coffee beverages or comfy chairs.

Calculus Is So Last Century

Can you remember the last time you did calculus? Unless you are a researcher or engineer, chances are good it was in a high-school or college class you’d rather forget. For most Americans, solving a calculus problem is not a skill they need to perform well at work.

Buffett: Politicians ‘Dead Wrong’

Warren Buffett has a message for presidential candidates and others who are down on the U.S. economy: You are “dead wrong.”

In his annual letter to shareholders released Saturday, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reaffirmed his confidence in the future of the country, saying that America’s “golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs.”

For Silicon Valley, the Hangover Begins

Not long ago, employees at Practice Fusion Inc. reveled in the technology boom, munching daily on free healthy food, enjoying “Phenomenal Friday” gatherings and racing around the office on tricycles.

Measuring the Placebo Effect

When Bonnie Anderson’s water purifier sprang a leak, she slipped on the wet tiles in her kitchen and cracked a bone in her spine. The 75-year-old, formerly an avid golfer, was crippled by pain and insomnia. In desperation, she volunteered for an experimental procedure called vertebroplasty, in which medical cement is pumped into the fracture.

Free Web Called Threat To Net Neutrality in India

NEW DELHI—Hundreds of people showed up at an auditorium in India’s capital on Thursday for a passionate hourslong debate about whether Facebook Inc.

Instead of Computer Code, ‘Plant Hackers’ Tinker With Genetics

After his parents go to bed, Sebastian Cocioba usually retires to the third bedroom of the family apartment, where he has built a laboratory.

Crucial Bee Colonies Appear at Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that bee colonies may face health risks from a class of controversial insecticides called neonicotinoids in certain situations, adding to a debate over how the chemicals affect insects that are critical to U.S. agriculture.

The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed

Here’s a sobering thought for the holidays: Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.

In Bhutan, Gross National Happiness Trumps Gross National Product

THIMPHU, Bhutan—This secluded Buddhist kingdom uses a unique barometer to measure economic progress. And the message of the 2015 Gross National Happiness Index is a troubling one: Money isn’t buying enough contentment.

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