Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process

Serious scientists, who’ve long scoffed at “anti-aging” products such as nutritional supplements and growth hormones, are now warming to the idea of slowing human aging.


Millennials get plenty of financial advice — but most of it is wrong

Unlike past generations, young adults have unprecedented financial pressure.

Christina Severin, the CEO of Community Care Cooperative.

Five things you should know about Christina Severin

Severin runs a Boston-based company that’s embarking on an experiment in Mass. health care.

From left, former Biogen CEOs George Scangos, Walter Gilbert, Jim Mullen, and current CEO Michel Vounatsos at a celebration of the company’s 40th birthday.


It’s kind of amazing that Biogen is here for its 40th anniversary

The Cambridge biotech has survived — and mostly prospered — in an industry where companies frequently come and go.

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New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.


His business is like time sharing for airplanes

George Antoniadis’s PlaneSense has access to more than 4,000 US airports.

Former Wilmington Trust executives seek acquittal after fraud convictions

Attorneys for the four argue in court papers filed Wednesday that the prosecution evidence wasn’t strong enough to support a jury’s guilty verdict on May 3.

Cambridge Analytica files US bankruptcy after data scandal

Cambridge Analytica, overwhelmed by a scandal over how it harvested data from Facebook to influence the last U.S. election, filed for bankruptcy in New York.


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Union Square is already booming, yet it’s eligible for federal tax breaks.

Opportunity knocks for cities, but is there a hidden cost?

The federal government’s new Opportunity Zones program is aimed at spurring development in low-income areas, but some question who stands to benefit.

The Mystic plant is the largest in Massachusetts, and it’s in a strategic position, at Boston’s doorstep.

Owner seeks extra charge to keep Mystic power plant running

ISO New England has asked Exelon to keep the fires burning beyond a projected closure date in mid-2022.

Top Places to Work deadline extended

Nominate your company for the Boston Globe’s annual rankings of the state’s best workplaces.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

FILE - This May 10, 2017, file photo, shows the CBS logo at their broadcast center in New York. CBS Corp. is suing its controlling shareholder in the latest move in a long-running attempt to combine CBS and Viacom. Both companies’ majority shareholder is National Amusements, which is run by media mogul Sumner Redstone’s daughter Shari Redstone. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Judge denies CBS restraining order against major shareholder

A Delaware judge refused Thursday to grant CBS Corp. a restraining order against its majority shareholder in a power struggle that could decide control of the company.

 Boston, MA - April 27, 2018: Evan Payne displays his Suboxone prescription. He takes the medication in the form of a dissolvable strip. The medication is also available as a tablet. He was at his appointment at the Substance Use Disorders Bridge Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA on April 27, 2018. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Neighborhood Health Plan to encourage prescribing of anti-addiction medication

The plan creates incentives for network doctors to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug that prevents overdoses and supports recovery, but is underused.

04Winthrop -- Renderings of Winthrop Square Tower. (Handel Architects). 5-3-18

Developer wins approval for its Winthrop Square tower

But Millennium’s skyscraper still needs the blessing of the Massachusetts Historical Commission and another round of zoning approval from the city.

Toshiba said Thursday it had received “all required antitrust approvals” from China for the deal with a consortium led by Boston-based Bain Capital.

China approves Toshiba microchip deal

The move that could signal an easing of the simmering trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Bob Coughlin (center), president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, chatted with Mayor Marty Walsh (right) and state Senator Michael Rush.

Shirley Leung

This Mass. organization is banning the all-too-common all-male panel

The Mass. Biotechnology Council will no longer host or sponsor event panels that feature only men.

Roxbury, MA--5/16/2018-- Emily Gonzalez, 15, of Roxbury (L) laughs as she holds up a dress that her friend, Matayah Roderick, 15, of Roxbury wants during the Believe in Yourself event at the Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 18dresses Reporter:

100 Boston teens get gowns and wisdom at a Believe in Yourself event

One hundred girls gathered to hear messages of advice and wisdom from a panel of career-driven Boston women.

Shari Redstone won a round Thursday but CBS said the fight’s not over.

Judge rejects CBS’s move to strip Shari Redstone’s control of company

A Delaware judge on Thursday handed a victory to Shari Redstone in her dispute with CBS, the television network controlled by her family, but left the door open for further courtroom battles in a bitter, and unusually public, boardroom feud.

The Fan Pier area of the Seaport District.

Massport sees intense interest in Seaport property

Massport received proposals from 12 developers for a 1.1-acre parcel the port authority owns on Congress Street.

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US stocks end choppy day slightly lower amid trade jitters

US stock indexes closed slightly lower Thursday after a day of mostly choppy trading, wiping out some of the market’s gains from a day earlier.

An artist’s depiction of a complex proposed for atop the Massachusetts Turnpike along Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay.

Another developer wants to build over the Mass. Pike

A new complex along Mass. Ave. would feature two buildings with 540,000 square feet of space.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) campus in Silver Spring, Md.


FDA calls out 39 drug companies for allegedly blocking access to generics

The new list is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices.

Shari Redstone.

Redstone family wins round in court fight for control of CBS

The ruling is a victory for Shari Redstone in her push to merge the media company with Viacom.

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Wage growth is anemic, and that’s all you really care about

With unemployment below 4 percent and companies unable to fill jobs, this should be a golden age for US workers. But it’s not.

Chema Luengo (left), head of product development, innovation, had a meeting with Jake Auchincloss, product manager, innovation, with Liberty Mutual's Solaria Innovation Lab, which has its offices in the Back Bay WeWork.

Large companies, not just startups, embrace co-working spots

Private corner offices are out; collaborative bullpens are in. And employers want amenities to attract workers.

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Mortgage rates, breakfast forum, and other events and things to know.

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey (right) joined fellow lawmakers at a news conference in Washington Wednesday to press the case for restoring Obama-era Net neutrality rules. With him were Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York (center) and Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York.

Senate backs effort to restore Net neutrality rules

Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure intended to revive Obama-era Internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all Web traffic.

Top Novartis lawyer is out after payments to Cohen

Novartis’ top lawyer is to retire from the company over payments made by the pharmaceutical giant to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, the Swiss drugmaker said Wednesday.

As controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone (left) ails, his daughter Shari Redstone has been trying to reunite CBS with Viacom, a move opposed by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves (right).

Shari Redstone is ordered not to act on CBS before Thursday

CBS Corp. won a ruling temporarily blocking the daughter of controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone from interfering with its board’s preparation of a defensive measure to ward off a merger with Viacom Inc.

16stoke -- Adrian Krainer, a molecular genetics professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, with a 3 1/2-year-old Emma Larson from Long Island who had been dosed with Spinraza during clinical trials and visited him in late 2015. She has improved dramatically. (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Startup seeks answers to insidious form of epilepsy

A key scientist behind Biogen’s drug for a deadly rare condition in kids hopes to catch lightning in a bottle again through a new startup in Bedford.

Tech, retail stocks help drive a rebound in US markets

US stocks notched solid gains Wednesday, recouping some of the market’s losses from a day earlier.

A rendering of the planned Winthrop Square tower (center).

On eve of planning board vote, Winthrop Square tower still has opponents

The Boston Planning & Development Agency is scheduled to vote Thursday on the plan for the 690-foot tower.

Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman under Obama, wants to make sure that Internet providers protect the privacy of users.

Tech Lab

The real reason the Net neutrality fight goes on

The bill passed by the Senate Wednesday will almost certainly be defeated in the GOP-dominated House. But Congress is just one front in the fight to save the regulations.

Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods Market locations.

Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods

Prime members will get an additional 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals on certain items.

The growth of Mass. biotechs is outpacing the number of qualified workers

A new report says 12,000 new jobs are likely to be created between mid-2017 and the middle of 2023.

Airbnb says Walsh’s regulations would hurt middle-class residents

The industry giant had some criticism of the proposed rules that would sharply limit short-term rentals in the city.

01/31/14 - South Boston, MA - Vertex Pharmaceuticals - A bridge connects the two buildings that comprise the new headquarters at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently moved into its new two-building headquarters on the South Boston waterfront. Topic: 04vertex. Story by Robert Weisman/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Salaries at this Boston company rank among highest in US

For the first time, we have a rough sense of what rank-and-file employees earn at publicly traded companies and how that compares to the CEO.

In addition to cutting fake accounts, Facebook removed millions of pieces of violent or obscene content.

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex, and hate speech posts

The company pledged more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company’s business practices.

Thomas Berroa works in a coffee shop at Amazon’s new Fort Point office, on Melcher Street in Boston.

Amazon unveils its newest digs, in Fort Point

All those empty desks at Amazon’s new Boston office won’t stay vacant for long.

A researcher worked at a Pharmacyclics facility in Sunnyvale, Calif.

After outcry, drug makers decide not to triple the price of a cancer pill

Janssen and Pharmacyclics announced they were discontinuing the old capsule and introducing once-a-day tablets in four different dosages.

Uber is expected to hold an initial public offering sometime in 2019 and is eager to move past a series of scandals.

Uber drops forced arbitration for sex misconduct claims

Now, customers can take those claims to court, the company said.

Tech and health care lead US stocks lower

Losses at technology and health care companies helped pull stocks lower Tuesday, snapping the Dow’s eight-day winning streak.

“We want more frictionless and low-cost ways to move value around,” Circle chief executive Jeremy Allaire said.

Some cryptocurrency owners are afraid to spend their coins. This startup wants to change that

Boston-based Circle Internet Financial says its “USD Coin” will be more stable because it’s tied to the dollar.

A panel discussion on Thursday, hosted by software company Repsly, will look at disruptive innovation in the food and beverage industry.

Business agenda

A small business expo, a panel discussion on diversity, and other events and things to know.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia toured MIT, including meeting Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini, in March.


Boston Dynamics will sell its terrifying robot dogs. What could go wrong?

Our reactions to Boston Dynamics’ latest four-legged machines might say more about us than about cutting-edge robots.

The Seattle City Council’s meeting room was crowded before its

Amazon is very unhappy with Seattle’s new tax. What might that mean for Boston?

A per-worker levy to help address homelessness has the company reconsidering its hometown expansion plans.

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Field is narrowed to three for the 3rd annual Aurora Prize

Bold Types: Noubar Afeyan has helped build dozens of companies, but this venture is something different.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.