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David Talbot Editor

I’m MIT Technology Review’s chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.

  • Toward a High-Definition YouTube

    The world’s most advanced Internet backbone is not only 10 times fatter–it also pushes the envelope on reliability

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  • A Practical Fuel-Cell Power Plant

    GE’s advance allows for a solid-oxide fuel cell to use coal-based fuels at costs approaching that of conventional power plants.

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  • Tracking Small Planes with GPS

    The last quarter-mile of Corey Lidle’s fatal flight in Manhattan went unrecorded by radar. GPS technology could allow more precise accident reconstruction.

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  • Databases That Learn

    A new generation of security software studies the way people normally access a database to identify hackers.

  • A Dangerous Energy Climate

    Panelists at the Emerging Technologies Conference voiced an urgent need for aggressive policies to promote energy efficiency, renewable power sources, and carbon sequestration.

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  • BMW's Hydrogen Hopes

    Hydrogen may never be feasible as a fuel for vehicles, but BMW is pushing ahead anyway with an advanced hydrogen-gas combustion hybrid.

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  • Missile Defense: Hit or Miss?

    The most recent test of the U.S. missile defense system is receiving criticism from technical observers for its simplicity and secrecy.

    17 comments

  • Carbon Ready

    Sequestration science is far ahead of needed policy.

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