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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.

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    No matter how well they’re engineered, hydrogen cars offer no real answer to the imminent threats posed by global warming.

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    Wondering what to do with your old electronics this New Year? Online guides tell consumers how to avoid sending their computers to toxic chop shops.

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  • Gassy Tank

    BMW’s plan to manufacture a hydrogen tank

  • Fuel Cell for Coal

    GE’s solid-oxide cell could be an energy breakthrough

  • Self-Healing Guardrails

    Material customized for NASCAR crash safety is now eyed as an impact absorber for carnage-prone spots on U.S. highways.

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  • Return of the Porta-People

    In a new take on teleconferencing technologies, a rotating display holds forth at the weekly meeting.

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