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David Talbot Editor

I’m MIT Technology Review’s chief correspondent, interested in a wide range of topics including climate change, energy, and information and communication technologies. Recent projects have included traveling to China to write about GMO crop development there, and Germany to explore how they’ll try to 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.

    4 comments

  • 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.

    13 comments

  • 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.

    23 comments

  • 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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