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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.

  • The Dirty Secret

    Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.

    25 comments

  • Cheaper, Cleaner Combustion

    A simple new design for combustion chambers used in power plants could slash the amount of pollutants and the costs to consumers.

    17 comments

  • MIT's Energy Agenda

    The institute’s energy council co-chair Ernest J. Moniz describes a sweeping agenda to meet a “remarkable challenge.”

    21 comments

  • Super Plastic

    GE’s new water-sheding coating could lead to self-washing cars.

    1 comment

  • Beaming Books

    It’s a cheap stopgap for the digital divide: satellite transmission.

    3 comments

  • Open Season on Phishing

    Research sponsored by the Dept. of Homeland Security could help firms like Symantec protect consumers from online fraud.

    10 comments

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