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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.

  • How Technology Failed in Iraq

    The Iraq War was supposed to be a preview of the new U.S. military: a light, swift force that relies as much on sensors and communications networks as on heavy armor and huge numbers. But once the shooting started, technology fell far short of expectations.

  • Where's the Beef from?

    Electronic and biological tracking technologies could safeguard the nation’s food, but the meat industry may be too mired in antiquated practices to buy in.

  • The Digital Apartment

    PlaceLab researchers are studying how people interact with their homes. Their goal: design useful residential technologies.

  • Swimming Sentinels

    Fish enlisted in protecting water supplies from toxins

  • Alternative to Incineration

    Hot plasmas could dispose of toxic waste and produce hydrogen, without the harmful byproducts of combustion.

  • Souped-Up Jet Engine

    The most powerful jet engine ever may help Boeing beat back European rival Airbus.

  • Boeing's Flight for Survival

    The 7E7 could set new efficiency standards, thanks to lightweight materials, smarter sensors, and a streamlined design process. But can it pull Boeing out of a market nosedive and revitalize struggling airlines?

  • The Nano Sorter

    DuPont uses DNA to sort carbon nanotubes by conductivity.

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