A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Studying cultural variation around the world has always been expensive, time-consuming work. Which is why the newfound ability to mine the data from location-based social networks is revolutionizing this science.
Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.
Codes we live by, laws we follow, and computers that move too fast to care.
Advanced Cell Technology is testing a stem-cell treatment for blindness that could preserve vision and potentially reverse vision loss.
A microfluidic panel lets users push buttons on a flat interface.
In the wake of Facebook’s billion-dollar Instagram buyout, video-sharing apps are jostling to become the next big thing.
What the blog network’s monetization plans say about the future of publishing.
Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.
A Brazilian neuroscientist says brain-controlled robotics will let the paralyzed walk again.