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  • The Limits of Social Engineering

    Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

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  • Ripple Labs

    A startup invented its own digital currency for exchanging money across borders.

  • Upworthy

    You won’t believe how these guys redefined viral content on the Web.

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  • 1366 Technologies

    The company has managed the nearly impossible for a solar startup over the last few years: it is still in business.

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  • Illumina

    After outflanking and outlasting competitors, it is on top of the genome-sequencing business—just as that market is about to soar in importance.

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  • Cree

    By making a cheaper LED lightbulb, the newcomer to the industry hopes to dominate the market for energy-efficient lighting alternatives.

    7 comments

  • Slow Motion

    A 1985 essay saw hope—and immense challenges—for systems that might allow paralyzed people to walk again.

  • Marginally Useful

    Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.

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