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  • The Dirty Secret

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

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  • Marginally Useful

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

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  • The Library of Utopia

    Google’s ambitious book-scanning program is foundering in the courts. Now a Harvard-led group is launching its own sweeping effort to put our literary heritage online. Will the Ivy League succeed where Silicon Valley failed?

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  • The German Experiment

    The government sets a premium price on solar and other alternative power sources. The policy offers lessons in ways to encourage the use of renewable energy.

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  • A Pound of Cure

    The federal government is about to spend big on health-care IT. Too bad the medical industry has a vested interest in inefficiency.

    23 comments

  • 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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