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  • Sun + Water = Fuel

    With catalysts created by an MIT chemist, sunlight can turn water into hydrogen. If the process can scale up, it could make solar power a dominant source of energy.

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  • The Real Privacy Problem

    As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

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  • Kenya's Startup Boom

    Local programmers and homegrown business models are helping to realize the vast promise of using phones to improve health care and save lives.

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  • Repairing
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    Memories

    A scientist who has anguished over terrors in her family’s history explores how people might erase the trauma from memories.

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  • Apple’s Next Innovation: TV

    Television viewers fumble with awkward remote controls and crave a richer array of on-demand programming. It’s time for Apple to step in and disrupt the TV business.

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  • The Deferred Dreams of Mars

    Officially, the United States plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s. It’s not looking likely. But at NASA, engineers like Bret Drake keep plugging away.

    41 comments

  • The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers

    Fans of 3-D printers and digital design tools argue that these technologies will transform the way we make goods. But can the “maker” movement really produce more than iPhone covers and jewelry?

    40 comments

  • Energy from the Sea

    28 Years Ago in TR: “Massive ocean thermal energy conversion plants may be turning this heat to usable electricity by 1985.” – William F. Whitmore

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  • Turing's Enduring Importance

    The path computing has taken wasn’t inevitable. Even today’s machines rely on a seminal insight from the scientist who cracked Nazi Germany’s codes.

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