A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
A robot might seem like a useful thing to have around the house, but is the reality up to the hype?
The way scientific information diffuses through the knowledge economy is changing, and the first evidence from Wikipedia shows how.
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists.
Studying the pre-Islamic State tweets of people who end up backing the organization paints a revealing picture of how support emerges, say computer scientists.
EIA’s latest numbers shows a continuous growth in energy consumption, led by China and India.
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.