And there’s a 50:50 chance of a Three Mile Island-scale disaster in the next 10 years, according to the largest statistical analysis of nuclear accidents ever undertaken.
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
New genetic tools can do tremendous good—if we use them carefully.
Young social networks grow in an entirely different way to mature networks, say computer scientists who have analyzed the way Facebook grew in the heady days after it launched in 2004.
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.
The decision in favor of municipal broadband networks does more than “open Internet” rules ever could to increase competition in a broken market.
The ability to spot faces from any angle, and even when partially occluded, has always been a uniquely human capability. Not anymore.
The rapidly evolving ecosystems associated with personal data is creating an entirely new field of scientific study, say computer scientists. And this requires a much more powerful ethics-based infrastructure.
Google engineers have trained a machine-learning algorithm to write picture captions using the same techniques it developed for language translation.