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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 19, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
July 19, 2013
  1. Edit Wars Reveal The 10 Most Controversial Topics on Wikipedia
    An analysis of the most highly contested articles on Wikipedia reveals the controversies that appear invariant across languages and cultures.
  2. Forget Battery Swapping: Tesla Aims to Charge Electric Cars in Five Minutes
    Tesla Motors is pushing the limits of charging technology to make electric vehicles as practical as gas-powered cars.
  3. It’s Up to You, Entrepreneurs
    Startup scenes are popping up in cities all over the world. Brad Feld is part of the reason.
  4. Bill Gates: Software Assistants Could Help Solve Global Problems
    The founder of Microsoft says we have reached a “golden age” of computer science enabling more powerful assistant software.
  5. Finding Cancer Cells in the Blood
    Technologies that can pull tumor cells from patients’ blood are giving researchers an unprecedented look at cancer.
  6. A Manufacturing Tool Builds 3-D Heart Tissue
    A layer-by-layer fabrication tool lets researchers quickly form complicated biological tissue in three-dimensional space.
  7. Microsoft Has an Operating System for Your House
    Microsoft aims to simplify home automation with software that connects different Internet-enabled devices.
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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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