- On the Future of iOS and Android
An amazing piece that examines the stratification happening within these popular mobile operating systems—especially when put into the perspective of embedded and nonmobile platforms.
—Brent Turner, chief digital officer
- A Nearly Perfect Book
A good read on the art of letterpress technology.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant
- Mitchell Kapor Seeks to Meld Business, Social Good
Software pioneer and Electronic Frontier Foundation cofounder Mitch Kapor was one of Silicon Valley’s first celebrities. Now he’s trying to make the world a better place by funding tech startups with a social mission.
- The Truth about Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography
This profile of Yahoo boss and longtime Googler Marissa Mayer is over-long but packed with fascinating detail.
—Two above submitted by Tom Simonite, senior IT editor
- The One Building That Explains How Detroit Could Come Back
An interesting piece that discusses Detroit’s chances of building a successful “innovation district.”
—Will Knight, online editor
- Exotic Optics: Metamaterial World
Interesting, well-reported feature from Nature looking at efforts to commercialize technologies based on metamaterials.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
- Edinburgh’s Crowdsourced Symphony Made with MIT Apps
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will premiere a 12-minute symphony using crowdsourced sounds—a creation of MIT professor Tod Machover.
—David W.M. Sweeney, marketing communications manager
- Watch a Jaw-Dropping Visualization of Every Protest Since 1979
A poignant time-lapse visualization of international protest over the last three decades.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
- Hungry? Print a Pizza
3-D printing pizza in space for hungry astronauts.
- George Church: De-Extinction Is a Good Idea
Harvard geneticist George Church argues that reviving mammoths and other extinct creatures could mitigate the effects of climate change.
—Two above submitted by Susan Young, biomedicine editor <
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