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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending September 27, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Startup Shows Off Its Cheaper Grid Battery
    Sun Catalytix is making a new type of flow battery that could store hours’ worth of energy on the grid.
  2. Bruce Schneier: NSA Spying Is Making Us Less Safe
    The security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.
  3. How Google Converted Language Translation Into a Problem of Vector Space Mathematics
    To translate one language into another, find the linear transformation that maps one to the other. Simple, say a team of Google engineers.
  4. World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Delivers Power for the First Time
    The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power plant can now generate electricity. But was it worth the money?
  5. The First Carbon Nanotube Computer
    A carbon nanotube computer processor is comparable to a chip from the early 1970s and may be the first step beyond silicon electronics.
  6. Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort to Find Meaning in Your Posts
    A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better.
  7. In Search of the Next Boom, Developers Cram Their Apps into Smart Watches
    Clever apps might persuade people that they need a wrist-worn computer.
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