Skip to Content

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 14, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. The Numbers Behind Japan’s Renewed Embrace of Nuclear
    The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.
  2. A Cheaper Route to Making Chemicals from CO2
    A startup says it has a more efficient process to use carbon dioxide for making valuable chemical feedstocks.
  3. Microbes and Metabolites Fuel an Ambitious Aging Project
    Craig Venter’s new company wants to improve human longevity by creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of genetic and physiological information.
  4. From Leaker to Speaker
    Edward Snowden appeared via secure video to motivate developers at SXSW.
  5. Tech Companies Shine Some Light on National Security Requests
    “Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.
  6. Entrepreneur Hopes to Use Interference to Improve the Mobile Internet
    WebTV’s creator thinks his forthcoming wireless technology will give us faster, better mobile Internet access.
  7. The $1 Origami Microscope
    A low-cost microscope made from folded paper and a cheap lens could revolutionize education and health care in the developing world.
  8. <

Keep Reading

Most Popular

conceptual illustration showing various women&#039;s faces being scanned
conceptual illustration showing various women&#039;s faces being scanned

A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click

Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.

A view of clouds illuminated by sunlight
A view of clouds illuminated by sunlight

We can’t afford to stop solar geoengineering research

It is the wrong time to take this strategy for combating climate change off the table.

Death and Jeff Bezos
Death and Jeff Bezos

Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever

Funders of a deep-pocketed new "rejuvenation" startup are said to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.

new GPT3 is a good student
new GPT3 is a good student

The new version of GPT-3 is much better behaved (and should be less toxic)

OpenAI has trained its flagship language model to follow instructions, making it spit out less unwanted text—but there's still a way to go.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose WongIllustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.