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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending May 17, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. A Smart Watch Controlled by Twists, Tilts, and Clicks
    A movable smart-watch screen makes it easier to read a map or play a game.
  2. 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
    Technology news is full of incremental developments. These are the breakthroughs that matter.
  3. Intergalactic Entrepreneurs Prepare for Blast-Off
    A unique gathering of 13 companies showcases a coming year of launches.
  4. Alibaba’s Big Rivals May Have a Mobile Edge
    Other big Chinese e-commerce companies, including JD.com, merge social networking, payments, and mobile.
  5. Nerve-Stimulating Implant Could Lower Blood Pressure
    Academics and pharmaceutical companies alike are looking to electrical implants as an alternative to drugs for treating disease.
  6. FDA Approval for Robotic Arm Controlled by Muscle Activity
    An electromechanical limb developed by Segway maker DEKA now needs a manufacturer to mass-produce it.
  7. The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (And How to Tell If You’re One Of Them)
    Nobody has figured out how to spot the most influential spreaders of information in a real-world network. Now that looks set to change with important implications, not least for the superspreaders themselves.
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