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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 21, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Neuroscience’s New Toolbox
    With the invention of optogenetics and other technologies, researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time.
  2. Cracking the Brain’s Codes
    How does the brain speak to itself?
  3. Rise of Powerful Mining Pools Forces Rethink of Bitcoin Design
    Bitcoin may need to be redesigned to fix a flaw that gave one company a chance to manipulate the cryptocurrency.
  4. For One Baby, Life Begins with Genome Revealed
    How a California father made an end run around medicine to decode his son’s DNA.
  5. Shining Light on Madness
    Drugs for psychiatric illnesses aren’t very effective. But new research is offering renewed hope for better medicines.
  6. Record-Breaking Solar Cell Points the Way to Cheaper Power
    Panasonic reveals a design that surpasses a 20-year-old mark for solar cell efficiency.
  7. A Search Engine for the Era of Apps
    A new kind of search engine will make it possible to search inside the apps on your phone.
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