Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending October 11, 2014)
The Secret of These New Veggie Burgers: Plant Blood
(Note: this story is paywalled)
A clever approach to fake meat.
—Brian Bergstein, deputy editor
The Planning Machine
Evgeny Morozov sees a connection between today’s big data obsessions and a failed cybernetics project in Socialist Chile.
The Overlooked History of African Technology
MIT offers postmodernist critique of African hunting technology.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine
The NSA and Me
This piece by the legendary James Bamford, about the NSA’s threats to prosecute him in the 1980s, is incredible.
The Empire Reboots
Bill Gates is back to shaping Microsoft’s strategy thanks to his close relationship with the company’s new CEO, Satya Nadella.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Amazing Military Infographics
Paul Ford explores the mysterious and mesmeric world of easily Google-able military infographics.
—Will Knight, news and analysis editor
NASA Is Getting Serious About Space Hibernation
Who among us is ready for a big, fat 180-day nap?
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Ebola Outbreak Could Cost West African Economy $32.6bn, World Bank Warns
The threat of Ebola has jumped to a new level with the risk of further economic depression in West Africa.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
Why Some Drone Makers Hate the Word ‘Drone’ and Want to Change It
Makers of those flying robots we’ve been hearing so much about have had enough of that word.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
The inside story of how ChatGPT was built from the people who made it
Exclusive conversations that take us behind the scenes of a cultural phenomenon.
How Rust went from a side project to the world’s most-loved programming language
For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.
Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?
An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.
Sam Altman invested $180 million into a company trying to delay death
Can anti-aging breakthroughs add 10 healthy years to the human life span? The CEO of OpenAI is paying to find out.
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