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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 13, 2014)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. A Feminist Critique of Silicon Valley
    Shanley Kane challenges the assumptions and practices of the tech industry.
  2. HP Will Release a “Revolutionary” New Operating System in 2015
    Hewlett-Packard’s ambitious plan to reinvent computing will begin with the release of a prototype operating system next year.
  3. “Nanobuds” Could Turn Almost Any Surface into a Touch Sensor
    Stretchy, conductive films made of novel nanobuds could bring touch sensors to more surfaces.
  4. Communication App Works Without a Cellular Network
    An app called MeshMe lets you communicate without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, providing enough other users are close by.
  5. Artificial Skin That Senses, and Stretches, Like the Real Thing
    South Korean and U.S. researchers have developed a stretchable material that senses touch, pressure, and moisture, and could be used to give artificial limbs feeling.
  6. A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases
    The first commercial power plant to use carbon capture and sequestration shows the potential of a crucial technology.
  7. How to Measure Planck’s Constant Using Lego
    If you’re searching for the perfect present for the physicist who has everything, how about a Lego kit for measuring one of the universe’s fundamental constants?
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