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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending January 3, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. 2014 in Biomedicine: Rewriting DNA, Decoding the Brain, and a GMO Paradox
    From genetically modified foods to gene therapy, 2014 was a big year for rewriting biology.
  2. Could Passenger Planes Be Tracked More Closely?
    Several technologies allow aircraft to be tracked over the ocean via satellite, but most solutions are costly.
  3. New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers
    A new kind of computer memory could help make more capable computer chips that function more like biological brains, say IBM researchers.
  4. 2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
    The past year saw progress in developing hardware and software capable of human feats of intelligence.
  5. How Tesla Boosted Its Roadster’s Range by 50 Percent
    An upgrade to the Roadster extends its range and shows how far battery technology has come.
  6. The Top Technology Failures of 2014
    What do the latest technologies to flop, fizzle, and flame out tell us about innovation?
  7. Device Squeezes Cells to Get Drugs In
    A new way to get materials into cells might clear the way for powerful treatments for diseases like cancer and HIV.
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