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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending January 10, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. From a Pile of Dirt, Researchers Discover New Antibiotic
    A new microfluidic device lets scientists identify a powerful drug from nature.
  2. Jaguar Demos a Car That Keeps an Eye on Its Driver
    A company called Seeing Machines wants to use cameras and software to make sure you’re focused on driving.
  3. CES 2015: Unleash the Drones!
    Prepare for takeoff. Unmanned aircraft are a rapidly growing category in consumer electronics.
  4. CES 2015: Wearables Everywhere
    At the annual gadget show, wearable-device makers are moving beyond activity-tracking wristbands.
  5. Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers
    Niche applications will help advanced power-grid-battery technology.
  6. CES 2015: Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with “Deep Learning”
    A commercial device uses powerful image and information processing to let cars interpret 360° camera views.
  7. CES 2015: The Internet of Just About Everything
    At CES, where Internet-connected devices abound, Samsung says all its products will be connected by 2020.
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