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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending May 30, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Bladeless Wind Turbines May Offer More Form Than Function
    Startup Vortex Bladeless makes a turbine that looks intriguing, but it may not solve wind power’s challenges.
  2. Fixing China’s Coal Problem
    China has rapidly cleaned up its coal plants. Now comes the hard part.
  3. Food Technology for All
    We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative.
  4. Robots Start to Grasp Food Processing
    Advances in robotics make it possible to automate tasks such as processing poultry and vegetables.
  5. Mobile Call Quality Gets a Long-Overdue Upgrade
    Wireless companies and a few ambitious startups are racing to make your cell-phone calls better.
  6. An Algorithm That Can Help Robots Walk Off Injuries
    Robots can now keep moving after an injury without human intervention.
  7. Is This the First Computational Imagination?
    The ability to read a description of a scene and then picture it has always been uniquely human. Not anymore.
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