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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending July 4, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Rebooting the Automobile
    Automakers and tech companies are racing to bring safer and more useful smartphone-style interfaces to cars. Can any of them go further and reprogram vehicles completely?
  2. How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
    Advertisers are increasingly using technology that targets users across multiple devices, and it’s working.
  3. Should Babies Have Their Genomes Sequenced?
    The BabySeq project in Boston has begun collecting data to quantify the risks and benefits of DNA sequencing at birth.
  4. Could This Machine Push 3-D Printing into the Manufacturing Big Leagues?
    An emerging additive manufacturing technology could be fast and cheap enough to compete with conventional methods, but it faces materials-related challenges.
  5. How to Stop Virtual Reality from Making You Want to Puke
    Stanford researchers are building a light field stereoscope in hopes of making it easier to add realistic focus cues to virtual reality.
  6. At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward
    New microbes and new techniques show promise for advanced biofuels, but the industry is still years away from real progress.
  7. Coffee Shops and Home Routers Could Offer Nearby Phones a 4G Data Connection
    Mobile chip company Qualcomm wants homes and businesses to set up their own open 4G hotspots just as they do Wi-Fi networks today.
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