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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending November 21, 2015)

Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. How Robots Can Quickly Teach Each Other to Grasp New Objects
    It may take hours for a robot to figure out how to grasp a new object. But hundreds of robots could accelerate the process by sharing knowledge.
  2. The Quest to Make Your Shoe a Power Source
    Startup Pavegen has already installed floor tiles to harness the power of footsteps; now it wants to put that technology inside your shoes.
  3. Don’t Blame Encryption for ISIS Attacks
    Suggestions that the attacks in Paris last Friday were helped by easy access to encryption technology are not based in evidence.
  4. Tech Companies Are Not Trusted with Health Data
    A survey finds that consumers are not eager to give health information to Google, Apple, or Microsoft, but Facebook fared worst of all.
  5. Why Climate Models Aren’t Better
    Even as computer models grow more powerful and more precise, they remain uncertain as to regional effects.
  6. This Glowing Rock Wants to Monitor Your Internet of Things
    Can a special security system keep hackers from messing with your connected baby monitor and door lock?
  7. A Robotic Tabletop Makes Simple Structures All by Itself
    A surface that manipulates objects using mechanically controlled pins can put simple structures together.
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