- With This Genetic Engineering Technology, There’s No Turning Back
Designers of a “selfish” gene able to spread among mosquitoes say it could wipe out malaria, but the scientific community is at odds over whether or not we should do it.
- Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data
Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful.
- At a Time of Plenty, Some Technologies Are Shut Out
New funding methods claim to democratize investment in innovation, but important technologies still struggle.
- “Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
- This Gadget Can Tell What’s Wrong with Your Air Conditioner by Listening to It
Augury’s gadget and iPhone app pay attention to ultrasonic sounds and vibrations to figure out what’s wrong with air conditioners and other big machines.
- Recommended Robot and AI Reads This Week
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.
- 6 Ways Law Enforcement Can Track Terrorists in an Encrypted World
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data. <
The 50-year-old problem that eludes theoretical computer science
A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems—or keep them forever out of reach.
The moon didn’t die as early as we thought
Samples from China’s lunar lander could change everything we know about the moon’s volcanic record.
Forget dating apps: Here’s how the net’s newest matchmakers help you find love
Fed up with apps, people looking for romance are finding inspiration on Twitter, TikTok—and even email newsletters.
Inside the machine that saved Moore’s Law
The Dutch firm ASML spent $9 billion and 17 years developing a way to keep making denser computer chips.
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