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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 19, 2016)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
March 18, 2016
  1. Fun (and Some Nausea) with the First Games for the Oculus Rift Headset
    The first games for Oculus Rift are pretty sweet, though some can cause motion sickness.
  2. An AI with 30 Years’ Worth of Knowledge Finally Goes to Work
    An effort to encode the world’s knowledge in a huge database has sometimes seemed impractical, but those behind the technology say it is finally ready.
  3. T-Cell Pioneer Carl June Acknowledges Key Ingredient Wasn’t His
    Are cancer cures being held back by competition among scientists?
  4. Health-Tracking Startup Fails to Deliver on Its Ambitions
    Quanttus spent several years trying to track blood pressure at the wrist, but doing so appears to be even more difficult than the company thought.
  5. Out-of-Work Chinese Government Hackers May Be Behind Sophisticated Ransomware Attacks
    The downside of Obama’s effort to rein in Chinese industrial espionage could be advanced ransomware attacks on U.S. companies.
  6. The Feds Are Wrong to Warn of “Warrant-Proof” Phones
    Throughout history, communications have mainly been ephemeral. We need to be sure we can preserve that freedom.
  7. Musclebound “Bio-bots” Move Around in Response to Light
    Researchers say the tissue-wrapped structures can be building blocks for complex biological machines.
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