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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending April 16, 2016)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
April 15, 2016
  1. Desk-Size Turbine Could Power a Town
    GE sees its new turbine as a strong rival to batteries for storing power from the grid.
  2. The Extinction Invention
    A genetic technology that can kill off mosquito species could eradicate malaria. But is it too risky to ever use?
  3. Sean Parker’s $250 Million Bet on Hacking the Immune System to Beat Cancer
    A Facebook billionaire makes a major investment in immunotherapy.
  4. An Impressive Walking Google Robot Tries to Vacuum the Stairs
    An odd-looking bipedal bot, created by a Japanese subsidiary of Alphabet, can climb stairs and carry heavy objects around a home.
  5. Watching SunEdison’s Collapse, Solar Industry Resets
    SunEdison’s collapse and mounting losses elsewhere are causing solar developers to change course.
  6. How Computers Can Tell What They’re Looking At
    Images from inside an artificial neural network help explain why a technique called deep learning is enabling software to see.
  7. Video Shows Paralyzed Man Move Hand with Brain Implant
    Researchers used a brain-computer interface to give a man control over his paralyzed hand.
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