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MIT Technology Review Announces 10 Breakthrough Technologies

Annual list highlights the most important technology milestones.

Cambridge, MA – February 18, 2015: Today, MIT Technology Review publishes its annual 10 Breakthrough Technologies list ( The list identifies the milestones from the past year that solve difficult problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. These are the breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.

Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief and Publisher, states, “Each year, our editors search the globe to compile this important list. From new blood tests for cancer being developed in Hong Kong to a desalination program providing 20% of Israel’s water, the 10 Breakthrough Technologies represent the advancements we feel have the greatest potential to impact our lives for years to come.”

The stories behind the 2015 list are live on and are featured in the March/April magazine, which hits newsstands March 3.

Magic Leap
A device that can make virtual objects appear in real life.

Materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light.

Car-to-Car Communication
Cars that can talk to each other to avoid crashes.

Project Loon
A reliable and cost-effective way to beam Internet service from the sky to places lacking it.

Liquid Biopsy
A blood test to catch cancer early.

Megascale Desalination
Technology demonstrating that seawater can cost-effectively provide a substantial portion of a nation’s water supply.

Apple Pay
A service that makes it practical to use your smartphone as a wallet in everyday situations.

Brain Organoids
Three-dimensional clusters of living neurons that can be grown in a lab from human stem cells.

Supercharged Photosynthesis
Engineering rice plants to extract energy from sunlight far more efficiently than they do now.

Internet of DNA
Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate.

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