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A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

  • November 15, 2013

This Robot Is Changing How We Cure Diseases
Robot lab technicians at the NIH run millions of tests every week to help scientists study diseases and potential treatments. Watch the big yellow arm at work in this WSJ video.
Susan Young, biomedicine editor

Climate by Numbers
The story behind the Climate Corporation, which is using big data to help farmers deal with climate change.
Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy

Plastic Guns Made with 3-D Printers Pose New Security Concerns
I’m very much looking forward to the day I can print my own pepperoni and mushroom pizza, but  other possible uses for 3-D printing present cause for worry. This interesting story from All Tech Considered on NPR talks about potential public safety concerns around this new technology.
—David W.M. Sweeney, marketing communications manager

Steve Jobs on Android Founder Andy Rubin: “Big, Arrogant …”
Some interesting back story on the genesis of Android, soon to be world’s most used operating system.
Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business

Illumina Names Francis deSouza as President
DNA sequencing company Illumina hires Symantec exec.
—Antonio Regalado

Keeping New Media New: Conserving High-Tech Art
How the preservation, documentation, and sale of art is keeping up with our technological world.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant

Do We Live in the Matrix?
“If learning the truth means accepting that you may never know for sure what’s real—including yourself—would you want to know?” It’s a fun exercise to let the mind run in meta mode.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Data Shows News Stories Can Get Shared Just as Often as Lighter Fare
An illuminating Nieman Lab analysis of a recent NPR study on the social reach of so-called serious versus fun news stories.
—Kyanna Sutton

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