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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending November 29, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

  • November 29, 2013
  1. Printing Batteries
    New inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology.
  2. Software Mines Science Papers to Make New Discoveries
    Software digests thousands of research papers to accurately identify proteins that could be productive targets for new cancer drugs.
  3. Are Electric Vehicles a Fire Hazard?
    Lithium-ion batteries have risks, but they can be managed to prevent fires in EVs.
  4. Fitness Trackers Still Need to Work Out Kinks
    The latest fitness-tracking wristbands need to get in better shape before they’ll earn a spot on my wrist.
  5. Quantum Light Harvesting Hints at Entirely New Form of Computing
    Light harvesting in plants and bacteria cannot be properly explained by classical processes or by quantum ones. Now complexity theorists say the answer is a delicate interplay of both, an idea that could transform computation.
  6. Online Anonymity in a Box, for $49
    A cheap device called the Safeplug makes it easy to use the Tor anonymity network at home.
  7. The Internet of Things, Unplugged and Untethered
    A startup called Iotera wants to let you track your pets, your kids, or your belongings without relying on commercial wireless networks.

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