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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 27, 2013)

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

  • December 27, 2013
  1. Google’s Robot Recruits Dominate DARPA’s Rescue Challenge
    Two companies acquired by Google demonstrate remarkable feats of agility and dexterity (albeit slowly) at a competition held in Florida.
  2. Kalashnikov’s Legacy
    A 2005 story in MIT Technology Review explained the ubiquity of the AK-47.
  3. 2013: The Year in Internet Stories
    Fitness bands, watches, smoke detectors: what will be put online next?
  4. 2013: The Best Biomedicine Stories of the Year
    A push for new brain-mapping technology and a ban on some gene patents showcase ongoing advances in biomedical technology.
  5. Q&A with James Kuffner, Google Robotics Researcher
    At a military contest in Miami, a Google scientist discusses the future of robotics.
  6. Novel Circuit Shrinks Laptop Chargers, Could Improve Appliance Efficiency
    A new kind of power adapter is barely bigger than a plug.
  7. 2013: The Year in Communications
    Along with NSA spying revelations, 2013 brought faster wireless technologies, global connectivity expansion, and new communications business models.
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