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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending January 17, 2014)

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

  • January 16, 2014

China Cloning on an “Industrial Scale
The BBC reports from China’s genome institute, the BGI. Together, the video and text give us a look at its pig cloning factory, where some 500 pigs are cloned each year to study human diseases and to try to improve yields on farms.
Susan Young, biomedicine editor

The End of Equal Internet Access?
This podcast features a smart debate on the impact of this week’s appeals court ruling on net neutrality.
Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
I love snorkeling and scuba diving so this would be fantastic!
—Rob Finley, west coast sales director

See the Inner Anatomy of Barbie, Mario, and Mickey Mouse—Bones, Guts, and All
This artist renders the anatomies of popular character dolls and figures.
—J. Juniper Friedman, editorial assistant

NSA Can Hack You Even If You Aren’t Connected to the Internet
Cutting the wire certainly does not cut it anymore.
—Colby Wheeler, manager of information technology

The Case for an Antibiotics Tax
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog has a nice analysis of the argument, advanced by two economists in a recent article in a prominent medical journal, that we should tax antibiotics to deter the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Mike Orcutt, research editor

Is This Thing On?
A hearty exegesis of this question: why does audio never go viral?
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Inside the Angsty, Affirming World of Whisper
A nice piece exploring the attraction of the latest mobile social-networking phenomenon.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

The Artist of the Unbreakable Code
A fascinating story about Elgar’s enduring cryptographic codes.
—Will Knight

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