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

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

  • May 15, 2014

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt: Defending the Drama
Great take on why we should worry about uncertainty in climate models.
Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy

Schooled
What happened after Mark Zuckerberg gave Newark schools $100 million?
Brian Bergstein, deputy editor

New York Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture
An interesting look behind the scenes at the New York Times, which like many outlets has had its struggles adapting to the fast-changing digital journalism landscape.
Mike Orcutt, research editor

Russia Is Kicking NASA Out of the International Space Station in 2020
Vox explains how a strained geopolitical relationship is spilling over into space.
—Mike Orcutt

The Wizard of Minecraft
A nice profile of Magnus Persson, the slightly eccentric creator of Minecraft.
Will Knight, news & analysis editor

Yes, Your Internet Is Getting Slower
And, according to Slate, that’s just how your ISP likes it.
—Will Knight

U.S. Mines Personal Health Data to Find the Vulnerable in Emergencies
The New York Times reports on an experiment by New Orleans’ city government to use electronic health records to identify people who will need special care, such as extra oxygen tanks or back-up batteries for medical equipment, during an emergency. Some worry the program breaches patient privacy.
Susan Young Rojahn, biomedicine editor

Object of Interest: The Twice-Forbidden Fruit
What kind of doctor will this apple keep away?
—J. Juniper Friedman

Immediacy vs. Importance: The Tension Underlying How the NYTimes.com Homepage Gets Made
An excerpt from Nikki Usher’s new book, Making News at The New York Times, “documents how some of digital news’ most important real estate gets allocated.”
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Poetic Nanotech Poster Eats Air Pollution
Clean lines for clean air in England. 
—Colby Wheeler, manager of information technology

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