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Recommended from Around the Web (Week Ending April 25, 2015)

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

Apr 24, 2015

FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Over Decades
For three decades, an FBI forensic lab used flawed scientific analysis of hair samples to help prosecutors. Roughly 2,500 cases are now being reviewed.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
How the electric car company faced bankruptcy in 2013 and started negotiating a sale to Google.
—Tom Simonite

No Sweat
Seth Stevenson evaluates how likely four compact motorized vehicle-like thingamajigs are to kill you or make you look like a dork.
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

How One Man Crashed the Stock Market
Navinder Singh Sarao found a loophole that he used to manipulate the market for years.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die
We don’t know who we are killing with drones.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, biomedicine

Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos
In a world first, Chinese modify human embryos with gene editing.
—Antonio Regalado

What’s That On Beyoncé’s Wrist? Let Me Guess … an Apple Watch
What Apple’s marketing strategy says about its latest gadget.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

Why the Flash Crash Really Matters
An interesting piece suggesting that the emergent nature of financial market phenomena may make catastrophic crashes hard to foresee.
Will Knight

Bitcoin’s Problem with Women
Mother Jones takes on the “crypto-patriarchy” of the great Bitcoin experiment and why homogeneity will be its downfall.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters Reveal a 3D View of the Human Brain
This is your brain… on coasters.
—Kyanna Sutton