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A View from MIT TR Editors

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

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

  • July 23, 2015

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It
Hackers remotely kill the gas on a Jeep speeding down a Missouri highway to make an alarming point about the security of cars, which have long been computerized but are now often connected to the Internet.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips
My favorite interactive map graphic of the summer.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers
The new and alarming James Hansen-led study of sea level rise that has sparked much comment and argument this week is “provocative and intriguing but rife with speculation and ‘what if’ scenarios,” says a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research—and it’s unlikely to influence policy.
—Richard Martin, senior editor, energy

A ‘Third Way’ to Fight Climate Change
Paleontologist Tim Flannery suggests we think more closely about ways to suck carbon dioxide out of the air.
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

A Trip Inside MakerBot’s New 3-D-Printing Factory
MakerBot just opened a factory, double the size of any of their other warehouses, in Brooklyn, New York.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

How an Unlikely Hollywood Juggernaut Came to Rule Netflix
A profile of the ubiquitous Duplass brothers.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor

Meet a Man Who Has Had an Invisible Girlfriend for the Last Three Months
This story is an interesting look at the promise/perils of a service that uses a rotating cast of people to simulate the experience of communicating with a boyfriend/girlfriend.
—Rachel Metz, senior editor, mobile

Scientists Are Hoarding Data and it’s Ruining Medical Research
Evidence-based medicine suffers when half of all clinical trial data isn’t publicly available.
—Anna Nowogrodzki, intern

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