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Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending August 22, 2015)

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

Aug 20, 2015

Corn Wars
The ability to develop and then maintain ownership of crop technologies is a strategic advantage for companies—and countries.
Brian Bergstein, executive editor

Science Isn’t Broken
Try your hand at P-hacking – a trick whereby scientists accidentally or intentionally manipulate their data to get a particular result.
Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bustling Workplace
A New York Times investigation sheds some light on Amazon’s tough workplace culture.
Will Knight, senior editor, AI

The Weight of the World
A profile of the woman charged with persuading countries to do something about climate change.
—Will Knight

Social Networks Aren’t Drawing U.S. Adults Like They Used To
The findings of a Pew study shed light on why Facebook and others are pushing so hard overseas.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports

The FBI Has Clinton’s E-mail Server. Now What?
Wired has produced the perfect story for a week of embarrassing revelations.
—Nanette Byrnes

Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web
Farhad Manjoo explains why ad blockers may be the best thing to ever happen to online advertising.
—Timothy Maher, managing editor

If You Spill Water on This Book, That’s a Good Thing
The pages of this book remove disease-causing bacteria from undrinkable water.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

Meet a Completely Colorblind Man Who Uses Special Tech to “Hear” Colors
A wonderful short film about one man’s achromatopsia, his technology-enabled synesthesia, and embracing “the singularity.”
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

Here’s What the Next 38 Emoji Might Look Like—Including Bacon, a Clown, and the Selfie
Clinking champagne glasses and an avocado are my faves. The pregnant woman emoticon is a good addition, but I was disappointed that there are still no emojis depicting females in athletic activities.
—Kyanna Sutton