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Genetic material could persist for as many as one million years, predict scientists. Small pieces of a horse’s foot bone that were frozen for approximately 700,000 years in the Yukon Territory…

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Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review .

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Accelerators are churning out too many startups, but it’s a good thing, Andreessen-Horowitz cofounder says. Startup accelerators like Y Combinator (see “ The Startup Whisperer ”) and 500 Startups are…

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The mobile computers killing the PC will themselves be replaced as computing becomes embedded into the world around us. The personal computer is dying. Its place in our lives as…

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Security company Lookout starts a campaign to “eradicate” the many apps that pester users with intrusive ads As mobile computers have become more common, criminals have begun to explore ways…

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A new class of imaging device from Bell Labs can take more than one view of a scene at the same time or use the same data to create a…

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A startup has developed software and smartphone tools for cataloguing the trees in forests. In a small office near Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across from Starbucks, is a…

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The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server An Overview of the Research on Texture Based Plant Leaf Classification

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In a race to stay relevant and keep up with newcomers, Instagram releases its own video feature. On Thursday, Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom announced an update that will allow users…

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Scientists have imaged the anatomy of an entire human brain at unprecedented resolution. A new resource will allow scientists to explore the anatomy of a single brain in three dimensions…

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Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review .

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Kenyan tech leaders say the high-flying Internet balloons may not be a realistic networking solution for their continent. Google’s latest pet project, called Loon , is meant to deliver the…

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Wireless carrier AT&T is rolling out free gadget-charging stations all over NYC.

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Google is demanding that a secret intelligence court allow it to share some details about surveillance requests for user data. Last week, negative press in the wake of recent leaks…

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Research shows how much the NSA could glean from call records, and why efforts to downplay the significance of such metadata are misleading. Of all the recent revelations about the…

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Coat a layer of graphene with chlorophyll and you get a remarkably sensitive light-activated switch, say physicists  

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Flying Robots

On June 18, 2013 By

Compact unmanned aerial vehicles will perform many valuable jobs if ­aviation regulations allow them to operate ­commercially. I don’t use the word “drone,” which originally referred to remotely piloted…

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From different angles, two of our feature stories explore the role of humans in an automated world. While we await Immanuel Kant’s perpetual peace , there will be wars; and if…

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In transforming the way cacao farmers supply manufacturers, a ?San Francisco startup is creating a superb product. You may have seen little squares of Tcho chocolate in their brightly colored…

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An environmentally-friendly way of making vanillin from the lignin in wood pulp could change the economics of this flavouring industry

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