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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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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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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

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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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A neuroscientist who has anguished over the terrors in her family’s history explores how people might erase the trauma from memories. It was a Saturday night at the New York…

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A novel software tool could make it far easier to bring new energy storage technologies to market. If we’re ever going to run the world on intermittent renewable energy, we’re…

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A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review . The Secret War This account of General Keith Alexander’s cyberwar efforts paints…

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The decision should reduce uncertainty in the field of molecular diagnostics. The U.S. Supreme Court gave a mixed ruling on the issue of human gene patents on Thursday, deciding…

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The social network between characters in Homer’s Odyssey is remarkably similar to real social networks today. That suggests the story is based, at least in part, on real events, say…

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MIT Technology Review’s first mobile-focused conference featured some big names and big news. Last night we wrapped up our first Mobile Summit , a two-day event dedicated to an…

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Techniques developed at MIT and Pacific Northwest National Lab could make it more affordable to burn fossil fuels without releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Capturing carbon dioxide from smokestacks…

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Physicists have worked out how to cloak a region of space from the quantum world, thereby shielding it from reality itself

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Automation and advanced digital technologies are eliminating the need for people in a growing number of jobs. We’ve survived severe technological changes before, but this time it might be different…

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Early investors in Bitcoin got rich. Now they are the cryptocurrency’s most powerful gatekeepers. Every time you spend bitcoins to buy a drink at Evr , a swanky bar in midtown…

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The U.S. government should allow disclosure of how often NSA taps into user data, argue Facebook, Microsoft and Google Facebook, Google and Microsoft today made public calls on the…

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Pebble, the smart watch upstart, is charging ahead while computing giants mull their product plans. In April 2012, Eric Migicovsky launched a Kickstarter campaign for Pebble , the smart watch that went…

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The strong glass that is used in 1.5 billion consumer electronic devices worldwide could soon help make more fuel-efficient, quieter cars. Corning’s durable Gorilla Glass is used in the displays…

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By purchasing crowd-powered navigation app Waze, Google keeps it out of Apple’s clutches  

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Why Google fears the totalitarian connotations of the buzzword big data. Spies with the U.S. National Security Agency are hoovering up huge amounts of digital data on Americans, including…

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With its new mobile OS, Apple looks to longtime design head Jonathan Ive, and takes a few cues from competitors. For Apple, there’s a lot riding on iOS 7, the newest…

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The strong glass that is used in 1.5 billion consumer electronic devices worldwide could soon help make more fuel-efficient, quieter cars. Corning’s durable Gorilla Glass is used in the displays…

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Another take on the biggest innovations to pay attention to. Putting together this publication’s annual 10 Breakthrough Technologies list , which comes out each spring, is a long and involved process. So…

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Medical centers are testing new, friendly ways to reduce the need for office visits by extending their reach into patients’ homes. Most patients who enter the gym of the San…

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