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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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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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Battery swapping is fast, but the economics are still uncertain. For a dose of how Elon Musk is selling the vision of electric vehicles, check out this video of the…

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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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MakerBot founder Bre Pettis, the poster child for mainstream 3-D printing, merges his company with an industrial printing giant. The Brooklyn-based 3-D printer startup MakerBot Industries just got a…

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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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Tesla is set to announce a way to make recharging its electric vehicles faster than filling up a gas tank. Tomorrow Tesla Motors will announce a way to charge its…

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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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LIDAR technology continues to reveal archeological evidence of urbanization Airborne laser scanning has revealed the remnants of a vast urban structure in the vicinity of Angkor Wat , a famous temple…

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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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Research into wild animal locomotion could inform the design of future robots. Biologically inspired robots could prove useful for all sorts of tasks (see “ Just What Soldiers Need: A…

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Inside the evolution movement that wants machines to replace people. The day before travelling to New York City to attend Global Future 2045 , a gathering last weekend of so-called transhumanists…

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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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Beyond the drilling rigs, the fossil-fuel industry spreads far and wide across the land.

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Greener Plastics

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Plastics have become synonymous with waste, but they can be made ­sustainably. There can be little doubt that plastic materials have dramatically improved everything from clothing to travel to communications…

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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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Techniques that can soften or erase memories raise many ethical ­questions. It should go without saying that the ability to selectively erase memories would be a very useful one to…

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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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A 1938 article anticipated the opportunities—and challenges—of harnessing the sun’s energy. Excerpted from “Converting Sunlight into Power,” from the   June 1938 issue of Technology Review .

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The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server Whirling Skirts And Rotating Cones

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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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Eschewing grit and realism for creativity and simplicity, Minecraft has heralded a new era in which bedroom programmers can bypass publishers and still see their creations become global hits. All…

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Researchers are designing a “dialysis-like” machine that could identify and remove pathogens responsible for an often lethal blood infection. Taking advantage of recent advances in nanotechnology and microfluidics, researchers…

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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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Factual, a company that provides location data on places, thinks more apps could make use of its information. Many smartphone apps have terms and conditions that allow them to collect…

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

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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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Big, cheap invisibility cloaks are suddenly beginning to emerge thanks to some simple optical short cuts that physicists have discovered

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