A prototype device shows that measuring electrical resistance of tissues within the wrist could reliably identify someone.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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A new wearable sensor listens for sounds that betray your activity and mood.
Gabriel Kreiman’s single-neuron measurements of unconscious decision-making may not topple Descartes, but they could someday point to ways we can learn to control ourselves.
Software meant to help people interpret emotions will soon be available in several apps.
More e-mail providers are using encryption, meaning messages can’t be intercepted and read by the NSA or hackers.
A technique for using MRI to detect molecules released during brain injury could lead to quicker emergency diagnoses.
Reported plans to launch 180 satellites could provide significant competition in the developing world and rural areas.
Electric lights are 135 years old. The Internet is 45. They’re finally getting connected.
Other big Chinese e-commerce companies, including JD.com, merge social networking, payments, and mobile.
A new haptic sculpting tool heralds a coming boom in 3-D modeling and manipulation.