With Congress focused on bridge inspections, it might ask why the best inspection tools aren't deployed.
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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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Speech-recognition software from Vlingo could make the mobile Web easier to use.
Cartridge works in standard printers.
A cell phone service guides users to nearby bargains--sometimes.
For the public and journalists, a data-visualization website tells a vivid bridge story.
Continuous GPS stations in Greenland could improve our understanding of melting ice sheets.
Researchers seek fine-scale impact maps for a nation endangered by climate change.
With much of its land already below sea level, the Netherlands is charting a course around the ominous trends of climate change.
New photovoltaics get better performance throughout the day.
New cell-phone software tries to connect shoppers with nearby products.