The most recent test of the U.S. missile defense system is receiving criticism from technical observers for its simplicity and secrecy.
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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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Creative toll strategies might make more of an impact on traffic congestion than new technologies, says a transportation researcher.
A simple new design for combustion chambers used in power plants could slash the amount of pollutants and the costs to consumers.
GE's new water-sheding coating could lead to self-washing cars.
GE says its new machine could make the hydrogen economy affordable, by slashing the cost of water-splitting technology.
A startup's software warns of spyware and spam.
RFID tags could greatly increase port security by tracking international cargo -- but no one wants to pay for them.
With GE’s new plastic, self-washing buildings, cheap diagnostic chips, and free-flowing honey jars are possible.
The modest federal increases for basic research are cheering those worried about the United States' innovation capacity.
The Mohegan Sun casino goes "all in" on a sensor-riddled blackjack table.