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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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Mobility data from an African mobile-phone carrier could help researchers recommend where to focus health-care efforts.
The fact that China hasn’t approved any commercial GMO planting since 2009 reflects public fears.
Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods.
Software could prevent sensitive medical data from being inadvertently shared as health records get passed around.
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.
A technique for using MRI to detect molecules released during brain injury could lead to quicker emergency diagnoses.
A flexible electronic skin patch has strain gauges to measure tremors, and heating elements to release drugs held inside nanoparticles.
A new nerve interface gives a sense of touch to a prosthetic limb.
A man with a robotic hand can now feel varying degrees of pressure thanks to an implant that connects with the nerves in his arm.