Connected appliances such as TVs can provide hackers a way into your house.
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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.
The Supreme Court’s decision was tailored narrowly, but it may provide openings for lawyers to argue that other forms of mass Internet streaming violate copyright.
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.