A new fuel rod design will be tested in a full-size reactor, but some worry it could bring fresh safety problems.
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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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IBM executive says Watson could find success with commercial apps in wealth management, call centers, and medicine.
A new study says the population could hit 12 billion by 2100, though it doesn’t take into account the effects of climate change, food shortages, disease, or conflict.
A FutureGen project in Illinois aimed at capturing carbon dioxide from a rebuilt coal power plant is threatened by a lawsuit and a deadline.
Record levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reflect a healthier economy, cheap fossil fuels, and the absence of effective carbon-reducing policies.
The latest in autonomous farming is a robot that weaves between corn stalks, applying fertilizer as it goes.
Connected appliances such as TVs can provide hackers a way into your house.
Time Warner Cable’s 11.4-million-customer broadband blackout was one of the largest to affect U.S. customers.
The latest way to snoop on a computer is by measuring subtle changes in electrical potential as data is decrypted.
PARC’s technique of mincing chips into printer ink could revolutionize the way electronics are made.