The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.
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I’m MIT Technology Review’s research editor. I spend my days taking things extremely seriously and attempting with all my nerdy might to piece together bigger pictures from the bits and shreds of truth I manage to filter from the information barrage. I’m particularly obsessed with the energy-related challenges facing humanity and the future of the Internet.
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“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.
Judged by one (admittedly imperfect) metric, Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition wasn’t as outrageous as it might appear.
Though still volatile, Bitcoin is surging in value and being spent more freely; it’s also inspired a legion of competitors.
Microparticles that block the body’s immune response to damaged tissue could help prevent further harm.
The ability to print retinal cells could lead to new therapies for retinal disorders such as macular degeneration.
Sunglasses made with nanoscale optical technology hint at a near future of inconspicuous head-mounted displays.
A novel vaccine design could lead to new weapons against often deadly bacterial infections.
Coal could be a source of cheap, nontoxic fluorescent nanoparticles useful for biomedicine.
Twitter’s footprint is growing fast, although English speakers in the U.S. remain the largest demographic. The trick now is to turn its global presence into advertising dollars.