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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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.
Coal could be a source of cheap, nontoxic fluorescent nanoparticles useful for biomedicine.
New inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology.
Kateeva says its new manufacturing equipment can produce affordable displays based on organic light-emitting diodes.
A material that selectively blocks heat and light could finally make it practical to add smart windows to buildings.
The history of electric cars is long and full of false starts. But it looks as if the latest wave won’t be turned back.
There appears to be more than enough room to bury our emissions, but large-scale carbon capture remains untested.
The 2013 Global Innovation Index looks very similar to last year’s, but its ranking of the most efficient innovators features several new names.