Because China relies so heavily on coal for power, electric vehicles aren’t necessarily an improvement over gasoline-powered cars.
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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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Three years after the Fukushima disaster, some countries are pulling back from nuclear power while others grow capacity.
Tweets in Turkish are down but not out, even as Turkey's prime minister tries to block Twitter inside the country.
“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.
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.
A material that selectively blocks heat and light could finally make it practical to add smart windows to buildings.
The 2013 Global Innovation Index looks very similar to last year’s, but its ranking of the most efficient innovators features several new names.