A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced with useful data collection or micro-tasks.
Engineers have built a powerful microscopic engine that relies on the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen. One problem: nobody knows how it works.
A startup says it has a more efficient process to use carbon dioxide for making valuable chemical feedstocks.
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.
A low-cost microscope made from folded paper and a cheap lens could revolutionize education and health care in the developing world.
Craig Venter’s new company wants to improve human longevity by creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive database of genetic and physiological information.
Edward Snowden appeared via secure video to motivate developers at SXSW.
WebTV’s creator thinks his forthcoming wireless technology will give us faster, better mobile Internet access.
“Transparency reports” reveal insights about the requests made in the name of national security—including information that was previously kept secret.