The ability to manipulate atoms with photons in an integrated circuit should allow physicists to explore entirely new ways in which matter and light interact.
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
Facebook has held up data efficiency as a boon to the world's unconnected, but video ad technology could gobble some of the gains.
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of web-based courses but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.
The wires that ferry electronic data across microchips are too power hungry for future microchips. But photons can now do the job instead thanks to a new generation of ultralow power optical interconnects.
Investments in energy start-ups can count as charitable grants. Could this funding approach help get new technologies to market?
Nobody has ever accurately measured the number of smartphones infected with malware. Until now.
Revelations about NSA surveillance have prompted Yahoo, Microsoft, and other companies to deploy long-overdue security improvements.
Aereo's loose-cannon competitor says a judge who ruled against him "cannot possibly know what she is talking about."