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Silicon Valley’s 2017 Report Card

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 00:00
It’s been a bad year for America’s biggest tech hub—though not because of a lack of innovation.

New Genome Scores Predict Breast Cancer Odds for Any Woman

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 00:00
The diagnostics company Myriad Genetics introduces a DNA test that could reveal a woman’s risk even if she doesn’t have one of the gene variants now associated with the disease.

Robots Won’t Save the U.K. from a Brexit Labor Shortage

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:00
As many foreign workers are forced out of the country, don’t expect smart machines to clean your office or help out on the farm.

A Contraceptive Gel for Men Is About to Go on Trial

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 00:00
It’s expected to deliver hormones more effectively than injections or pills.

Sizing Up the North Korea Showdown

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
Are North Korea’s recent missile tests—and President Trump’s outspoken response to Kim Jong Un—moving us closer to war? For insight, MIT Technology Review spoke with Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science, author of Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era, and a leading analyst of the nuclear tactics of smaller states.

The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
Shirley Ann Jackson worked to help bring about more diversity at MIT, where she was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate. She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.

These Are Not Your Father’s GMOs

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
A new wave of gene-edited crops are dodging regulators, and they’re about to reach stores.

CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00
The first clinical trials are slated to begin in the U.S. and Europe while others are stalled.

The Great AI Paradox

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:00
Don’t worry about supersmart AI eliminating all the jobs. That’s just a distraction from the problems even relatively dumb computers are causing.

Roomba to Rule the Smart Home

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:00
iRobot CEO Colin Angle says mapping data generated by the company’s robotic cleaners will finally make our homes intelligent.

AOL Instant Messenger Made Social Media What It Is Today

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:00
The once popular messaging platform goes dark this week, but its legacy of instant communication is here to stay.

Apps That Hint at a Fanciful Fake Future

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:00
A new wave of mobile AR and VR apps is here, and these are the ones you need to check out.

Farmers Seek to Deploy Powerful Gene Drive

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00
A technology feared for its potential as a bioweapon is attracting interest from farmers as a way to control pests.

To Eliminate Fruit Flies, California Farmers Eye Controversial Genetic Tool

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:00
A technology feared for its potential as a bioweapon is attracting interest from farmers as a way to control pests.

Can China Contain Bitcoin?

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:00
It is trying. But the cryptocurrency is bigger than any country, even the one where it has been most popular.

The Man with a Plan to Upgrade the Democrats

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:00
Raffi Krikorian, the CTO of the Democratic National Committee, is out to beat hackers—and the Republicans.

The Demise of Net Neutrality Will Harm Innovation in America

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:35
Congress needs to move fast to limit the damage.

Behind South Korea’s Cryptocurrency Boom

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:00
The country is a hub for trading virtual currencies despite a government clampdown and North Korean cyberattacks.

This VR Exhibit Lets You Connect with the Human Side of War

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:00
A pioneering photojournalist hopes VR can restore war photography’s dramatic power to influence and inform us.

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:05
AI tools could help us turn information gleaned from genetic sequencing into life-saving therapies.