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China’s Central Bank Has Begun Cautiously Testing a Digital Currency

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
The People’s Bank of China has developed a digital currency that’s designed to scale to the number of transactions made every day across the country.

Uber’s Other Big Problem: Driverless Cars Aren’t Ready Yet

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:03
Its new CEO will inherit many problems, but a business plan based on the elusive dream of driverless cars is the largest.

From the NFL to MIT: The Double Life of John Urschel

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Whether he’s blocking a 300-pound defensive lineman or hitting the math books, this doctoral candidate just won’t quit.

The Double Life of John Urschel

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Whether he’s blocking a 300-pound defensive lineman or hitting the math books, this doctoral candidate just won’t quit.

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:00
Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

In Sharp Rebuttal, Scientists Squash Hopes for 100 Percent Renewables

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:00
Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power gaining traction in policy circles.

Why Bad Things Happen to Clean-Energy Startups

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:00
New technologies for storing power from wind and solar farms will be key to a clean-energy future. But Aquion Energy’s recent bankruptcy shows the market challenge of making that happen.

In China, a Store of the Future—No Checkout, No Staff

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:00
Wheelys tests a 24-hour store run entirely by technology.

Baby Genome Sequencing for Sale in China

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 00:00
Chinese parents can now decode the genomes of their healthy newborns, revealing disease risks as well as the likelihood of physical traits like male-pattern baldness.

Virtual Reality’s Missing Element: Other People

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 00:00
VR can be the basis of a new communications industry if the technology becomes less insular and isolating.

The Fertility Doctor Trying to Commercialize Three-Parent Babies

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00
A startup called Darwin Life says it will use a controversial fertility technique to help forty-somethings get pregnant for $100,000.

The Fertility Doctor Offering to Rejuvenate Eggs for $100,000

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00
A startup called Darwin Life says it will use a controversial fertility technique to help forty-somethings get pregnant.

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 00:00
Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let’s not leave it up to the algorithm makers to decide whether they’re doing it appropriately.

The Octogenarians Who Love Amazon’s Alexa

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 00:00
A community of San Diego retirees is using the personal-assistant gadget to listen to audiobooks, keep current with family news, and control home appliances.

Tim Cook: Technology Should Serve Humanity, Not the Other Way Around

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 22:59
The CEO of Apple spent a day at MIT learning about research into artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

Blood from the Sky: Zipline’s Ambitious Medical Drone Delivery in Africa

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 00:00
In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles is delivering urgently needed medical supplies.

Paris Isn’t the Only Clean Energy Pact the U.S. Is Fleeing

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:00
The White House’s deep proposed cuts to energy R&D could cede leadership to China, and derail the international Mission Innovation partnership.

Promising New Cancer Drugs Won’t Go Far Unless Everyone Gets Genetic Testing

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 00:00
Loxo Oncology is developing a so-called “tumor agnostic” drug that requires expensive genetic testing often not covered by insurance.

Grail’s $1 Billion Bet on the Perfect Cancer Test

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 00:00
Seventy percent of cancers caught early are curable. Can a blood test find them?

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:00
Verizon has devised a system of cameras, sensors, and algorithms that can track the number of times cars fail to yield to bicyclists and pedestrians at a particular intersection.

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