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Why It’s in Apple’s Best Interest to Compromise on Encryption - MIT Technology Review

<i>Updated March 10, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.</i><p>If a bill pending in France is any indication, Apple would be wise to suggest more constructive potential …

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending March 12, 2016)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on <i>MIT Technology Review</i>.

Intelligence

Head of British Intelligence Agency on Apple, Snowden, and Regrets - MIT Technology Review

Shortly after Robert Hannigan took over the British signals-intelligence agency GCHQ in 2014, he implored technology companies to do more to …

Surveillance

The Surprising Light Side of the Dark Web - MIT Technology Review

Criminals selling Social Security numbers, the world’s largest social network, and transgender people seeking a safe place to talk are all part of …

Dark Web

The Long-Awaited Promise of a Programmable Quantum Computer - MIT Technology Review

The quest to build a powerful quantum computer is one of the great challenges of 21st century physics. And although the hurdles are significant, …

Quantum Computing

The Strange Case of Australia’s Flip-Flopping on Climate Change - MIT Technology Review

In another zig-zag on Australia's climate and energy policy, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he will establish a $760 million …

Weird

Google's Driverless Cars Will Be Legally Treated Like Human Drivers

The NHTSA says autonomous cars will be considered human, for legal purposes<p>The automation of cars has been a long time coming. Mechanized functions like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and even automated parallel parking have been mainstays in modern cars for decades.<p>But in the case …

One Of The World's Top Aging Researchers Has A Pill To Keep You Feeling Young

Elysium Health hasn’t discovered the fountain of youth, but their new supplement–with the backing of some of the world’s foremost authorities on aging–could change how you get older.<p>Say someone came up to you selling a dietary supplement–a pill that you take once a day–that could boost your energy, …

How One Doctor Is Waging War On Bulls**t Science

It's about time.<p>We all know science is a fantastic tool for explaining our world. But as medical doctor-turned-editor Ivan Oransky knows all too well, it's not perfect.<p>Oransky, global editorial director of the news site MedPage Today and co-founder of the website Retraction Watch, has made a career …

This writing app will delete your work if you stop typing

Starting to write, whether it’s a novel or a blog post, can be daunting even for experienced authors. The fear of penning thoughts that don’t immediately make sense or stringing together all-but-unreadable sentences, and thus concluding that you’re a failure, is real.<p>That’s where The Most Dangerous …

Robotic exoskeleton for paraplegics approved for market

After 10 years in development and a clinical trial that involved some 1,200 patient sessions, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic exoskeleton designed by a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University.<p>The Indego exoskeleton is the second exoskeleton in America to receive FDA …

Robotics

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.<p>Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial …

Renewable Energy

Alzheimer's could be treated with lab grown neural networks

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS could be treated with the help of a new, lab-grown, neural network.<p>A team from …

Neuroscience

Robot CEO: Your next boss could run on code

A report shown at the 2016 World Economic Forum in January says millions of jobs will be lost to robots in the next few years. When thinking about who is most vulnerable, factory workers, drivers, and pilots come to mind. Surely the jobs requiring a human touch, such as artists, entertainers, and …

Fired Alabama Top Cop Says Governor Booted Him for Refusing to Lie About Affair

Alabama’s Sunday school-teaching governor was accused by his former top cop on Wednesday of breaking the Seventh Commandment — thou shalt not commit adultery.<p>Spencer Collier claims he was fired from his post as head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Tuesday because he refused to cover up …

Loughner lawsuit against Gabrielle Giffords a hoax, official confirms

A lawsuit thought to have been filed by the man who shot former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords in a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011 apparently is a hoax.<p>Cosme Lopez, with the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Arizona, said attorneys for convicted killer Jared Lee Loughner notified the court …

Scathing report finds Michigan 'fundamentally accountable' for Flint's water crisis

After months of finger-pointing over who is responsible for the water contamination problem in Flint, Mich., a scathing report squarely names the very people who vowed to root out who was to blame — the state itself.<p>The report, issued Wednesday by an independent investigations task force, said the …

Somalia's Prime Minister Is Backing a Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

The Prime Minister of Somalia officially endorsed a public campaign to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) this week, in a significant step towards …

Female Genital Mutilation

An Israeli Firm Is Reportedly Helping the FBI Unlock the San Bernardino Killer's Phone

The FBI being apparently assisted by an Israeli tech firm in its efforts to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook — a perpetrator of …

Privacy

The German President Denounces Communism on a Visit to China

These days, most Western statesmen who visit China are careful not offend their hosts, fearing that upsetting the ruling Communist Party could damage …

China

Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso wins re-election

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has extended his 32 years in power, winning presidential elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said.<p>Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou, the interior minister, announced the results on national television at 3:30am local time …

Near-Extinct Sumatran Rhino Spotted In Indonesian Borneo For The First Time In 40 Years

Fewer than 100 of the species are believed to exist in the wild.<p>In the uphill battle to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, good news is hard to come by. Last year, the species was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia and conservationists warned that the creatures -- which number …

Congressman Whose Parents Were Held In Japanese Internment Camps Slams Muslim 'Patrol' Plan

"We cannot ignore the lessons of history."<p>A congressman whose parents were placed in Japanese internment camps during World War II was stunned to hear Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's suggestion that the U.S. spy on Muslim neighborhoods.<p>“Responding to Brussels [terror attacks] by …

Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One of Richard Nixon's top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper's Magazine.<p>"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon …

The White House

Major businesses stand against NC anti-discrimination law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Corporations expressed disappointment Thursday and the NCAA vowed to monitor what North Carolina does next now that the state …

Israeli soldier is filmed shooting dead wounded Palestinian attacker

Army says soldier has been detained after rights group B’Tselem releases footage that appears to show Hebron killing<p>An Israeli rights group has released a video showing the moment an Israeli soldier appears to shoot dead a wounded Palestinian in Hebron minutes after he had stabbed another …

Activism

Obama: US slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As many Argentines paused to remember loved ones killed during their country's brutal dictatorship, President Barack …