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How do I know if egg freezing is for me?

1 hour 58 minutes ago
This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. Egg freezing is on my mind. At 36, I’m at an age when many of my friends have had babies, and the few who haven’t are weighing up their options. If they…
Jessica Hamzelou

How Roomba tester’s private images ended up on Facebook

16 hours 42 minutes ago
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on social media? This episode we go behind the scenes of an MIT Technology Review investigation that uncovered how sensitive photos taken by an AI powered vacuum were leaked and landed on the internet. Reporting: We meet: Credits: This episode was reported…
Anthony Green

The Download: ChatGPT workout plans, and cleaning up aviation

22 hours 47 minutes ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. People are already using ChatGPT to create workout plans When I opened the email telling me I’d been accepted to run the London Marathon, I felt elated. And then terrified. Barely six months…
Rhiannon Williams

How new technologies could clean up air travel

1 day ago
This article is from The Spark, MIT Technology Review’s weekly climate newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Wednesday, sign up here. As a climate reporter, I sometimes hesitate to admit this, but I feel it’s time that I came clean on something … I love flying. It’s not even just about traveling and seeing…
Casey Crownhart

People are already using ChatGPT to create workout plans

1 day 1 hour ago
When I opened the email telling me I’d been accepted to run the London Marathon, I felt elated. And then terrified. Barely six months on from my last marathon, I knew how dedicated I’d have to be to keep running day after day, week after week, month after month, through rain, cold, tiredness, grumpiness, and…
Rhiannon Williams

The Download: a brain implant breakthrough, and China tech reflections

1 day 22 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. An ALS patient set a record for communicating via a brain implant The news: Eight years ago, a patient lost her power of speech because of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes…
Rhiannon Williams

Resolving to live the Year of the Rabbit to the fullest

2 days ago
China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. This past Sunday was the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday for Chinese and several other Asian cultures. It’s difficult to celebrate this holiday with China Report readers, as I originally planned, when I…
Zeyi Yang

The Download: some good climate news, and a revolutionary new chip design

2 days 22 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. A few pieces of good news on climate change (and a reality check) When it comes to the climate, the picture can look bleak. Emissions of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change…
Rhiannon Williams

The economy is down, but AI is hot. Where do we go from here?

3 days 1 hour ago
This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here. Oh man, it’s brutal out there. One by one, the world’s richest tech companies have announced massive layoffs. Just last week, Alphabet announced it was laying off 12,000 people. There have been…
Melissa Heikkilä

These simple design rules could turn the chip industry on its head

3 days 1 hour ago
RISC-V is one of MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2023. Explore the rest of the list here. Python, Java, C++, R. In the seven decades or so since the computer was invented, humans have devised many programming languages—largely mishmashes of English words and mathematical symbols—to command transistors to do our bidding.  But the…
Sophia Chen

A few pieces of good news on climate change (and a reality check)

3 days 19 hours ago
When it comes to climate, the picture can look bleak.  Emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change reached a new peak in 2022, according to early estimates. And climate disasters seem to be hitting at a breakneck pace. In 2022, the world experienced record heat waves in China and Europe, and devastating floods…
Casey Crownhart

The Download: amazing space, and geoengineering restrictions

3 days 22 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How the James Webb Space Telescope broke the universe When the James Webb Space Telescope sent its first images back to Earth in July last year, researchers gathered excitedly to pore over them.…
Rhiannon Williams

How the James Webb Space Telescope broke the universe

5 days 23 hours ago
The James Webb Space Telescope is one of MIT Technology Review’s 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2023. Explore the rest of the list here. Natalie Batalha was itching for data from the James Webb Space Telescope. It was a few months after the telescope had reached its final orbit, and her group at the University of…
Jonathan O'Callaghan

What Mexico’s planned geoengineering restrictions mean for the future of the field

6 days 19 hours ago
Tech Review Explains: Let our writers untangle the complex, messy world of technology to help you understand what’s coming next. You can read more here. An American entrepreneur’s crude solar geoengineering effort in Baja California, first reported by MIT Technology Review in late December, has prompted widespread criticism—and now, the Mexican government plans to ban…
James Temple

The Download: hydrogen-powered planes, and abortion pills

6 days 22 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Hydrogen-powered planes take off with startup’s test flight The news: In a record trip for low-carbon aviation, a startup has completed a test flight of a 19-seat aircraft powered in part by hydrogen…
Rhiannon Williams

How CRISPR is making farmed animals bigger, stronger, and healthier

1 week ago
This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. The CRISPR gene-editing tool has been making headlines for the last 10 years, since scientists showed it could be used to easily alter the genome of a living organism. The technology could…
Jessica Hamzelou

Hydrogen-powered planes take off with startup’s test flight

1 week ago
In a record trip for low-carbon aviation, a startup has completed a test flight of a 19-seat aircraft powered in part by hydrogen fuel cells. It’s the largest plane that ZeroAvia, a leader in developing hydrogen-electric systems for planes, has tested in the air to date.  The flight took off from Cotswold Airport in the…
Casey Crownhart

The Download: where gene editing goes next

1 week ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Gene editing for the masses is coming We know the basics of healthy living by now. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction can help us avoid heart disease—the world’s biggest killer.…
Rhiannon Williams

Why you might recycle a battery—and how to do it

1 week 1 day ago
This article is from The Spark, MIT Technology Review’s weekly climate newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Wednesday, sign up here. When strangers find out that I’m a climate technology reporter, they often have a lot of questions for me, or concerns to share. Some have heard that birds fly into wind turbines. Or…
Casey Crownhart
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