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  • Debate Ensues as Prenatal Tests Reach Beyond Down Syndrome

    Doctors and genetic counselors question the expanding scope of blood tests during pregnancy.

    Genetic counselor Emily Hardisty sat across from three salespeople from the San Diego biotech company Sequenom two weeks ago. The sales team had come to pitch her on a new way to peer more deeply than ever before into the genome of a fetus during pregnancy.

  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China

    IBM researchers are developing a system that can predict how bad pollution will be across the city of Beijing 72 hours in advance.

    IBM is testing a new way to alleviate Beijing?s choking air pollution with the help of artificial intelligence. The Chinese capital, like many other cities across the country, is surrounded by factories, many fueled by coal, that emit harmful particulates. But pollution levels can vary depending on factors such as industrial activity, traffic congestion, and weather conditions.

  • The Looming Problem That Could Kill Bitcoin

    The man who took over stewardship of Bitcoin from its mysterious inventor says the currency is in serious trouble.

    The way things are going, the digital currency Bitcoin will start to malfunction early next year. Transactions will become increasingly delayed, and the system of money now worth $3.3 billion will begin to die as its flakiness drives people away. So says Gavin Andresen, who in 2010 was designated chief caretaker of the code that powers Bitcoin by its shadowy creator. Andresen held the role of ?core maintainer? during most of Bitcoin?s improbable rise; he stepped down last year but still remains heavily involved with the currency (see ?The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin?).

  • Seven Must-Read Stories (Week ending August 29, 2015)

    Another chance to catch the most interesting and important articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

  • Recommended from Around the Web (Week ending August 29, 2015)

    A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

    Digital Surveillance ?Worse than Orwell?, Says New UN Privacy Chief
    The UN?s new privacy chief says a Geneva Convention-style international treaty is needed to protect rights against digital surveillance.
    ?Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief

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