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Flying Taxi Hype, Rat Head Transplant, and Losing to AI—The Download, April 28, 2017

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Finding Solace in Defeat by Artificial Intelligence

A documentary about the superhuman Go program created by Google DeepMind shows us what it’s like to be superseded by artificial intelligence.

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James Comey’s Twitter Security Problem Is Your Problem, Too

Information security used to be able to lock down data. Now we must beware of how algorithms handle our secrets.

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Here’s Why Trump’s Plan to Save the Coal Industry Is Doomed

Easing regulatory burdens won’t make a big enough difference to the fortunes of the most polluting of the fossil fuels.

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100 Days in, Few Clues about Trump’s Tech Agenda

We’re even more confused about President Trump’s stances on pressing technology policy issues today than we were on inauguration day.

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Deep Learning Is a Black Box, but Health Care Won’t Mind

New algorithms are able to diagnose disease as accurately as expert physicians.

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Smartphone-Controlled Cells Could Pump Insulin for Diabetics

Researchers used optogenetics and a mobile app to stimulate cells that were designed to produce insulin in diabetic mice.

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Clean Technology Innovation Is in Decline

The last two years have been slow for green energy patents, and plans to cut federal R&D could make that a real problem.

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For 3,000 Startups, Y Combinator’s Class Is in Session Online

The accelerator’s new Startup School offers a virtual way into the startup scene even if you’re not based in the Bay Area.

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Why America’s Old Nuclear Plants Could Be Dragging Down Clean Energy Development

Money spent nursing nukes may be better spent on wind, solar, and research into new technologies.

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Wikipedia’s Founder Wants to Fix Fake News

Can a cadre of professional journalists, edited by volunteers and paid via crowdfunding, crack a problem that’s plaguing the Internet?

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Rules for Geoengineering the Planet

We have to at least consider geoengineering. And that’s where the problems start.

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A Massive New Library of 3-D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Using three-dimensional images is a better way of mimicking the way animals perceive things.

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Will Self-Driving Cars Be Better Drivers If They Can Chat With Each Other?

Ambitious trials of autonomous cars between London and Oxford could inspire more companies to freely share data between vehicles.

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Quantum Drag Race, Expanding Cancer Cures, and the Bat Drone—The Download, April 24, 2017

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Immunotherapy Pioneer James Allison Has Unfinished Business with Cancer

Why do most patients fail to respond to the newest cures?

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The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending April 22, 2017)

This week’s most thought-provoking papers from the Physics arXiv.

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With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It.

Why the billionaire is wrong that telepathy technology will be available in a few short years.

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The World’s Most Expensive Medicine Is Being Pulled from the Market

The maker of the gene therapy Glybera says it doesn’t have enough customers.

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When Even Genome Sequencing Doesn’t Give a Diagnosis

The technology has been touted as a powerful tool, but it doesn’t provide answers to everyone.

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