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

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.

Posted on 23 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

Its new CEO will inherit many problems, but a business plan based on the elusive dream of driverless cars is the largest.

Posted on 23 June 2017 | 2:03 am

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

Whether he’s blocking a 300-pound defensive lineman or hitting the math books, this doctoral candidate just won’t quit.

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan

Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power gaining traction in policy circles.

Posted on 20 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Why Bad Things Happen to Clean-Energy Startups

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.

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

Wheelys tests a 24-hour store run entirely by technology.

Posted on 16 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Baby Genome Sequencing for Sale in China

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.

Posted on 15 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Baby Genome Sequencing for Sale in China

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.

Posted on 15 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Virtual Reality’s Missing Element: Other People

VR can be the basis of a new communications industry if the technology becomes less insular and isolating.

Posted on 14 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Fertility Doctor Trying to Commercialize Three-Parent Babies

A startup called Darwin Life says it will use a controversial fertility technique to help forty-somethings get pregnant for $100,000.

Posted on 13 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

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.

Posted on 12 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

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.

Posted on 12 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Octogenarians Who Love Amazon’s Alexa

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.

Posted on 9 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

The Octogenarians Who Love Amazon’s Alexa

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.

Posted on 9 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes.

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes.

Posted on 8 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

The White House’s deep proposed cuts to energy R&D could cede leadership to China, and derail the international Mission Innovation partnership.

Posted on 7 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

Loxo Oncology is developing a so-called “tumor agnostic” drug that requires expensive genetic testing often not covered by insurance.

Posted on 6 June 2017 | 4:00 pm

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

Seventy percent of cancers caught early are curable. Can a blood test find them?

Posted on 5 June 2017 | 4:00 pm