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When my dad was sick, I started Googling grief. Then I couldn’t escape it.

I’ve always been a super-Googler, coping with uncertainty by trying to learn as much as I can about whatever might be coming. That included my father’s throat cancer. Initially I focused on the purely medical. I endeavored to learn as much as I could about molecular biomarkers, transoral robotic surgeries, and the functional anatomy of…

Posted on 6 February 2023 | 10:00 am

AI models spit out photos of real people and copyrighted images

Popular image generation models can be prompted to produce identifiable photos of real people, potentially threatening their privacy, according to new research. The work also shows that these AI systems can be made to regurgitate exact copies of medical images and copyrighted work by artists. It’s a finding that could strengthen the case for artists…

Posted on 3 February 2023 | 5:33 pm

The Download: fighting pregnancy misinformation, and the ethics of organ donations

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 Indian health-care workers use WhatsApp to save pregnant women Across India, an all-women cadre of 1 million community health-care workers are responsible for making public health care accessible to people from remote…

Posted on 3 February 2023 | 1:10 pm

A Massachusetts bill could allow prisoners to swap their organs for their freedom

This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. What is the value of a human organ? It’s a question that’s been on my mind since I heard about a disturbing proposed change to the law in Massachusetts that would allow…

Posted on 3 February 2023 | 8:54 am

How Indian health-care workers use WhatsApp to save pregnant women

Hirabai Koli’s medical reports were normal—but she wasn’t happy.    She had been monitoring her weight over the first two months of her pregnancy, and she surprised community health-care worker Suraiyya Terdale when she asked why she wasn’t gaining more. (To protect her safety and private health information, Koli is being identified by a pseudonym.)  “It…

Posted on 3 February 2023 | 8:50 am

The Download: CRISPR crops, and busting renewables myths

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 CRISPR could help save crops from devastation caused by pests For decades, the grape-growers of California have battled Pierce’s Disease, a nasty infection which causes vines to wither. The arrival of an…

Posted on 2 February 2023 | 1:10 pm

Busting three myths about materials and renewable energy

This article is from The Spark, MIT Technology Review’s weekly climate newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Wednesday, sign up here. No piece of media shaped me more than the mid-2000s TV show MythBusters.  In the show, a band of special-effects pros tested out myths from TV shows or popular knowledge, like: Can a…

Posted on 2 February 2023 | 11:00 am

How CRISPR could help save crops from devastation caused by pests

Central California grape-grower Steve McIntyre was familiar with Pierce’s Disease. But that did not prepare him for what he saw when he visited his brother’s Southern California citrus and avocado farm in 1998. The disease, which causes vines to wither and grapes to deflate like old balloons, had long existed in California. But the infection…

Posted on 2 February 2023 | 9:45 am

Tackling huge challenges together

History tends to elevate lone heroes, but recent events have shown that enormous challenges can only be solved through team effort. Two celebrated leaders from science and sport discuss how collaboration, resolve, and empathy have contributed to some of their most recognizable achievements. They define their vision for the future, and chart where they’ll set their…

Posted on 1 February 2023 | 5:14 pm

Three ways networking services simplify network management

Organizations rely on networks to power their work. But managing the myriad applications and data that a business depends on is not without its challenges. That’s where networking services come in. Think of networking services—like Azure Networking Services—as technology’s orchestra conductor. Instead of closely studying sheet music, understanding the skills of dozens of musicians, and…

Posted on 1 February 2023 | 3:48 pm