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Senior editor, Scientific American. Author, Bottled Lightning. Next book: on the Event Horizon Telescope & the quest to see to the edge of a black hole (Ecco)

Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough

scientificamerican.com — Two of the most sacred numbers in the electric-vehicle industry are 300 miles and $100. The first is generally considered to be the distance electric cars need to travel on a single charge for Americans to take them seriously.

Giving ALMA a Heart Transplant

blogs.scientificamerican.com — The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Before they can see Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, the astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) must complete an epic to-do list.

From Gadgets To Galaxies: Conference Reports

scientificamerican.com — Scientific American technology editor Seth Fletcher talks about the recent Consumer Electronics Show and astronomy editor Clara Moskowitz discusses last month's American Astronomical Society conference.

Yes, Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs-Now What?

scientificamerican.com — M.I.T. economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains how technology has affected economic growth and productivity, and how human workers can adapt But what do we do about the decoupling of productivity and employment? If technology creates a class of permanently underemployed people, the social effects could be awful, and a lot of people are very worried about it.

How to Think about Privacy: An Interview with Jaron Lanier

scientificamerican.com — See Inside The virtual reality pioneer talks Facebook, the NSA, the limits of big data and the future of our digital selves Is privacy dead? If so, did the Web kill it or did the NSA? What is privacy, anyway? And if we decide it's worth preserving, how can we do that?

How, Exactly, Is Big Data Going to Change the World? [Video]

scientificamerican.com — Web Exclusives | Technology See Inside M.I.T. computer scientist Alex Pentland explains There's a reason every government and corporation wants to hoard as much data on as many people as possible. Gather enough data, says Alex "Sandy" Pentland, director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Human Dynamics Laboratory, and you can achieve a "God's-eye view of humanity"-which he'll admit is a little scary.

How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business

scientificamerican.com — See Inside Schools and universities are embracing technology that tailors content to students' abilities and takes teachers out of the lecturing business. But is it an improvement? When Arnecia Hawkins enrolled at Arizona State University last fall, she did not realize she was volunteering as a test subject in an experimental reinvention of American higher education.

The YouTube Tutor

scientificamerican.com — Ten questions for hedge-fund-analyst-turned-education-reformer Salman Khan

Did Global Warming Destroy My Hometown?

popsci.com — Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come? The tornado that destroyed my hometown was born in an otherwise unremarkable atmospheric collision over the American Central Plains. On May 22, 2011, a geostationary satellite 22,300 miles overhead recorded a large collection of cloud lines drifting over southeastern Kansas.

The Solar Cell That Turns 1 Photon into 2 Electrons

scientificamerican.com — MIT researchers develop an organic solar cell that breaks 100 percent quantum efficiency Image: Flickr/Mike Baker Solar cells are picky. If an incoming photon has too little energy, the cell won't absorb it. If a photon has too much, the excess is wasted as heat.
Oct 17, 2014

Amazing. Cruise ship passenger "might have" handled TX ebola, so ship denied port in Mexico; turns around, heads home washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m…

Oct 17, 2014

BOOM: @voxdotcom beat @slate to this RT @pfeiffer44 From @ezraklein: Ron Klain is a great choice for Ebola czar vox.com/2014/10/17/699… … …

Oct 17, 2014

RT @RonaldKlain: Ironic fact: @jtimberlake wore neither suit (it's a tux) or tie (open neck) when he sung "Suit & Tie" tonight. http://t.co…

Oct 17, 2014

Waiting for @slate to explain to me why Ron Klain will make an awesome Ebola czar.

Oct 17, 2014

RT @PopovichN: Fun fact Friday: Surgeon General would be overseeing Ebola response. We don't have one right now bc NRA msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @carlzimmer: WHO & Glaxo decided in March not to accelerate Ebola vaccine. Now it won’t be ready till 2016. firstwordpharma.com/node/1240881#a… via @…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @David_Dobbs: Genetics & ancestry done right: My @nytimesbooks review of @chriskenneally's ‘Invisible History of the Human Race’ http:…

Oct 17, 2014

Starling on my windowsill is making the most complicated alien noises I've ever heard. Sounds like the weirdest possible Aphex Twin song.

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