Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending April 23, 2016)
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
- Airplanes Are Getting Lighter Thanks to 3-D-Printed Parts
A rapid increase in sales of 3-D printers that make metal parts may just be the beginning of a surge in additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry.
- How to Prevent a Plague of Dumb Chatbots
The best (and least annoying) chatbots will be those that recognize their limitations and occasionally turn to humans for help.
- How First Solar Is Avoiding the Industry’s Turmoil
The Arizona company is betting that cadmium telluride solar cells could leave silicon in the dust.
- Who Approved the Genetically Engineered Foods Coming to Your Plate? No One.
Uncertainty about future regulations clouds the future of agricultural biotechnology in the U.S.
- Magic Leap Has a Headset, but Its Technology Is Still Mysterious
The augmented-reality startup has raised over a billion dollars from investors, but it still isn’t saying how its technology really works.
- New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Ceramic Parts
A new way of making these tough materials could be a key step in producing better airplane engines and long-lasting machine parts.
- Why Intel’s Job Cuts May Be Just the Beginning
The once-dominant chipmaker is cutting 12,000 workers, and several emerging technological trends may cause even more difficulty.