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Ford to Add Pedestrian Detection to Its Cars

Ford sedans will soon come with a system that brakes if you’re about to hit a pedestrian.

Computing

The “Soft and Chewy Centers” That Put Your Data at Risk

A security startup called Illumio launching today has already signed up Yahoo and other large companies that need new ways to protect their data centers.

Energy

Why Solar Is Much More Costly Than Wind or Hydro

A new report from the E.U. estimates the true economic cost of different forms of energy production.

Computing

The Quest to Put More Reality in Virtual Reality

The inventor of Second Life has spent 15 years chasing the dream of living in virtual space. Can his new company finally give virtual worlds mass-market appeal?

Computing

A Physical Key to Your Google Account

Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.

Business

China’s Growing Bets on GMOs

New technology and large government research initiatives in ­genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.

Other

The Extremes of Inequality

Development is lifting people out of poverty, but there’s still far to go.

Biomedicine

China’s GMO Stockpile

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

Other

52 Years Ago

The economist Robert Solow has been arguing for more than half a century that technology will not spell the end of middle-class jobs.

Business

Technology and Inequality

The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?