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Stem-Cell Treatment for Blindness Moving Through Patient Testing

Advanced Cell Technology is testing a stem-cell treatment for blindness that could preserve vision and potentially reverse vision loss.

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The Limits of Social Engineering

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills.

Biomedicine

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

A Brazilian neuroscientist says brain-controlled robotics will let the paralyzed walk again.

Computing

The Underappreciated Ties Between Art and Innovation

Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.

Energy

Averting Disastrous Climate Change Could Depend on Unproven Technologies

A U.N. climate report says we’ll overshoot greenhouse gas targets, and will need new technologies to make up for it.

Computing

Three Questions for iRobot’s CTO Paolo Pirjanian

The Roomba maker is working on technology that could enable robots to help with more household chores.

Energy

Does Musk’s Gigafactory Make Sense?

Tesla’s audacious plan to build a giant battery factory may mostly be a clever negotiating tactic.

Web

Startup Makes One App Run on Many Screens

Conductr wants to help developers make apps that will spread out across multiple devices, taking advantage of all your display real estate.

Web

Three Questions for Eugene Kaspersky

It’s only a matter of time before more cyberweapons emerge, says the founder of the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky.

Computing

Many Devices Will Never Be Patched to Fix Heartbleed Bug

Home automation systems and networking equipment vulnerable to a major encryption flaw are unlikely to be fixed.