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The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending February 13, 2016)

A selection of the most interesting and intriguing arXiv papers from the past week.

Computing

Female Coders Are “More Competent” Than Males, According to a New Study

A study of 1.4 million computer programmers on GitHub suggests that women are better coders but face a persistent gender bias.

Energy

Suddenly, the Solar Boom Is Starting to Look like a Bubble

Is the solar industry’s boom for real, or is it being propped up by hefty government subsidies?

Business

Why the International Postal Network Holds the Key to Global Well-Being

Measuring well-being in the developing world is a difficult task. Now network theorists have discovered a number of proxies for health and wealth that are much easier to measure instead.

Business

Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending February 13, 2016)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

Mobile

Review: What It’s Like to Have Super Hearing Abilities

With Here earbuds from Doppler Labs, you’re in control of your aural environment, and it’s pretty sweet.

Mobile

Time for Twitter to End Its Dreams of World Domination?

After a rough 2015 and disappointing growth figures announced this week, the case is being made that Twitter should aim lower.

Energy

Gravitational Waves Have Been Discovered, Opening a New Window on the Universe

Researchers have found ripples in the fabric of the cosmos that confirm a prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Energy

China Could Have a Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactor Next Year

Two high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors under construction in Shandong will make up the first commercial-scale plant of its type in the world.

Biomedicine

After Losing His Wife to Cancer, Google Exec Jeff Huber Will Lead DNA Testing Venture

Jeff Huber’s wife died of colon cancer. As the head of Grail, he is on a mission to develop a kind of blood test that could have saved her.