July 21, 2014

Weekly Communications Newsletter

 

News

Design of Surface-to-Air Missile Systems Makes Accidents Far from Improbable

It’s not certain whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down because of mistaken identity, but it is plausible.

 
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Taxi Trajectories Reveal City's Most Important Crossroads

The data from GPS navigating equipment is revealing the most important junctions in traffic-clogged megacities.

 

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An Explanation of the Evidence of Weaknesses in the Iron Dome Defense System

 
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Forget the Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal the Wisdom of the Confident

The wisdom of crowds breaks down when people are biased. Now researchers have discovered a simple method of removing this bias–just listen to the most confident.

 
 

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Seven Stories You Shouldn’t Miss (Week Ending July 19, 2014)

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

 
 

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Best Tech Stories from Around the Web (Week Ending July 19, 2014)

A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.

 
 

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Jibo the Family Robot Might Be Oddly Charming, or Just Plain Odd

The “world’s first family robot” is based on efforts to elicit emotional response in humans—a powerful idea, but one fraught with challenges.

 
 

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Evolving Beyond Coupons and Mobile Apps: Retail Technologies in the Sensor Economy

 
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