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Iris scanner can distinguish dead eyeballs from living ones

The 1993 film Demolition Man is set in the fictional future of the 2030s, where people gain access to more or less everything via iris scans. That leads to an unsurprising plot device in which a prisoner escapes from jail by cutting out the warden’s eyeball and using it to spoof the biometric scanners. This raises an interesting question. Is ...

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How to turn a kitchen microwave into a plasma-etching device

Every high school science course focuses on the fundamental states of matter in the form of gases, liquids, and solids—states that are straightforward to study and manipulate. But there is a fourth state of matter that most people are much less familiar with because it does not exist freely on Earth. This is plasma—a gas in which electrons have been ...

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The secret world of disabled gamers

By some estimates, as many as 2.6 billion people take part in digital gaming, a significant fraction of the global population. There is much ongoing study by games makers and researchers into why and how people play: for fun, for the challenge, to relax, to engage with friends, and so on. And yet one group of people are conspicuous by their ...

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A performance review from the future

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Gary Reback: Technology’s trustbuster – MIT Technology Review

Gary Reback is famous in Silicon Valley as the lawyer who sicced the US Department of Justice on Microsoft. The landmark lawsuit, alleging that the company had abused the dominance of its Windows operating system to favor Internet Explorer over the rival Netscape browser, lasted years and ended in stalemate in 2001; a chastened Microsoft trod more carefully after it. ...

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A digital capitalism Marx might enjoy

Private ownership of capital is the defining feature of most of the world’s economies. The conflicts between the owners of capital and the laborers who operate it for them defined two centuries of history. Not for nothing did Karl Marx title his indictment of industrial economies, simply, Capital. Yet the nature of capital changes with time and technology. The world ...

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Rebuilding Germany’s centuries-old vocational program

Within buildings 10 and 30 of the Siemens complex on the outskirts of Munich, the next generation of German workers are toiling over a range of test projects. The assignments are carefully chosen to impart the skills needed to continue the German miracle in automated manufacturing. In one room, a group of young men train to be automotive mechatronic engineers. ...

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Behind the MIT Technology Review redesign

MIT has long been celebrated for its leadership in engineering and technological innovation, but few outside of design circles know it was also a pioneer in American graphic design. Led in the 1950s by legendary designers Muriel Cooper and Jacqueline Casey, the MIT Office of Design Services developed an aesthetic that synthesized International Style typography, Bauhaus vanguardism, and American hard-edge ...

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