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The Big Story
The Big Story is a home for MIT Technology Review’s most important, ambitious reporting—stories that take a deep look at the technologies that are coming next and what they will mean for us and the world we live in.
Which Covid-19 drugs work best?
The first medical reports are in, but there’s no silver bullet for coronavirus infection yet.
March 23, 2020
We’re not going back to normal
Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever.
March 17, 2020
What is herd immunity and can it stop the coronavirus?
Once enough people get Covid-19, it will stop spreading on its own. But the costs will be devastating.
March 17, 2020
Lie detectors have always been suspect. AI has made the problem worse.
An in-depth investigation into artificial-intelligence-based attempts to recognize deception.
March 13, 2020
The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world
The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive pressure eroded that idealism.
February 17, 2020
Biologists rush to re-create the China coronavirus from its DNA code
Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized from scratch?
February 15, 2020
A new implant for blind people jacks directly into the brain
Researchers have successfully bypassed the eyes with a brain implant that allows rudimentary vision.
February 6, 2020
Climate change means the US must start building big things again
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January 15, 2020
An elegy for cash: the technology we might never replace
Cash is gradually dying out. Will we ever have a digital alternative that offers the same mix of convenience and freedom?
January 3, 2020
Meet the scientists trying to understand the world’s worst wildfires
It won’t be easy to update the 47-year-old standard for predicting what fires will do—but it will save lives.
December 16, 2019
China’s CRISPR babies: Read exclusive excerpts from the unseen original research
He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.
December 3, 2019
Video game addiction is now being recognized—what happens next?
Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.
November 25, 2019
Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai
A sophisticated new electronic warfare system is being used at the world’s busiest port. But is it sand thieves or the Chinese state behind it?
November 15, 2019
How the world’s biggest gun helped solve a long-standing space mystery
A fog of micro-debris poses major risks to satellites and spaceships—and this test suggests there is a lot more of it than anyone had thought
November 11, 2019