What We’re Reading

A round-up of articles we found interesting, funny, disturbing, or otherwise distracting this week….

Titanium Bullets, Rocket Sleds, and C-4: How the U.S. Tested the Safety of Nuclear Batteries on Wired. The title is pretty self-explanatory. Check out the awesome pictures and technical drawings to find out how the Department of Energy went about “smash[ing] them, blow[ing] them up, shoot[ing] them and break[ing] them.”

Hopkins researchers on Snowden, NSA leak on WAMR-ABC2. This was an interesting take on the privacy v. security debate—that the government is setting standards that open secure systems to backdoor hacking. And especially interesting given our upcoming symposium, Inventing the Surveillance Society (October 25).

CDC Threat Report: “We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era” also on Wired. This article couldn’t help but get us thinking about the innovations that will be needed if and when antibiotics no longer meet our healthcare needs.

Why Today’s Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction on The Atlantic. A new class at MIT “mines these “fantastic imaginings of the future” for analysis of our very real present.” Building prototypes based on science fiction? Sign us up!

What were your “must-read” technology/innovation articles this week?


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