The FT examines the crop of food-tech startups while The Atlantic explores Millennials’ love for science.

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The FT examines “Food 2.0” and the crop of food-tech startups looking to re-engineer what we eat. And The Verge looks at the future of food, from lab-grown meat to bugs as protein.

-The Harvard Business Review explores how smart, connected products have “unleashed a new era of competition.”

-A new Pew report explores life satisfaction around the world.

McKinsey Quarterly outlines a road map for the future of the auto industry as factors ranging from new Chinese players to driverless systems force a sea-change.

-Andreessen Horowitz’s Benedict Evans takes an overview of how “mobile is eating the world.”

-The Financial Times explores China’s “new normal” for consumption.

-The World Economic Forum released its annual Gender Gap Report, via NPR.

GfK outlines Americans’ sentiments and activities around mobile payments in a new report.

The New York Times looks at Bluetooth’s transformation from an irritatingly clunky tech to the tool behind much of today’s seamless connectivity.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how scientists are concocting flavorings as Americans seek more natural foods while also showing a bigger appetite for exotic tastes and textures.

Fast Company reports on the myriad new types of water coming to market in the wake of coconut water’s success.

The Atlantic explores Millennials’ love for science.

-Experts including JWT’s creative technology director discuss the creative opportunities that virtual reality presents for brands, in Campaign.

The FT explores the future of artificial intelligence and Silicon Valley’s take on what happens when machines are smarter than humans.

-In line with our trend Sensory Explosion, “sensory marketing is becoming big business for brands,” proclaims The Guardian.

The New York Times explores how Madison Avenue has “embraced the idea of simplicity as a marketing tactic.”

-The FT takes a look at how advertising must shift to better speak to the globe’s aging population.

The New York Times and Wired write that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s proud-to-be-gay statement is an important first for modern business culture.

Businessweek spotlights the retail challenge as Americans do ever more holiday shopping online and focus largely on scoring discounts.

-A new study explores how America’s growing inequality has resulted in more-educated women having more children, since they can better afford childcare, via The Guardian.

TNW reports that free Wi-Fi is becoming more widely available in Africa.

-The FT explores how the digital divide in America exacerbates social inequality.

-Anonymity is back in vogue with the launch of various privacy-enabling services, via Wired.

-“Facebook is at the forefront of a fundamental change in how people consume journalism,” writes The New York Times in exploring how the social network influences what people read.

The Washington Post explores why mega-cities will be central to the future of innovation.

-Mexico’s fashion market is booming, reports The Business of Fashion.

The New York Times spotlights the array of skin care products from South Korea that are catching on in the U.S.

New York delves into the new “golden age of podcasting.”

-A New York Times columnist explores whether MOOCs are living up to their initial promise for education.

Gizmodo hails “The Great Web 1.0 Revival.”

The FT reports on whether the popularity of traditional texting has peaked.

The Daily Dot asks, “Is voicemail over?”

-The Teal Pumpkin Project to promote allergy-safe trick or treating is catching on this Halloween, notes The Washington Post, while Inc. weighs in on the lessons marketers can learn here.