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This 93-Million Mile Deep Space Mission Might Catch the Next Super Solar Storm
solar storm
Space
This 93-Million Mile Deep Space Mission Might Catch the Next Super Solar Storm
A newly funded satellite mission could help us keep a watchful eye on the sun’s activity, buying us more time to prepare for a potential solar storm.
By Tien Nguyen
February 26, 2020

A newly funded satellite mission could help us keep a watchful eye on the sun’s activity, buying us more time to prepare for a potential solar storm.

Bionics
Run Faster, Think Better: Hugh Herr on the Future of Bionics
Run Faster, Think Better: Hugh Herr on the Future of Bionics
Bionics
Run Faster, Think Better: Hugh Herr on the Future of Bionics
Hugh Herr, head of Biomechatronics research at MIT and hailed as a bionic pioneer, is working to close the gap between synthetic limbs and the brain.
February 25, 2020

Hugh Herr, head of Biomechatronics research at MIT and hailed as a bionic pioneer, is working to close the gap between synthetic limbs and the brain.

Fertility
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
Fertility
Cancer Survivor Gives Birth Thanks to a New Fertility Procedure
A French cancer survivor is the first person to give birth via a fertility treatment that involves freezing and thawing eggs that underwent in vitro maturation.
By Kristin Houser
February 25, 2020

A French cancer survivor is the first person to give birth via a fertility treatment that involves freezing and thawing eggs that underwent in vitro maturation.

Mental Health
New PTSD Therapy Dulls the Sting of Painful Memories
New PTSD Therapy Dulls the Sting of Painful Memories
Mental Health
New PTSD Therapy Dulls the Sting of Painful Memories
A Canadian researcher’s reconsolidation therapy is helping people overcome PTSD by allowing them to edit painful memories to be less emotionally impactful.
By Kristin Houser
February 24, 2020

A Canadian researcher’s reconsolidation therapy is helping people overcome PTSD by allowing them to edit painful memories to be less emotionally impactful.

Cyborgs
Scientists Engineered “Cyborg Grasshoppers” to Sniff out Bombs
Scientists Engineered “Cyborg Grasshoppers” to Sniff out Bombs
Cyborgs
Scientists Engineered “Cyborg Grasshoppers” to Sniff out Bombs
By implanting electrodes into the brains of grasshoppers, scientists were able to harness the insects’ sense of smell for the purpose of explosive detection.
By Kristin Houser
February 24, 2020

By implanting electrodes into the brains of grasshoppers, scientists were able to harness the insects’ sense of smell for the purpose of explosive detection.

The Brain
Scientists Are Developing Brain Implants That Improve Memory
Brain Implants
The Brain
Scientists Are Developing Brain Implants That Improve Memory
New research sheds hope for sufferers of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and for all of us, old age.
February 23, 2020

New research sheds hope for sufferers of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, and for all of us, old age.

Biohacking
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacking
Biohacker’s Prosthetic Arm Lets Him Play a Synthesizer With His Mind
Biohacker Bertolt Meyer has built the SynLimb, a controller that attaches to his prosthetic arm, allowing him to control his modular synthesizer with his mind.
By Kristin Houser
February 22, 2020

Biohacker Bertolt Meyer has built the SynLimb, a controller that attaches to his prosthetic arm, allowing him to control his modular synthesizer with his mind.

Public Heath
China Is Responding to the Coronavirus in a Way Only China Could
China Is Responding to the Coronavirus in a Way Only China Could
Public Heath
China Is Responding to the Coronavirus in a Way Only China Could
China is using its vast surveillance network and near-total control over citizens to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in a way perhaps no other nation could.
By Kristin Houser
February 22, 2020

China is using its vast surveillance network and near-total control over citizens to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in a way perhaps no other nation could.

Tech & The Arts
The Algorithm Playwright
The Algorithm Playwright
Tech & The Arts
The Algorithm Playwright
Annie Dorsen allows algorithms to write her plays, and it challenges our fundamental understanding of art.
February 21, 2020

Annie Dorsen allows algorithms to write her plays, and it challenges our fundamental understanding of art.

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Biohackers
Biohackers
Biohackers
Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery in our latest series, Biohackers.

Meet the bio-renegades who are modifying their bodies and even hijacking their own genomes in the name of discovery in our latest series, Biohackers.

Guardians of the Apocalypse
Guardians of the Apocalypse
Guardians of the Apocalypse
Asteroids, supervolanoes, earthquakes, oh my... While the chances of these catastrophic events are low, the chance exists. Meet the people working to monitor, prepare, and even prevent the worst case scenario.

Asteroids, supervolanoes, earthquakes, oh my... While the chances of these catastrophic events are low, the chance exists. Meet the people working to monitor, prepare, and even prevent the worst case scenario.

Dope Science
Dope Science
Dope Science
Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing. We're exploring what this paradigm shift could mean for our health and well-being.

Decades of misinformation and bad science has distorted what we think about illicit drugs - but that's changing. We're exploring what this paradigm shift could mean for our health and well-being.

The Edge
The Edge
The Edge
Can athletes' desire for gaining a competitive edge push the future of medicine further for everyone? Learn about these latest technologies and the athletes putting them to the test in our latest series, The Edge.

Can athletes' desire for gaining a competitive edge push the future of medicine further for everyone? Learn about these latest technologies and the athletes putting them to the test in our latest series, The Edge.