Move the World

Artificial photosynthesis turns CO2 into sustainable fuel 6:41
A greener future by 2035 is in arm’s reach with this new tech decarbonizing the transportation industry.
Series | Challengers
This Gen-Z CEO is taking on the $20 billion tampon industry 6:49
Rehab, re-centering, and rebirth: it’s the true story of a Gen Z CEO who wanted to spearhead a movement for better period care.
How to build an inclusive economy 6:59
Our economy was designed to exclude and exploit people of color. These entrepreneurs are working to level the scales.
How vertical farming can save the planet and feed the world 6:04
Vertical farming is a radical new way to feed our growing population sustainably. But can it replace traditional farming?
How biomaterials could save the planet 5:21
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. But biomaterials may be the solution.
Could Gen Z close the racial wealth gap through entrepreneurship? 5:14
This American city was ranked one of the worst for the success of black-owned businesses. Can these young entrepreneurs change that?
The man hacking hot water to save the planet 5:16
The U.S. Energy Department estimates that tankless water heaters can be up to 34% more efficient than conventional storage water heaters – cutting your annual heating costs by 40%.
Series | Challengers
The plant-based startup taking on food giants 6:22
Kelp is a superfood that’s grown totally sustainable. But will people be willing to replace burgers with seaweed?
Beyond Sunday Service: How one Montgomery church is bringing health equity to their community 4:03
A grassroots approach to vaccine education is happening in the heart of the civil rights movement in Alabama. Does this church hold the key to overcoming medical mistrust?
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Building a Solarpunk Future
Building homes with hemp 6:46
Cannabis was an ancient building material. Now it’s legal again – and coming to a home near you.
These nuclear reactors can recycle radioactive waste
The future of the nuclear industry lies in developing cheaper and more nimble reactors.
Coexisting with AI
These holograms are so real you can touch them
Researchers developed hologram technology that uses air jets to create physical sensations, giving users the ability to feel virtual objects.
AI avatars bring deepfakes to the business world
A financial consulting firm has created AI avatars of its staff that can be used to quickly create deepfakes for presentations and more.
DeepMind releases massive protein structure database
DeepMind is releasing a massive database of protein structure predictions that includes all the molecules in the human proteome.
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5 recent breakthroughs that completely changed electronics

New advances like graphene and supercapacitors are gamechangers.

5 recent breakthroughs that completely changed electronics

Original Series

A show about what’s really driving today’s entrepreneurs to shape our future.

Harnessing Psychedelics
Johns Hopkins receives the first NIH grant for clinical psychedelic research in half a century
For the first time in decades, the National Institutes of Health is funding a clinical psychedelic study, perhaps a turning point for the field.
Is DMT the best new treatment for depression? 7:08
Psychedelic therapy could bring the ancient healing powers of drugs like DMT into mental health clinics.
Yale study: magic mushrooms may grow connections between brain cells
A single dose of psilocybin caused increased growth in neuron-connecting dendritic spines in mice.
Ketamine infusion: What it's like and how it works
Ketamine infusion therapy takes the anesthetic from dance floors to depression clinics. But how does the drug work, and what is it like?
Long Reads

Stories focused on interesting solutions to big problems. 

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You can now live forever. (Your AI-powered twin, that is).
Mind Bank Ai wants to create a “personal digital twin” of you to forever be around. Is AI eternity around the corner?
A major Huntington’s trial has failed. Here’s why there is still hope.
A simple genetic test can determine a person’s fate for one of the worst diseases on the planet. But research offers new hope for Huntington’s disease.
The bold plan to bring back the American chestnut
Researchers plant a small experimental orchard of hundreds of transgenic American chestnut trees near the coast of Maine, to restore the species.
Will power plants move into the cloud?
A Colorado community has become a test subject for a new approach to the power grid, called a “virtual power plant” — 27 networked smart homes, with one key feature: a common brain that, in times of crisis, can autonomously optimize energy across the neighborhood.
Will these lab-made viruses prevent a pandemic?
Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.
4 people in the world have a mysterious dementia. Could it hold a key to Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s has proved difficult to treat. But solving the mystery of this ultra-rare frontotemporal dementia may unlock new understanding.
These farmers want to salt the earth — and grow crops in it
As salt encroaches on productive agricultural land, a handful of startups are finding ways to make crops grow in seawater with genetic modification and transforming solar saltwork.
The construction robots building space colonies
Sending construction robots into outer space will help pave the way for human exploration, but there are some real challenges that lie ahead.
The next pandemic is out there. Is the private sector ready?
Johns Hopkins’ simulated, international catastrophe is helping business, government, and public health leaders improve global pandemic preparedness.
Should we genetically engineer carbon-hungry trees?
Genetically modified trees that are designed to grow faster and store more carbon could help reverse climate change.
Can seaweed save the planet?
A Maine startup is growing vast quantities of seaweed and then burying them at the bottom of the ocean to sequester carbon for carbon offsets.