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affordable 3d printer
The story of Toybox: Designing a 3D printer so simple, a kid could use it7:26
Printing toys, burning cash, and selling out on SharkTank – this is the perilous story of Toyox Labs, building 3D printers for kids.
Hack your gut microbiome, live to 110Watch
Does this group of Japanese 107-year-olds hold the key to stopping aging? Let’s explore that, with host Tom Carroll.
Extending life
Series | Heretics
“I work on dog lifespan extension”4:05
Are you ready for drugs that make you live longer?
future of agriculture
How a poker prodigy accidentally created a booming vertical farm  7:36
“Everybody says that 9 out of 10 startups fail. So my mind translates that to as, ‘I just have to start 10 companies.’”
saving coral reefs
Series | Challengers
Hacking evolution to grow super coralWatch
Coral reefs sustain life for 1 billion people around the world, but 90% will be extinct by 2050 if we don’t find a solution now.
rapid reskilling
Series | Catalysts
Reinventing your career in just 4 monthsWatch
“How do you help give people a very understandable way to take 1, 2, 3, steps to be the change that they want to be in their own lives.”
Benefits of nicotine
Series | Heretics
“I believe nicotine is good,” John Coogan for Heretics5:29
Is nicotine the stimulant of the future?
facial recognition
Facial recognition ID’s missing kids with 99.85% accuracy 7:04
This tech is identifying missing children in minutes, not weeks.
Cow burps are dangerous. Let’s hack them.Watch
Cows belch a greenhouse gas called methane, which is 30x more potent than carbon dioxide.
ocean restoration
Series | Heretics
The rogue geoengineer fertilizing the ocean with iron5:39
This eco-pirate scientist says the solution to climate change is easy & cheap – so why are governments trying to stop him?
fire suppression
Series | Hard Reset
This slime is 10x more fireproof than water8:59
A one-armed surfer invented this fireproof slime when a disaster tried to take his town.
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Most forests in the world may become fireproof in just ten years with this technology.
The case for the occult, according to alternative spirituality historian Mitch Horowitz.
Printing toys, burning cash, and selling out on SharkTank – this is the perilous story of Toybox Labs, building 3D printers for kids. We created this story in partnership with…
We recently sat down with John Coogan, founder of the controversial nicotine brand, Lucy, where he posits "nicotine is good," and may even be a better stimulant than coffee. Our…
Manual animal cloning is a tedious, time-consuming process with a 10% success rate. Researchers at Nankai University have now built a robot that can autonomously perform somatic cell nuclear transfer…
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Building a Solarpunk Future
data centers
Data centers need to be greener — Microsoft is leading the way
Microsoft’s plan for sustainable data centers includes more renewable energy, better temperature control, and new construction materials.
Climate tech is booming — and this is better news than COP26
It’s estimated that 65% of emissions reductions can be achieved by existing technologies. The other 35% will need to come from tech breakthroughs.
Coexisting with AI
digital goods
Nike is betting you’ll want to wear Air Jordans in the metaverse
Nike is laying the groundwork to begin selling digital goods in the metaverse, joining what could soon be a multibillion dollar economy.
Crypto and traditional art are merging — and the result is fantastic
The addition of a physical component could help crypto art go mainstream.
protein structures
DeepMind AI cracks the code of protein structures
A protein’s structure is crucial to its function. Predicting how a protein will fold was a challenge decades in the making — and answered by DeepMind.

We now know the big bang theory is (probably) not how the universe began

The Big Bang still happened a very long time ago, but it wasn’t the beginning we once supposed it to be.

We now know the big bang theory is (probably) not how the universe began

Hacking Biology
Scientists relieve depression with magnetic brain stimulation
Researchers at Stanford University believe they’ve developed an effective and quick-acting technique to treat challenging cases of depression — using magnetic brain stimulation.
Lizard regenerates perfect tail thanks to stem cells
A USC study that prompted lizards to regenerate tails that were “perfect” could help facilitate breakthroughs in human regeneration.
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Meet the people whose bold ideas might sound crazy… but also Just Might Work.

Harnessing Psychedelics
ketamine and virtual reality
Could VR change how you trip on ketamine? 
Virtual reality meets ketamine therapy to help treat pain, anxiety, and depression, to name a few.
mdma therapy
MDMA therapy and the promise of psychedelics
Despite years of work with a “stellar” therapist, Charlotte needed more. She turned to MDMA therapy.
Ibogaine: The psychedelic cure?
Ibogaine, an African psychedelic drug which comes from the iboga plant, is used for both religious rites and drug addiction treatment.
ayahuasca experience
One ayahuasca experience could have lasting effects on the brain
Researchers believe just one ayahuasca experience may be enough to have a lasting effect on the brain.
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Stories focused on interesting solutions to big problems. 

how to make insulin
Biohackers take aim at big pharma’s stranglehold on insulin5:55
These biohackers plan to give away their instructions for how to make insulin for free.
farming robot
Farming robot kills 100,000 weeds per hour with lasers
Carbon Robotics’ Autonomous Weeder is a smart farming robot that identifies weeds and then kills them using high-power lasers.
human longevity
Supercentenarians’ DNA reveals clues to human longevity
A human longevity study involving people over the age of 105 has found that genetic variants linked to DNA repair appear to contribute to a longer life.
Robotic dolphin
How robots could end animal captivity in zoos and marine parks7:45
Could robotic dolphins help marine parks become more humane spaces where people can learn about and connect with nature?
nuclear fusion reactor
Twisty nuclear fusion reactor gets twice as hot as the sun
Physicists optimized a nuclear fusion reactor to overcome a problem that causes heat loss and prevents the device from sustaining fusion.
tractor hacking
Series | Coded
Tractor-hacking farmers take on John Deere 5:46
Tractor hacking is a fast-growing trend in the farming community — but it’s not outsiders breaking in.
fastest internet speed
Japan breaks world record for fastest internet speed
Engineers in Japan have set a new world record for fastest internet speed — 319 Tb/s — using a specially developed fiber-optic cable.
sophia the robot
Sophia the Robot will be mass-produced this year
Hanson Robotics is going to begin mass-producing Sophia the robot in 2021, making the social robot available to help combat the pandemic.
right to repair
Series | Challengers
This DIY laptop is challenging tech giants like Apple & Microsoft6:01
Disposable tech is part of big tech’s business model. This engineer is fighting back by creating a DIY laptop anyone can repair on their own.
Prisoners will get a $2,750 check when they leave prison
A non-profit is experimenting with providing prisoners a $2,750 check when they leave prison. The goal is to reduce recidivism and help people get a fresh start.
concentrated solar power
Series | Hard Reset
How mirrors could power the planet… and prevent wars09:28
If adopted globally, concentrated solar power could make major waves in manufacturing, not to mention prevent wars over oil and mitigate climate change.