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Can we treat opioid addiction with implants? There’s no silver bullet for America’s opioid abuse problem, but a new clinical trial suggests some simple, novel solutions are on the way: “In a 15-minute in-office visit, a doctor will insert four white, tube-like flexible implants into a patient’s upper arm. Those implants are each the size of a matchstick and will drip-feed Buprenorphine directly into the bloodstream and up to the brain. The drug will then fasten onto the same neural receptors triggered by heroin or prescription narcotic painkiller use, effectively curbing one's desire to get high.”

Better haircuts thanks to virtual reality: Virtual reality startup 8i (which you can learn about in a forthcoming Freethink episode!) is about to change how hair stylists learn their craft: “The VR experience features two photo-realistic humans—a stylist and a client—in a 360-degree environment. Students can step into the hairdressers' shoes, and shift position in the virtual salon to watch from any angle.”

Google’s AI wants you to respect its privacy: “Googlers Martín Abadi and David G. Andersen have willingly allowed three test subjects -- neural networks named Alice, Bob and Eve -- to pass each other notes using an encryption method they created themselves.” Good thing Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil.”

Live sports through Amazon Prime are on the way: The company is “in talks” with the NBA, the MLB, the NFL, and others about the possibility of a streaming service for Prime members.

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#FIXINGJUSTICE - Policing
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George Floyd Protests
#FIXINGJUSTICE - Policing
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The George Floyd protests remained largely peaceful in these cities, with protestors and law enforcement occasionally even standing shoulder to shoulder.

Public Health
US’s First Drive-Thru Coronavirus Clinic Opens in Seattle
drive-thru coronavirus clinic
Public Health
US’s First Drive-Thru Coronavirus Clinic Opens in Seattle
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A Seattle hospital system has opened a drive-thru coronavirus clinic, a place where people can be tested for COVID-19 without leaving their cars.

Catalysts
These Top Chefs are Helping End Child Hunger in the U.S.
Chefs work together to end child hunger.
Catalysts
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A group of culinary professionals in Chicago is volunteering their talents to end child hunger in the US, and some are going all the way to Capitol Hill.

#FIXINGJUSTICE - SENTENCING REFORM
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
#FIXINGJUSTICE - SENTENCING REFORM
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
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DeVitta Briscoe never had a chance to request a lighter sentence for the man who shot her son.

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
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Miriam Krinsky
#fixingjustice - Prosecution
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Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate,...

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Longreads
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Why Are Unsolved Murders on the Rise?
Longreads
Why Are Unsolved Murders on the Rise?
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The evidence suggests that most murderers get away with it. Here's what we can do about that.

Dispatches
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
Dispatches
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
Researchers at Cambridge University have finally figured out how the brain stops stressful thoughts and memories...

Researchers at Cambridge University have finally figured out how the brain stops stressful thoughts and memories from taking over our minds.

Crossing the Divide
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Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
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By Michael O'Shea

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Rise
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The Untold Story of Rio’s Largest Favela
Rise
The Untold Story of Rio’s Largest Favela
Meet the proud, hopeful, ambitious people determined to build the life they’ve dreamed of.
By Michael O'Shea

Meet the proud, hopeful, ambitious people determined to build the life they’ve dreamed of.