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Kristin Houser

Kristin Houser

Kristin Houser is a staff writer at Freethink, where she covers science and tech. Her written work has appeared in Business Insider, NBC News, and the World Economic Forum’s Agenda, among other publications, and Stephen Colbert once talked about a piece on The Late Show, to her delight.

Prior to joining Freethink, Kristin was a staff writer for Futurism and wrote several animated and live action web series.

Recent Work by Author

Genetics
Supercentenarians’ DNA Reveals Clues to Human Longevity
human longevity
Genetics
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.
May 14, 2021

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.

Neuroscience
New Brain-Computer Interface Turns Mental Handwriting Into Text
new brain-computer interface
Neuroscience
New Brain-Computer Interface Turns Mental Handwriting Into Text
A new brain-computer interface translated a paralyzed man’s “mental handwriting” into text on a computer screen.
May 14, 2021

A new brain-computer interface translated a paralyzed man’s “mental handwriting” into text on a computer screen.

Apps
How a Smartphone App is Helping Suppress HIV
HIV app
Apps
How a Smartphone App is Helping Suppress HIV
An HIV app that uses gaming elements to motivate people to stick to their ART regimen was able to increase viral suppression in a small study.
May 13, 2021

An HIV app that uses gaming elements to motivate people to stick to their ART regimen was able to increase viral suppression in a small study.

Entertainment
How Will Movie Theaters Survive Post-Pandemic?
Chance the Rapper concert film
Entertainment
How Will Movie Theaters Survive Post-Pandemic?
Chicago musician Chance the Rapper is releasing his new concert film, “Magnificent Coloring World,” exclusively through AMC Theatres.
May 12, 2021

Chicago musician Chance the Rapper is releasing his new concert film, “Magnificent Coloring World,” exclusively through AMC Theatres.

Biology
“Octopus Vision” May Help Prevent Human Blindness
macular degeneration risk
Biology
“Octopus Vision” May Help Prevent Human Blindness
A new medical device that gives optometrists a fast, easy way to monitor a key macular degeneration risk factor was inspired by octopus vision.
May 12, 2021

A new medical device that gives optometrists a fast, easy way to monitor a key macular degeneration risk factor was inspired by octopus vision.

3D Printing
Startup Turns Sawdust “Ink” into 3D Printed Wood
3d printed wood
3D Printing
Startup Turns Sawdust “Ink” into 3D Printed Wood
Massachusetts startup Forust can make 3D printed wood with a natural-looking grain out of two wood waste products: sawdust and lignin.
May 11, 2021

Massachusetts startup Forust can make 3D printed wood with a natural-looking grain out of two wood waste products: sawdust and lignin.

Biology
New Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Labor
blood test for onset of labor
Biology
New Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Labor
Stanford University researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers that can be used to predict the onset of labor in pregnant women.
May 11, 2021

Stanford University researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers that can be used to predict the onset of labor in pregnant women.

VR
World’s First VR Opera to Open in London
VR opera
VR
World’s First VR Opera to Open in London
“Current, Rising,” the world’s first VR opera, promises to immerse audiences in a “hyper-reality” made possible by technology.
May 10, 2021

“Current, Rising,” the world’s first VR opera, promises to immerse audiences in a “hyper-reality” made possible by technology.

Astronomy
Algorithm Quickly Simulates Massive Universes in High-Res
cosmological simulations
Astronomy
Algorithm Quickly Simulates Massive Universes in High-Res
A new algorithm lets astrophysicists produce high-res cosmological simulations of large parts of the universe far more quickly than was previously possible.
May 9, 2021

A new algorithm lets astrophysicists produce high-res cosmological simulations of large parts of the universe far more quickly than was previously possible.