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Kristin Houser

Kristin Houser

Kristin Houser is a staff writer at Freethink.

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Aerospace
Scientists Find a New Way to Detect Space Junk Orbiting Earth
Space Junk
Aerospace
Scientists Find a New Way to Detect Space Junk Orbiting Earth
A new technique for tracking space junk with lasers works during daylight hours — making previously “invisible” space debris visible.
August 11, 2020

A new technique for tracking space junk with lasers works during daylight hours — making previously “invisible” space debris visible.

Neuroscience
Nerve-Stimulating Earbud Could Accelerate Language Learning
Vagus Nerve Stimulation Device
Neuroscience
Nerve-Stimulating Earbud Could Accelerate Language Learning
A non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation device can make language learning easier — and it might help with other types of learning, too.
August 10, 2020

A non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation device can make language learning easier — and it might help with other types of learning, too.

Accessibility
Blind YouTuber Shows Tech Industry How to Be More Inclusive
assistive technology
Accessibility
Blind YouTuber Shows Tech Industry How to Be More Inclusive
Visually impaired YouTuber Kristy Viers has created a channel where she demonstrates the assistive technology features on her devices.
August 9, 2020

Visually impaired YouTuber Kristy Viers has created a channel where she demonstrates the assistive technology features on her devices.

Coronavirus
Designer Antibodies Could Help Treat and Prevent COVID-19
Designer Antibodies
Coronavirus
Designer Antibodies Could Help Treat and Prevent COVID-19
A pair of new trials will test the ability of designer antibodies to not only treat COVID-19, but also potentially prevent coronavirus infections.
August 7, 2020

A pair of new trials will test the ability of designer antibodies to not only treat COVID-19, but also potentially prevent coronavirus infections.

Oceans
Divers Remove Wildlife-Killing “Ghost Nets” From Shipwreck
Ghost Nets
Oceans
Divers Remove Wildlife-Killing “Ghost Nets” From Shipwreck
The Healthy Seas initiative removes wildlife-killing “ghost nets” from the ocean so that they can be recycled into useful Econyl yarn.
August 7, 2020

The Healthy Seas initiative removes wildlife-killing “ghost nets” from the ocean so that they can be recycled into useful Econyl yarn.

Aerospace
A Sunblock to Save Martian Explorers from Radiation in Space
Radiation in Space
Aerospace
A Sunblock to Save Martian Explorers from Radiation in Space
Radiation in space is a major threat to astronauts’ health, but a new biomaterial could make space exploration a little less dangerous by blocking x-rays.
August 6, 2020

Radiation in space is a major threat to astronauts’ health, but a new biomaterial could make space exploration a little less dangerous by blocking x-rays.

Agriculture
Afghan Farmers Use Solar Panels to Grow Food — and Opium
Afghan Farmers Solar Panels Opium
Agriculture
Afghan Farmers Use Solar Panels to Grow Food — and Opium
Farmers in Afghanistan are taking advantage of cheap solar panels to power the water pumps they use to irrigate crops for food and opium production.
August 6, 2020

Farmers in Afghanistan are taking advantage of cheap solar panels to power the water pumps they use to irrigate crops for food and opium production.

Computer Science
Is Quantum Hacking the Biggest Threat to Encryption?
Quantum Hacking
Computer Science
Is Quantum Hacking the Biggest Threat to Encryption?
While some security experts prepare for quantum hacking, others argue that the EARN IT Act is the threat to encryption we need to address right now.
August 5, 2020

While some security experts prepare for quantum hacking, others argue that the EARN IT Act is the threat to encryption we need to address right now.

Aerospace
See Prototype of Mars-Bound Starship Take Its First “Hop”
Starship test flight
Aerospace
See Prototype of Mars-Bound Starship Take Its First “Hop”
The first Starship test flight was a success, with the massive SpaceX rocket lifting off from a base in Texas and landing less than a minute later.
August 5, 2020

The first Starship test flight was a success, with the massive SpaceX rocket lifting off from a base in Texas and landing less than a minute later.