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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

Apps
App Helps Families Know What To Do When Someone Dies
What To Do When Someone Dies
Apps
App Helps Families Know What To Do When Someone Dies
The Empathy app is designed to help grieving families know what to do when someone dies and then actually guide them through the tasks, step by step.
April 15, 2021

The Empathy app is designed to help grieving families know what to do when someone dies and then actually guide them through the tasks, step by step.

Clean Energy
Human Hair Makes Perovskite Solar Cells More Efficient
Perovskite Solar Cells
Clean Energy
Human Hair Makes Perovskite Solar Cells More Efficient
Perovskite solar cells featuring a layer of carbon nanodots made from human hair were more efficient and stable than those without the dots.
April 14, 2021

Perovskite solar cells featuring a layer of carbon nanodots made from human hair were more efficient and stable than those without the dots.

Clean Energy
Artificial Photosynthesis Machine Improves Itself Over Time
artificial photosynthesis
Clean Energy
Artificial Photosynthesis Machine Improves Itself Over Time
An artificial photosynthesis device that gets more efficient with time could finally allow us to harness solar energy for uses beyond electricity.
April 11, 2021

An artificial photosynthesis device that gets more efficient with time could finally allow us to harness solar energy for uses beyond electricity.

Medicine
New Oral Insulin Tech Replaces Needles With Nanoparticles
oral insulin
Medicine
New Oral Insulin Tech Replaces Needles With Nanoparticles
If the success of a new oral insulin delivery system in rats translates to people, it could entice more diabetics to pursue insulin therapy.
April 11, 2021

If the success of a new oral insulin delivery system in rats translates to people, it could entice more diabetics to pursue insulin therapy.

Mental Health
Game Triggers Auditory Hallucinations in Mice and People
auditory hallucinations
Mental Health
Game Triggers Auditory Hallucinations in Mice and People
An experimental game that triggers auditory hallucinations in both mice and humans could lead to new treatments for schizophrenia.
April 11, 2021

An experimental game that triggers auditory hallucinations in both mice and humans could lead to new treatments for schizophrenia.

Aerospace
Can Hall Thruster Tech Cut the Cost of Space Exploration?
hall thruster
Aerospace
Can Hall Thruster Tech Cut the Cost of Space Exploration?
The spacecraft NASA is sending to study the Psyche asteroid will be powered by Hall thruster technology — marking its first use for deep space exploration.
April 10, 2021

The spacecraft NASA is sending to study the Psyche asteroid will be powered by Hall thruster technology — marking its first use for deep space exploration.

Aerospace
Will the Next Space Station Be Made of Fabric?
inflatable space habitat
Aerospace
Will the Next Space Station Be Made of Fabric?
NASA is considering an inflatable space habitat designed by Sierra Nevada Corporation as a potential space station of the future.
April 10, 2021

NASA is considering an inflatable space habitat designed by Sierra Nevada Corporation as a potential space station of the future.

Brain
Injectable “Glue” Helps Heal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain
Injectable “Glue” Helps Heal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats
By injecting a “brain glue” into rats, researchers were able to speed up their recovery after a traumatic brain injury.
April 10, 2021

By injecting a “brain glue” into rats, researchers were able to speed up their recovery after a traumatic brain injury.

Robotics
Robot Dog Helps Military Students “Survive” Combat Training
military robot
Robotics
Robot Dog Helps Military Students “Survive” Combat Training
A military school recently used Spot, a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, during combat training exercises.
April 10, 2021

A military school recently used Spot, a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, during combat training exercises.