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Kristin Houser

Kristin Houser is a staff writer at Freethink.

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Aerospace
“Crew Dragon” Launch to Kick Off New Era in US Spaceflight
Crew Dragon
Aerospace
“Crew Dragon” Launch to Kick Off New Era in US Spaceflight
On May 27, a SpaceX Crew Dragon will ferry two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Crew Program.
May 25, 2020

On May 27, a SpaceX Crew Dragon will ferry two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

New Normal
Virtual Reality Meetings Are the New Zoom
Virtual Reality Meetings
New Normal
Virtual Reality Meetings Are the New Zoom
If you’re sick of video conferencing, you can now access Spatial’s platform for virtual reality meetings for free and without a headset.
May 24, 2020

If you’re sick of video conferencing, you can now access Spatial’s platform for virtual reality meetings for free and without a headset.

Public Health
Is It Safe to Hang out With Friends Now?
Is It Safe to Hang out With Friends yet
Public Health
Is It Safe to Hang out With Friends Now?
As more states ease up on lockdown restrictions, many of us are asking: is it safe to hang out with friends now? Here's everything you need to know.
May 24, 2020

As more states ease up on lockdown restrictions, many of us are asking: is it safe to hang out with friends now? Here's everything you need to know.

Neuroscience
"Off-Switch" in Mouse Brains Offers New Hope for Pain Relief
Pain Relief
Neuroscience
"Off-Switch" in Mouse Brains Offers New Hope for Pain Relief
A newly discovered part of the mouse brain appears to naturally stop pain processing, and it could lead to more robust pain relief options in the future.
May 23, 2020

A newly discovered part of the mouse brain appears to naturally stop pain processing, and it could lead to more robust pain relief options in the future.

Public Health
Children and Seniors to Join Oxford’s Coronavirus Vaccine Trial
Coronavirus Vaccine Trial
Public Health
Children and Seniors to Join Oxford’s Coronavirus Vaccine Trial
Oxford University is enrolling people older than 70 and children between the ages of 5 and 12 in a Phase 2 coronavirus vaccine trial.
May 23, 2020

Oxford University is enrolling people older than 70 and children between the ages of 5 and 12 in a Phase 2 coronavirus vaccine trial.

Public Health
Relaunching the NBA, Repairing Medical Devices, and More COVID-19 Updates
coronavirus news
Public Health
Relaunching the NBA, Repairing Medical Devices, and More COVID-19 Updates
In our weekly news roundup, we take you inside the fight against COVID-19 to explore the solutions on the frontlines of an unprecedented global response.
May 22, 2020

In our weekly news roundup, we take you inside the fight against COVID-19 to explore the solutions on the frontlines of an unprecedented global response.

Public Health
Virus-Repellent Coating Could Help End the PPE Shortage
PPE shortage
Public Health
Virus-Repellent Coating Could Help End the PPE Shortage
Researchers have created a virus-repellent coating for fabric that could help end the PPE shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 21, 2020

Researchers have created a virus-repellent coating for fabric that could help end the PPE shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robotics
This AI Robot Could Become Your Favorite Coworker
AI Robot
Robotics
This AI Robot Could Become Your Favorite Coworker
European researchers have developed an AI robot to safely work alongside humans, anticipating their needs and providing a strong pair of extra hands.
May 20, 2020

European researchers have developed an AI robot to safely work alongside humans, anticipating their needs and providing a strong pair of extra hands.

Video Games
A Talk Show in “Animal Crossing” Is Drawing Big-Name Guests
animal crossing Talk Show
Video Games
A Talk Show in “Animal Crossing” Is Drawing Big-Name Guests
“Animal Talking” — a late-night talk show set in the video game “Animal Crossing” — landed several big-name guests in its first few weeks of streaming.
May 19, 2020

“Animal Talking” — a late-night talk show set in the video game “Animal Crossing” — landed several big-name guests in its first few weeks of streaming.