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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

Medicine
Two Opposite Kinds of Stroke. One Promising Treatment.
stroke treatment
Medicine
Two Opposite Kinds of Stroke. One Promising Treatment.
A new stroke treatment could give doctors a way to help victims sooner, improving their chances of avoiding permanent brain damage.
June 17, 2021

A new stroke treatment could give doctors a way to help victims sooner, improving their chances of avoiding permanent brain damage.

Biology
3D-Printed Liver Tissue May Be First Step to Lab-Grown Organs
tissue engineering
Biology
3D-Printed Liver Tissue May Be First Step to Lab-Grown Organs
A NASA challenge designed to accelerate tissue engineering has announced two winning teams, both of which used 3D bioprinting to create human liver tissue.
June 16, 2021

A NASA challenge designed to accelerate tissue engineering has announced two winning teams, both of which used 3D bioprinting to create human liver tissue.

Neurodiversity
Flickering Screens Help Kids With Reading Disabilities
reading disabilities
Neurodiversity
Flickering Screens Help Kids With Reading Disabilities
Adding visual white noise to computer screens appears to help children with reading disabilities read and recall words written on them.
June 15, 2021

Adding visual white noise to computer screens appears to help children with reading disabilities read and recall words written on them.

Neuroscience
Neck-Zapping Device Helps Sleep-Deprived Soldiers Think
vagus nerve stimulation
Neuroscience
Neck-Zapping Device Helps Sleep-Deprived Soldiers Think
A handheld device that delivers vagus nerve stimulation was shown to combat the effect of sleep deprivation in soldiers.
June 13, 2021

A handheld device that delivers vagus nerve stimulation was shown to combat the effect of sleep deprivation in soldiers.

The Future Explored
Ion Propulsion Will Power New Space Station
ion propulsion
The Future Explored
Ion Propulsion Will Power New Space Station
China's new space station will get a boost from an ion propulsion system, making it the first crewed spacecraft to feature the sci-fi-sounding engines.
June 13, 2021

China's new space station will get a boost from an ion propulsion system, making it the first crewed spacecraft to feature the sci-fi-sounding engines.

Astronomy
Astronomers Find More Than 100,000 “Stellar Nurseries”
stellar nurseries
Astronomy
Astronomers Find More Than 100,000 “Stellar Nurseries”
The biggest survey of stellar nurseries to date, PHANGS-ALMA, charts more than 100,000 star formation regions across our corner of the universe.
June 13, 2021

The biggest survey of stellar nurseries to date, PHANGS-ALMA, charts more than 100,000 star formation regions across our corner of the universe.

Blockchain
Volcanoes to Power Bitcoin Mining in El Salvador
bitcoin mining el salvador
Blockchain
Volcanoes to Power Bitcoin Mining in El Salvador
Now that bitcoin is legal tender in El Salvador, the nation is working to power bitcoin mining facilities with geothermal energy harnessed from volcanoes.
June 13, 2021

Now that bitcoin is legal tender in El Salvador, the nation is working to power bitcoin mining facilities with geothermal energy harnessed from volcanoes.

Aerospace
NASA Probe Snaps Stunning Photos of Ganymede
Ganymede photos
Aerospace
NASA Probe Snaps Stunning Photos of Ganymede
NASA has shared new photos of Ganymede taken by the Juno probe when it was just 645 miles away from Jupiter’s icy moon.
June 12, 2021

NASA has shared new photos of Ganymede taken by the Juno probe when it was just 645 miles away from Jupiter’s icy moon.

Inventions
Blood Test Can Quickly Tell if a Targeted Cancer Therapy Works
targeted cancer therapy
Inventions
Blood Test Can Quickly Tell if a Targeted Cancer Therapy Works
The ExoSCOPE blood test can determine with 95% accuracy whether a targeted cancer therapy is working within 24 hours of administration.
June 12, 2021

The ExoSCOPE blood test can determine with 95% accuracy whether a targeted cancer therapy is working within 24 hours of administration.