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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

Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
x-ray synchrotron
Engineering
Super Bright X-Ray Lets Doctors See the Atoms Inside Viruses
The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.
September 29, 2020

The x-ray beams produced by the Extremely Brilliant Source, a new synchrotron, are so bright, they can be used to create images with atomic-level detail.

Citizen Science
Help Scientists Figure Out Whether Brain Training Apps Work
brain training
Citizen Science
Help Scientists Figure Out Whether Brain Training Apps Work
To figure out how people might benefit from brain training apps, researchers are looking for 30,000 volunteers willing to play brain games science.
September 27, 2020

To figure out how people might benefit from brain training apps, researchers are looking for 30,000 volunteers willing to play brain games science.

Artificial Intelligence
Minecraft’s Urban Planning AI Could Help Design Future Cities
urban planning
Artificial Intelligence
Minecraft’s Urban Planning AI Could Help Design Future Cities
AIs design entire settlements in an annual Minecraft competition that could reveal uses for the tech in real-world urban planning.
September 26, 2020

AIs design entire settlements in an annual Minecraft competition that could reveal uses for the tech in real-world urban planning.

Coronavirus
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus Screen Travelers at Airport
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus
Coronavirus
Dogs That Can Smell Coronavirus Screen Travelers at Airport
Detection dogs that can smell coronavirus in a person’s sweat are now screening travelers for COVID-19 at Helsinki Airport.
September 26, 2020

Detection dogs that can smell coronavirus in a person’s sweat are now screening travelers for COVID-19 at Helsinki Airport.

Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
delivery drone
Drones
Delivery Drone Breaks Flight Record for Transporting an Organ
A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.
September 25, 2020

A MissionGO delivery drone carried a human kidney a record-breaking 10 miles, demonstrating how the devices could facilitate organ transplants.

Food
Truffle Pomme Fondue Sound Tasty? Visit This Fine-Dining Drive-Thru.
fine dining drive thru
Food
Truffle Pomme Fondue Sound Tasty? Visit This Fine-Dining Drive-Thru.
The Resy Drive-Thru could help the restaurant industry survive the pandemic by serving as a creative new revenue stream for fine-dining chefs.
September 24, 2020

The Resy Drive-Thru could help the restaurant industry survive the pandemic by serving as a creative new revenue stream for fine-dining chefs.

Coronavirus
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Final Trial Stage
Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Final Trial Stage
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the first to reach the final human trial stage, but it may have several advantages over its predecessors.
September 23, 2020

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the first to reach the final human trial stage, but it may have several advantages over its predecessors.

Astronomy
Fresh Ice Spotted In Unexpected Part of Saturn's Moon Enceladus
Enceladus
Astronomy
Fresh Ice Spotted In Unexpected Part of Saturn's Moon Enceladus
Saturn’s moon Enceladus is already suspected of hosting extraterrestrial life, and new Cassini data suggests where that life might exist.
September 23, 2020

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is already suspected of hosting extraterrestrial life, and new Cassini data suggests where that life might exist.

Computer Science
Underwater Data Center Could Lead to a More Reliable Internet
Underwater Data Center
Computer Science
Underwater Data Center Could Lead to a More Reliable Internet
After spending two years on the ocean’s floor, Microsoft’s underwater data center had a much lower server failure rate than land-based data centers.
September 22, 2020

After spending two years on the ocean’s floor, Microsoft’s underwater data center had a much lower server failure rate than land-based data centers.