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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

AI
Tom Cruise Deepfake Is the Work of a Pro VFX Artist
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AI
Tom Cruise Deepfake Is the Work of a Pro VFX Artist
The Tom Cruise deepfake featured in a series of TikToks that went viral was created by a professional VFX artist.
March 3, 2021

The Tom Cruise deepfake featured in a series of TikToks that went viral was created by a professional VFX artist.

Homelessness
A Tiny House Village for the Homeless Is Coming to Minnesota
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Homelessness
A Tiny House Village for the Homeless Is Coming to Minnesota
This tiny house village for homeless people is designed to overcome traditional shelters' limitations and help residents stay safe during the pandemic.
March 1, 2021

This tiny house village for homeless people is designed to overcome traditional shelters' limitations and help residents stay safe during the pandemic.

Health Care
“Heart in a Box” Gives 6 Kids Second Chance at Life
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Health Care
“Heart in a Box” Gives 6 Kids Second Chance at Life
For the first time, TransMedics’ “heart in a box” machine has been used to help children in need of heart transplants, with great success.
February 28, 2021

For the first time, TransMedics’ “heart in a box” machine has been used to help children in need of heart transplants, with great success.

Astronomy
Solar Probe Snaps Surprising Photo of the Surface of Venus
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Astronomy
Solar Probe Snaps Surprising Photo of the Surface of Venus
The Parker Solar Probe has taken an image of the surface of Venus that may change what we thought we knew about the planet — or possibly the probe itself.
February 28, 2021

The Parker Solar Probe has taken an image of the surface of Venus that may change what we thought we knew about the planet — or possibly the probe itself.

Apps
Your Guide to the Clubhouse App and How to Get an Invite
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Apps
Your Guide to the Clubhouse App and How to Get an Invite
The Clubhouse app is surging in popularity. Here’s what you need to know about the audio-focused social networking platform.
February 28, 2021

The Clubhouse app is surging in popularity. Here’s what you need to know about the audio-focused social networking platform.

Astronomy
See 25,000 Supermassive Black Holes in One Map of the Sky
Supermassive Black Holes
Astronomy
See 25,000 Supermassive Black Holes in One Map of the Sky
Astronomers used supercomputers and an international network of antennas to create a map of 25,000 supermassive black holes.
February 27, 2021

Astronomers used supercomputers and an international network of antennas to create a map of 25,000 supermassive black holes.

Clean Energy
Fuel Tests to Begin for World’s Largest Fusion Reactor
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Clean Energy
Fuel Tests to Begin for World’s Largest Fusion Reactor
At the JET nuclear fusion reactor, scientists are testing a fuel that could power a $25 billion nuclear fusion device.
February 27, 2021

At the JET nuclear fusion reactor, scientists are testing a fuel that could power a $25 billion nuclear fusion device.

Public Health
A New Bird Flu Is Infecting People. Here’s What We Know.
H5N8 bird flu
Public Health
A New Bird Flu Is Infecting People. Here’s What We Know.
The H5N8 bird flu virus has reportedly infected seven poultry farm workers in Russia. Here’s what we know about the new avian flu threat.
February 27, 2021

The H5N8 bird flu virus has reportedly infected seven poultry farm workers in Russia. Here’s what we know about the new avian flu threat.

Future of Cities
Futuristic City Will Be a Testbed for Robots & Autonomous Cars
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Future of Cities
Futuristic City Will Be a Testbed for Robots & Autonomous Cars
Toyota has broken ground on Woven City, a futuristic city prototype where the technologies of tomorrow can be tested en masse.
February 26, 2021

Toyota has broken ground on Woven City, a futuristic city prototype where the technologies of tomorrow can be tested en masse.