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Citizen Scientists
NASA Wants YOU to Help Track Landslides
NASA Wants YOU to Help Track Landslides
Citizen Scientists
NASA Wants YOU to Help Track Landslides
NASA is enlisting citizen scientists to collect important data on recent landslides, in an effort to improve prediction models and assist in disaster prevention.
November 21, 2019

NASA is enlisting citizen scientists to collect important data on recent landslides, in an effort to improve prediction models and assist in disaster prevention.

Uprising
Robots for Autism Teach Human Emotion
Robots for Autism Teach Human Emotion
Uprising
Robots for Autism Teach Human Emotion
Meet the classroom assistant of the future, a robot for autism therapy that’s teaching special needs students about empathy and emotions.
By Teresa Carey
November 20, 2019

Meet the classroom assistant of the future, a robot for autism therapy that’s teaching special needs students about empathy and emotions.

Future of Medicine
Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Breast Cancer Screening
Scientists Are Using AI to Improve Breast Cancer Screening
Future of Medicine
Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Breast Cancer Screening
Computer scientists at MIT created a new algorithm for breast cancer screening to predict whether a patient will develop the disease in the next 5 years.
November 19, 2019

Computer scientists at MIT created a new algorithm for breast cancer screening to predict whether a patient will develop the disease in the next 5 years.

A Greener Future
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
A Greener Future
A “Death-Ray” for Weeds Could Replace Chemical Weed Killers
Dr. Graham Brodie of the University of Melbourne is working on a device for zapping stubborn weeds with microwaves.
November 14, 2019

Dr. Graham Brodie of the University of Melbourne is working on a device for zapping stubborn weeds with microwaves.

Uprising
These Search and Rescue Robots Could Save Your Life
search and rescue robots
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Uprising
These Search and Rescue Robots Could Save Your Life
These robots can lift heavy objects, crawl through rugged terrain, and climb challenging structures to save lives. But search and rescue robots won’t be rendering human first responders obsolete anytime soon. They’re designed to assist and protect them from unnecessary harm.
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November 12, 2019

These robots can lift heavy objects, crawl through rugged terrain, and climb challenging structures to save lives. But search and rescue robots won’t be rendering human first responders obsolete anytime soon. They’re designed to assist and protect them from unnecessary harm.

Interstellar
How to Talk to Aliens
How to Talk to Aliens
Interstellar
How to Talk to Aliens
Let's imagine aliens exist. You have the extraordinary task of crafting a message that they might conceivably understand. How would you do it? And what would you say? Daniel Oberhaus has a few ideas.
By Tien Nguyen
October 31, 2019

Let's imagine aliens exist. You have the extraordinary task of crafting a message that they might conceivably understand. How would you do it? And what would you say? Daniel Oberhaus has a few ideas.

Seachange
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
Seachange
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
With the weather and ice data from old ship’s logs, Dr. Kevin Wood realized it was possible to reconstruct the history of sea ice in the Arctic to better understand climate change.
By Teresa Carey
October 29, 2019

With the weather and ice data from old ship’s logs, Dr. Kevin Wood realized it was possible to reconstruct the history of sea ice in the Arctic to better understand climate change.

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Future Forward
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
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Future Forward
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
The Northern white rhino is functionally extinct, meaning the two living females of the species are infertile. This scientist from the San Diego Zoo may have the solution to save the last of this extinct species, by tapping into her frozen zoo.
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August 13, 2019

The Northern White Rhino is functionally extinct - but scientists at the San Diego Zoo are launching an unprecedented effort to recreate the species and save it from extinction. The earth is undergoing an unprecedented wave of extinctions, with estimates that between 200 and 2,000 species go extinct every day. One on the brink is the Northern White Rhinoceros, which after waves of poaching only has two known members in the...

Digital Detectives
Keeper of the Missing
Keeper of the Missing
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Digital Detectives
Keeper of the Missing
One woman is tracking thousands of missing people. Autism is her superpower.
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July 5, 2019

Meaghan Good has made it her life’s mission to track missing people. She runs The Charley Project, an important database compiling information on thousands of missing persons cases in one place. Growing up with autism, Meaghan was bullied at school and dropped out at an early age. She credits her autism with providing a singular focus, which in her case centered around true crime and unsolved cases of missing and exploited...

Intel
The Future of Cancer Research
The Future of Cancer Research
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Intel
The Future of Cancer Research
Intel's Bryce Olson used genomic sequencing to help fight his cancer. Now he’s helping researchers use artificial intelligence to discover entirely new cancer treatments.
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September 17, 2018

Intel employee Bryce Olson was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. When the standard of care didn’t work, Bryce turned to genomic sequencing which allowed his doctors to identify specific genetic drivers of his disease and specific treatments and clinical trials that were a fit for his cancer. This precision medicine approach helped send his cancer into remission for several years. Now that his cancer has returned,...

Science
Making Tumors Glow to Improve Cancer Surgery
Making Tumors Glow to Improve Cancer Surgery
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Making Tumors Glow to Improve Cancer Surgery
This surgeon is improving surgery by lighting up cancer cells.
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December 14, 2018

This surgeon, Dr. Sunil Singhal, is making tumors glow to help doctors ensure they have removed all of the cancer cells at the surgery site. Completely removing cancer tumors can be difficult, and if a small amount remains, the cancer can recur. Sunil, the director of the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, came up with the idea of using glowing tumors to advance cancer surgery after an...

Science
Growing Food with Seawater
Growing Food with Seawater
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Science
Growing Food with Seawater
This designer invented a greenhouse that lets you grow food with seawater.
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November 13, 2018

Water is in short supply in much of the world — but what if we use seawater? It’s been a dream for years, but now technology is making it possible. This new seawater greenhouse uses a clever cardboard design to distill fresh water from salt water cheaply and efficiently. It’s helping grow crops in Somaliland, and could help stop the water crisis in Africa and other parts of the world that are susceptible to drought. The...

Superhuman
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
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Superhuman
These Gloves Can Teach You to Play the Piano. And Maybe Heal Your Brain.
Through "passive haptic learning", these gloves can teach you how to play the piano in an hour. Braille in four hours. Now researchers want to see if victims of traumatic brain injuries can use these gloves to re-learn critical skills.
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May 8, 2018

Georgia Tech researchers Thad Starner and Caitlyn Seim have developed a pair of gloves for playing piano that can magically get you up to speed in just an hour. They've also taught blind people to read braille in four hours, a process that usually takes up to four months. The gloves work through a process called passive haptic learning, and is another great discovery from Georgia Tech researchers. Basically, they vibrate in...

DIY
The Homemade Internet Service
The Homemade Internet Service
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DIY
The Homemade Internet Service
We all get tired of our internet service. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service?
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February 12, 2018

We all get tired of our internet service. Too expensive, too slow, too many lost signals. But what if instead of just restarting your router, you started your own internet service? Sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what one man did.

DIY
Electrifying Classic Cars
Electrifying Classic Cars
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DIY
Electrifying Classic Cars
Starting with the classics, this unique shop is converting existing cars into all-electric road warriors.
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January 29, 2018

When people think about electric cars, sleek, new models usually come to mind. To be sure, they’re incredible feats of engineering. But what about the millions of cars already on the road? Enter EV West. Starting with the classics, this unique shop is converting existing cars into all-electric road warriors. And potentially reinventing the electric car landscape in the process. We visited to see them in action in our latest...

Superhuman
3-D Printing Prosthetics for Kids
3-D Printing Prosthetics for Kids
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Superhuman
3-D Printing Prosthetics for Kids
The incredible movement of shared designs and tech that’s making prosthetics better and cheaper for everyone.
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October 2, 2017

Powered by 3D printer technology, people are making prosthetics at a fraction of the cost. Watch this episode of “Superhuman” for the story of how e-NABLE, an online network of volunteers, has created 3,000 bionic hands for people in need (mostly kids) across 90 countries.