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Progress Report
Ventilators, Vaccines, and Drag Queens
Ventilators, Vaccines, and Drag Queens
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Progress Report
Ventilators, Vaccines, and Drag Queens
We believe the news doesn’t have to be depressing. In fact, it should inspire people to build a better world. Watch the first episode of our new series, Progress Report.
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April 9, 2020

We believe the news doesn’t have to be depressing. In fact, it should inspire people to build a better world. That’s why we’re launching a brand new series, Progress Report, designed to shine a light on bold solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

Medical Innovation
Can Green Light Therapy Cure Chronic Pain?
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Medical Innovation
Can Green Light Therapy Cure Chronic Pain?
Scientists are finding that exposure to the color green, also known as green light therapy, could provide natural chronic pain relief.
April 6, 2020

Scientists are finding that exposure to the color green, also known as green light therapy, could provide natural chronic pain relief.

Public Health
Genetic Evidence Debunks Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Scientists Say
Could the coronavirus be man made?
Public Health
Genetic Evidence Debunks Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Scientists Say
A team of researchers analyzed the COVID-19 coronavirus. Their findings debunk the conspiracy theory that the virus was lab-made.
April 5, 2020

A team of researchers analyzed the COVID-19 coronavirus. Their findings debunk the conspiracy theory that the virus was lab-made.

Climate Change
Sending Heat to Space to Reverse Global Warming
radiative cooling
Climate Change
Sending Heat to Space to Reverse Global Warming
This high-tech material could reverse global warming by using radiative cooling to lower the Earth’s rising temperature.
April 5, 2020

This high-tech material could reverse global warming by using radiative cooling to lower the Earth’s rising temperature.

Climate Change
A New Approach to Green Building Could Reverse Climate Change
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Climate Change
A New Approach to Green Building Could Reverse Climate Change
The building sector is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. But new research suggests that trend could stop, and even reverse because of a new type of green building.
April 2, 2020

The building sector is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. But new research suggests that trend could stop, and even reverse because of a new type of green building.

Dope Science
The Case for Love-Enhancing Drugs
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Dope Science
The Case for Love-Enhancing Drugs
Drugs don’t just affect the user; they shape relationships too. And a pair of bioethicists thinks we should consider them for relationship enhancement.
March 30, 2020

Drugs don’t just affect the user; they shape relationships too. And a pair of bioethicists thinks we should consider them for relationship enhancement.

Medical Innovation
Forget Needles - This Thin Strip May Improve Access to Vaccinations
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Medical Innovation
Forget Needles - This Thin Strip May Improve Access to Vaccinations
Temperature stable vaccinations could change how we store and transport life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.
March 29, 2020

Temperature stable vaccinations could change how we store and transport life-saving medicine to the places that need it most.

Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
gain of function mutation
Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.
March 28, 2020

Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.

Public Health
A List of the Coronavirus Symptoms, and When to See a Doctor
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Public Health
A List of the Coronavirus Symptoms, and When to See a Doctor
Here is the latest information on coronavirus symptoms and how to distinguish COVID-19 from allergies, the flu, or a common cold.
March 26, 2020

Here is the latest information on coronavirus symptoms and how to distinguish COVID-19 from allergies, the flu, or a common cold.

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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

Subscribe for More Stories From the Digital Detectives Series Subscribe 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...

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,...

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...

Growing Food with Seawater
Growing Food with Seawater
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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.