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Aerospace
SpaceX Starship SN10 Lands Successfully — Then Blows Up
SpaceX Starship SN10
Aerospace
SpaceX Starship SN10 Lands Successfully — Then Blows Up
SpaceX Starship SN10 successfully landed after a high-altitude test launch — a first for one of the massive rockets — but it blew up a few minutes later.
March 4, 2021

SpaceX Starship SN10 successfully landed after a high-altitude test launch — a first for one of the massive rockets — but it blew up a few minutes later.

Clean Energy
A New Device Can Use Your Body Heat to Increase Battery Life
body heat battery
Clean Energy
A New Device Can Use Your Body Heat to Increase Battery Life
Researchers have developed a low-cost wearable device that can turn body heat into energy — improving battery life for your essential devices.
March 2, 2021

Researchers have developed a low-cost wearable device that can turn body heat into energy — improving battery life for your essential devices.

Health Care
“Heart in a Box” Gives 6 Kids Second Chance at Life
heart in a box
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.

Cancer
Radioactive Bone Cement May Help Treat Spinal Tumors
bone cement
Cancer
Radioactive Bone Cement May Help Treat Spinal Tumors
External radiation can damage bones and cause side effects. Radioactive bone cement directly into the spine may be a better option.
February 28, 2021

External radiation can damage bones and cause side effects. Radioactive bone cement directly into the spine may be a better option.

Malaria
Cone Snail Venom May Help Treat Malaria
cone snail venom
Malaria
Cone Snail Venom May Help Treat Malaria
Clumps of infected red blood cells can make malaria dangerous even after its parasite is treated. Cone snail venom may one day help.
February 28, 2021

Clumps of infected red blood cells can make malaria dangerous even after its parasite is treated. Cone snail venom may one day help.

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
biggest fusion reactor
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.

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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 Email 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...

Made With Intel
The Future of Cancer Research
The Future of Cancer Research
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Made With 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.