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Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Go Deeper
Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe spinal cord injuries resulting in total paralysis are usually considered permanent, with no hope of recovery. And yet, in a handful of patients spanning multiple levels of severity, movement is being regained.
By B. David Zarley
August 14, 2019

Severe spinal cord injuries resulting in total paralysis are usually considered permanent, with no hope of recovery. And yet, in a handful of patients spanning multiple levels of severity, movement is being regained.

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Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
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Spinal Implants: Helping the Paralyzed Walk Again
Walking after complete spinal cord injury used to be a far-fetched dream. But, with advances in spinal cord implants for paralysis, even paraplegics have been able to regain mobility and walk again.
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August 14, 2019

Spinal implants hold an incredible promise to help cure paralysis caused by severe spinal cord injuries. Meet the scientists and patients doing the impossible.

A Spinal Cord Research Breakthrough

Dr. Susan Harkema and her team at Kentucky Spinal Cord and Research Center at the University of Louisville believe everything we thought about the spinal cord is wrong. We always thought that it was simply a conduit for messages from the…

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
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…

A New Reality
How to Spot a Deepfake
How to Spot a Deepfake
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A New Reality
How to Spot a Deepfake

Is artificial intelligence the key to knowing what’s real?

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August 10, 2019

Deepfake videos use video manipulation to show people saying and doing things they never have. These engineers are using blockchain technology to separate fact from fiction.

Deepfakes, fake videos generated using artificial intelligence technology, could be the next frontier in misinformation. While news video has historically been the gold standard of veracity, an era where video can be easily created could further erode trust in information and media. Deepfakes of…

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Wearable Robotic Suits Could Be Coming to a Store Near You
Wearable Robotic Suits Could Be Coming to a Store Near You
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Wearable Robotic Suits Could Be Coming to a Store Near You
What can lift 500 pounds in each hand, walk for miles and miles with a heavy load, or leap over obstacles in a single bound? Humans - with the help of wearable robotics.
By Teresa Carey
August 7, 2019

What can lift 500 pounds in each hand, walk for miles and miles with a heavy load, or leap over obstacles in a single bound?

Humans - with the help of wearable robotics.

Alan Asbeck anticipates in less than a decade, everyone will have seen somebody donned in a robot suit.

“I've wished I had one when moving from house to house or when shoveling snow,” he said.

Asbeck is…

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The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
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The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.
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August 7, 2019

How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.

In a weird way, it’s a good time to be paralyzed

Adam Gorlitsky

Adam was paralyzed from the waist down in a terrible wreck and thought his track and field days were over. But once approved for an experimental exoskeleton, he gained the ability to walk again and decided to start…

Innovation
How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World
How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World
Innovation
How the Technology Behind Deepfakes Can Help Us Create a Better World

Deepfakes have ignited fierce media criticism and call into question the public’s ability to discern fact from fiction. But the…

By Jackie Snow
July 24, 2019

Deepfakes have ignited fierce media criticism and call into question the public’s ability to discern fact from fiction. But the technology behind Deepfakes, called GANs, has enormous potential to drive innovation beyond fake social media videos. Read more to find out some of the amazing things being done with this technology.

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…

Disease X
Preparing for Outbreak: Fighting the World's Deadliest Diseases
Preparing for Outbreak: Fighting the World's Deadliest Diseases
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Disease X
Preparing for Outbreak: Fighting the World's Deadliest Diseases

The World Health Organization has compiled a list of the most dangerous diseases that could strike next year.

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June 29, 2019

Recently the media was abuzz with talk of ‘Disease X,’ a mysterious illness that could spread across the world. And then...nothing happened. It turns out that people had misinterpreted the World Health Organization’s List of Blueprint priority diseases, which identifies the world’s most dangerous diseases in terms of potential for outbreaks or epidemics. There are diseases that are already known - like Ebola, MERS or SARS - and then a…