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AI Will Make You Smarter
AI Will Make You Smarter
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AI Will Make You Smarter
Artificial intelligence will multiply your own intelligence, in ways that will surprise you.
By Terrence Sejnowski
October 23, 2018

Artificial intelligence will multiply your own intelligence, in ways that will surprise you.

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AI Could Replace Chemical Testing on Animals
AI Could Replace Chemical Testing on Animals
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AI Could Replace Chemical Testing on Animals
Scientists have developed software that could save one billion dollars (and two million animals) each year.
By Thomas Hartung
August 3, 2018

Scientists have developed software that could save one billion dollars (and two million animals) each year.

Science
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves. What Does...
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves. What Does That Mean for Research?
Science
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves. What Does...
For the first time, a lab-grown mini brain has brain waves. Researchers can now launch new ways to study brain disorders. But the question of consciousness in the brain-like organoid could raise concern.
By Teresa Carey
September 11, 2019

For the first time, a lab-grown mini brain has brain waves. Researchers can now launch new ways to study brain disorders. But the question of consciousness in the brain-like organoid could raise concern.

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Mental Training Can Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries (and Reduce Depression)
Mental Training Can Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries (and Reduce Depression)
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Mental Training Can Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries (and Reduce Depression)
Millions of people are dealing with traumatic head injuries; brain scans show that cognitive training could actually repair damaged neural…
By Dan Bier
June 6, 2018

Millions of people are dealing with traumatic head injuries; brain scans show that cognitive training could actually repair damaged neural connections.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the...
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the Unexplainable
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the...
A step forward for space tourism, extreme poverty could be on its way out, and illustrating advanced tech. These are…
By Mike Riggs
October 8, 2016

A step forward for space tourism, extreme poverty could be on its way out, and illustrating advanced tech. These are our favorite stories of the week.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a...
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a Miracle Cure Derailed
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a...
From how to make good habits (and keep them) to a crisis at the NIH, it's a new edition of…
By Mike Riggs
January 20, 2017

From how to make good habits (and keep them) to a crisis at the NIH, it's a new edition of our week in ideas.

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Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
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Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?
By Erin Young
October 26, 2018

Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?

Coded
From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
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From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
The story of how Charlie Shrem built his business as a Bitcoin pioneer, lost it all, and is now clawing…
By Michael O'Shea
February 21, 2017

The story of how Charlie Shrem built his business as a Bitcoin pioneer, lost it all, and is now clawing his way back.

Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Brain regeneration used to be considered a medical fantasy. But research shows that fantasy could eventually become a reality.
By Levi Gadye
September 7, 2016

Brain regeneration used to be considered a medical fantasy. But research shows that fantasy could eventually become a reality.

Challengers
Let's Talk About Failure
Let's Talk About Failure
Challengers
Let's Talk About Failure
Are we fetishizing failure? What are the costs of failing? How do we bounce back after it inevitably happens?
By Mike Riggs
January 12, 2017

Are we fetishizing failure? What are the costs of failing? How do we bounce back after it inevitably happens?

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What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
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What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants…
By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
August 6, 2018

Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants to change that.

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Brains Store Memories in a Temporary "Cache" (and We Can Read It)
Brains Store Memories in a Temporary "Cache" (and We Can Read It)
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Brains Store Memories in a Temporary "Cache" (and We Can Read It)
Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.
By Kelsey Tyssowski
August 23, 2018

Like the day’s newspaper, the brain has a temporary way to keep track of events.

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Paige and the Virus Hunter
Paige and the Virus Hunter
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Paige and the Virus Hunter
Drugs couldn’t stop her infection — so she asked Ben Chan to get her a virus, instead.
By Kaitlin Ugolik
November 28, 2018

Drugs couldn’t stop her infection — so she asked Ben Chan to get her a virus, instead.

Science
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
Science
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be…
By Mike Riggs
August 23, 2016

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.

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Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
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Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
When nerve cells in the brain communicate, they create tiny electric fields that can be sensed – and sometimes altered…
By Salvatore Domenic Morgera
March 6, 2019

When nerve cells in the brain communicate, they create tiny electric fields that can be sensed – and sometimes altered – from outside the skull.

Challengers
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Challengers
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.
By Mike Riggs
January 4, 2017

Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.

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Scientists Physically "Transplant" a Memory in Snails
Scientists Physically "Transplant" a Memory in Snails
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Scientists Physically "Transplant" a Memory in Snails
The experiment breaks the conventional wisdom about what memories are made of.
By Dan Bier
May 17, 2018

The experiment breaks the conventional wisdom about what memories are made of.

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Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID
Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID
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Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID
Can mind-readers replace passwords and biometric security?
By Wenyao Xu, Feng Lin and Zhanpeng Jin
October 24, 2018

Can mind-readers replace passwords and biometric security?

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Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
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Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.
By Dan Bier
August 24, 2018

Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.

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Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
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Is a "Global Village" a Pandemic Waiting to Happen?
New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.
By Dan Bier
November 13, 2018

New research suggests that our hyper-connected world might be protecting us against devastating plagues.

Global Impact
In the Midst of a Crisis, Venezuelans Are Training Self-Driving Cars
In the Midst of a Crisis, Venezuelans Are Training Self-Driving Cars
Global Impact
In the Midst of a Crisis, Venezuelans Are Training Self-Driving Cars
Hundreds of thousands of formerly middle class Venezuelans, thrown into poverty by economic collapse, are now sitting at computers as they help train self-driving cars to identify and avoid obstacles.
By B. David Zarley
September 27, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of formerly middle class Venezuelans, thrown into poverty by economic collapse, are now sitting at computers as they help train self-driving cars to identify and avoid obstacles.

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A Skin Graft Cures Cocaine Cravings (in Mice)
A Skin Graft Cures Cocaine Cravings (in Mice)
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A Skin Graft Cures Cocaine Cravings (in Mice)
A CRISPR skin graft looks like a promising way to deliver gene therapy.
By Qingyao Kong
October 31, 2018

A CRISPR skin graft looks like a promising way to deliver gene therapy.

What Explains the Measles Epidemic?
What Explains the Measles Epidemic?
What Explains the Measles Epidemic?
Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try…
By Dan Bier
June 14, 2019

Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to sneak past them. Cutting-edge research is exploring how to stimulate immunity without using vaccines, using the new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.

Coded
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to...
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to the FBI
Coded
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to...
For Ladar Levison, founder of secure email service Lavabit, everything changed when the two FBI agents showed up at his…
By Mike Riggs
January 26, 2017

For Ladar Levison, founder of secure email service Lavabit, everything changed when the two FBI agents showed up at his door.

Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire
The Final Maker Faire
Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire
The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke with some…
June 18, 2019

The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke with some of the most creative people at the final Maker Faire.

Future of Food
The World's First Floating Dairy Farm
The World's First Floating Dairy Farm
Future of Food
The World's First Floating Dairy Farm
In the search for more sustainable methods of global food production, one couple in the Netherlands is taking an unconventional approach: they have become the operators of the world's first and only floating dairy farm.
By Michael O'Shea
September 4, 2019

To feed an additional two billion people by 2050, global food production will have to increase by roughly 50%. While conventional wisdom would only consider habitable land for food production, one couple in the Netherlands is taking a different approach. They have become the operators of the world's first and only floating dairy farm.

Science
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Laws
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Laws
Science
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Laws
Should terminally ill patients be allowed to try experimental procedures? Hear the amazing, true story of the AIDS activists who…
By Scott Shackford
August 12, 2016

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to try experimental procedures? Hear the amazing, true story of the AIDS activists who fought for a "right to try." And won.

Technology
How to Send Mail to a Person With No Address
How to Send Mail to a Person With No Address
Technology
How to Send Mail to a Person With No Address
Millions of people have no address. They can’t get mail, they can't vote, they can’t get aid, and they don’t…
By Mike Riggs
August 25, 2016

Millions of people have no address. They can’t get mail, they can't vote, they can’t get aid, and they don’t have rights. One company wants to change that.

Dispatches
Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
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Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
It's a breakthrough for the blind and paralyzed, not the first step toward the Matrix. (Promise.)
By Dan Bier
May 4, 2018

It's a breakthrough for the blind and paralyzed, not the first step toward the Matrix. (Promise.)

Future of Cities
Merging Nature and Sustainable Design: An Interview with Daan Roosegaarde
Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch architect on a mission to create a more efficient and beautiful world through innovative, sustainable design.
Future of Cities
Merging Nature and Sustainable Design: An Interview with Daan Roosegaarde
From towers that create pockets of clean air to a luminescent bike path that glows like children's ceiling stars, Daan Roosegaarde's entire practice is centered around the beauty of living with nature and removing pollution from urban life.
By B. David Zarley
September 11, 2019

From towers that create pockets of clean air to a luminescent bike path that glows like children's ceiling stars and windmills drawing lines of light across the sky, Daan Roosegaarde's entire practice is centered around the beauty of living with nature and removing pollution from urban life.

Challengers
Five Insights: Scott Phoenix on Creating AI and Building a Company Around a Crazy...
Five Insights: Scott Phoenix on Creating AI and Building a Company Around a Crazy Idea
Challengers
Five Insights: Scott Phoenix on Creating AI and Building a Company Around a Crazy...
Scott Phoenix, founder of Vicarious, shares insights on the development of artificial intelligence and why this is a great time…
By Mike Riggs
December 7, 2016

Scott Phoenix, founder of Vicarious, shares insights on the development of artificial intelligence and why this is a great time to be alive.

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,…

Challengers
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
Challengers
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what…
By Mike Riggs
January 11, 2017

Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what he learned through it all.

Dispatches
A New Brain Surgery Robot Can Work Inside an MRI
A New Brain Surgery Robot Can Work Inside an MRI
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A New Brain Surgery Robot Can Work Inside an MRI
Metal robots and electric motors don't normally play well with giant magnets.
By Dan Bier
June 27, 2018

Metal robots and electric motors don't normally play well with giant magnets.

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The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
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The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
What happens in your gut in childhood can change how your brain works later in life.
By Dan Bier
July 4, 2018

What happens in your gut in childhood can change how your brain works later in life.

Superhuman
Robotic Wheelchair Revolution
Robotic Wheelchair Revolution
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Robotic Wheelchair Revolution
Part Wheelchair. Part Robot. Is this the future of accessibility?
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How Rory Cooper Built the Custom Wheelchair When people think about using wheelchairs, they probably don’t envision a custom design. Instead, they picture a bulky frame, handicap ramps, special vans for transportation with archaic wheelchair lifts, and a design out of the past. The sad truth is wheelchair technology has changed very little in the last 200 years. And over time, these dated designs can cause physical injury and deplete…

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Paralyzed Mice Walk Again After Breakthrough Treatment
Paralyzed Mice Walk Again After Breakthrough Treatment
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Paralyzed Mice Walk Again After Breakthrough Treatment
One small step for a mouse, perhaps one giant leap for treating spinal injuries.
By Dan Bier
July 30, 2018

One small step for a mouse, perhaps one giant leap for treating spinal injuries.

Dispatches
Training the Body to Fight Off Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Training the Body to Fight Off Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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Training the Body to Fight Off Drug-Resistant Bacteria
A new strategy, called host-targeted defense, could help solve antibiotic resistance by upgrading the immune system.
By Zahidul Alam
January 21, 2019

A new strategy, called host-targeted defense, could help solve antibiotic resistance by upgrading the immune system.

Medicine
RNA Vaccines Could Change Everything in the Fight Against Disease
RNA Vaccines Could Change Everything in the Fight Against Disease
Medicine
RNA Vaccines Could Change Everything in the Fight Against Disease
Traditional methods of vaccination have come up against difficult challenges. They can also be expensive and time-consuming to produce. New RNA vaccines are faster, cheaper, and safer, and show great potential to meet evolving threats.
By B. David Zarley
September 28, 2019

Traditional methods of vaccination have come up against difficult challenges. They can also be expensive and time-consuming to produce, curtailing efforts to control outbreaks or head off a flu season caused by an unexpected strain. A newer type of vaccines, using RNA, could alleviate these issues. Faster, cheaper, and safer, RNA vaccines show great potential to meet evolving threats.

Dispatches
The Cost of Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Just Fell By 85%
The Cost of Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Just Fell By 85%
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The Cost of Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Just Fell By 85%
It's not there yet, but carbon capture just got interesting.
By Dan Bier
June 8, 2018

It's not there yet, but carbon capture just got interesting.

Future of Food
These Pioneers are Building the Sustainable Food Systems of Tomorrow
These Pioneers are Building the Sustainable Food Systems of Tomorrow
Future of Food
These Pioneers are Building the Sustainable Food Systems of Tomorrow
In a new Freethink original series, Michael O'Shea goes around the world to introduce us to the scientists who are working hard to ensure that we can feed our future world.
August 20, 2019

There are currently over 7 billion human beings alive on Earth --- and in 2050 the world's population will rise by almost 2 billion. That's a lot more mouths to feed considering that roughly 11 percent of the world goes hungry today. To prepare for this future, we'll need to scale up food production in a sustainable way --- without using more land and lowering emissions --- and figure out…

Superhuman
These Doctors are Performing Brain Surgery ... Using Sound
These Doctors are Performing Brain Surgery ... Using Sound
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Superhuman
These Doctors are Performing Brain Surgery ... Using Sound
Bonnie D'Ettorre suffers from a nerve disorder causing uncontrollable shaking. Doctors at Ohio State are about to "burn it out" using a thousand beams of ultrasound.
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April 25, 2018

Patients stricken with “essential tremors” have their lives upended by this nerve disorder which causes uncontrollable shaking. But doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are helping these patients find relief by “burning out” the problem-causing part of the brain with a high-intensity focused ultrasound. This miracle treatment significantly reduces tremors without the potential for complications posed by more invasive brain surgery. This, along with other neurological advances,…

COMING SOON
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer
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COMING SOON
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer
Our best original series is back! Watch now for a look into our Superhuman future.
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Superhuman is back with Season 5! Premiering Wednesday, August 7th, we'll be meeting the scientists, cyborgs, and real life heroes who are pushing the frontiers of groundbreaking medical technology. Can't wait until then? Get to know the Superhuman cast below. The Emerging Cyborg Meet Alec McMorris When his cousin’s car skidded into a guardrail on an icy Utah road in 2013, Alec McMorris rushed to help him. While trying…

Dispatches
GMO Mosquitoes Could Be Our Best New Weapon against Disease
GMO Mosquitoes Could Be Our Best New Weapon against Disease
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GMO Mosquitoes Could Be Our Best New Weapon against Disease
It sounds like science fiction, but it could save millions of lives.
By Jason Rasgon
August 20, 2018

It sounds like science fiction, but it could save millions of lives.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next...
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next Einstein
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next...
Rethinking the MRI machine, how will Christianity handle advanced tech, and is this 7-year-old the next Einstein?
By Mike Riggs
February 3, 2017

Rethinking the MRI machine, how will Christianity handle advanced tech, and is this 7-year-old the next Einstein?

Dispatches
Self-driving Uber Fatality: Video Shows Tech Failure & Human Error
Self-driving Uber Fatality: Video Shows Tech Failure & Human Error
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Self-driving Uber Fatality: Video Shows Tech Failure & Human Error
The only way to make self-driving cars safer is to take the risk of more testing.
By Dan Bier
March 22, 2018

The only way to make self-driving cars safer is to take the risk of more testing.

Making a Difference
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?
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Making a Difference
Can People with Autism Help Create Next-Generation AI?
Daivergent is a new startup that hires people with autism to train artificial intelligence - and helps them start independent careers.
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May 15, 2019

Meet Bryan Dai, the founder of Daivergent--a startup that hires people with autism to train artificial intelligence and helps them start independent careers. His journey began when his mother passed away, and he knew that he would be responsible for helping support his brother with autism. After people with autism turn 21, they often encounter the “support cliff,” after which they stop receiving many forms of government support. The statistics…

Future of Cities
Human Composting Could Help Crowded Cities Bury Their Dead Sustainably
Human Composting Could Help Crowded Cities Bury Their Dead Sustainably
Future of Cities
Human Composting Could Help Crowded Cities Bury Their Dead Sustainably
Working toward sustainability, cities are searching for ways to make funerals more eco-friendly. Green burials and human composting could be the solution.
By Tien Nguyen
September 27, 2019

Working toward sustainability, cities are searching for ways to make funerals more eco-friendly. Green burials and human composting could be the solution.

Dispatches
CRISPR Edits Out Autistic Traits in Mice
CRISPR Edits Out Autistic Traits in Mice
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CRISPR Edits Out Autistic Traits in Mice
The technique could also open up treatments for Huntington's, schizophrenia, and epilepsy.
By Dan Bier
June 29, 2018

The technique could also open up treatments for Huntington's, schizophrenia, and epilepsy.

Relentless
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
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Relentless
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
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October 24, 2017

To hear Hamish Brewer speak is to be inspired. About education. About life. About the possibilities of it all. And for disadvantaged youths that come from poverty and broken homes, the New Zealander with an infectious energy works hard to encourage them to excel, not only in school, but in life. About Hamish Brewer With a shaved head, tattoos, and one of those loud, larger-than-life personalities, Hamish Brewer is hard…

Dispatches
FDA Approves AI “Doctor” That Can See Disease in Your Eyes
FDA Approves AI “Doctor” That Can See Disease in Your Eyes
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FDA Approves AI “Doctor” That Can See Disease in Your Eyes
How will artificial intelligence transform medicine?
By Dan Bier
April 12, 2018

How will artificial intelligence transform medicine?

Culture
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars
Culture
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars
The SpaceX founder gave a rousing presentation on his company’s long-term plan for getting to Mars and establishing a civilization…
By Mike Riggs
September 27, 2016

The SpaceX founder gave a rousing presentation on his company’s long-term plan for getting to Mars and establishing a civilization there.

Entrepreneurship
The Business Fair for Children
The Business Fair for Children
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Entrepreneurship
The Business Fair for Children
At this business fair, kids are the entrepreneurs...
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August 14, 2017

At the Acton Children's Business Fair, the kids are the entrepreneurs. Wanting to inspire kids to follow their passions, the organizers of the fair created a space where the young business owners can make and sell their own products. "I believe kids are way more powerful than we give them credit for," organizer David Kirby told us. The businesses ranged from an iPhone repair shop, to organic cleaning supplies.…

Coded
How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
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How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee
Could the blockchain be used to make fair trade goods live up to their promise?
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November 2, 2017

Around 1 in 60 people on the globe rely on the coffee supply chain for their livelihood. But it’s an antiquated system, rife with uncertainty, unfairness, and even corruption. Bext360 wants to change that. They’re using machine vision, artificial intelligence, and blockchain payments to bring the largest un-automated system in the world into the digital age.

Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
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Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
How one relentless, unconventional principal rallied an underdog school.
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March 25, 2019

Hamish Brewer, the unconventional principal of Fred Lynn Middle School, went viral and won praise for his work turning the school around. But can he rally the school to the next huge milestone - regaining accreditation? Since moving from New Zealand to the United States, tattooed, skateboarding principal Hamish Brewer has helped inspire teachers and students at lower-income schools to smash people’s expectations. After his success at Occoquan Elementary,…

Superhuman
Meet the Paralyzed Man Who Can Walk Again
Meet the Paralyzed Man Who Can Walk Again
Superhuman
Meet the Paralyzed Man Who Can Walk Again
Robert is paralyzed from the chest down. But now a robotic exoskeleton is giving him what he calls "a second…
By Mike Riggs
September 5, 2016

Robert is paralyzed from the chest down. But now a robotic exoskeleton is giving him what he calls "a second chance at life."

Inside the Cajun Navy: How Volunteers Are Training to Rescue Hurricane Victims
Inside the Cajun Navy: How Volunteers Are Training to Rescue Hurricane Victims
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Inside the Cajun Navy: How Volunteers Are Training to Rescue Hurricane Victims
Can civilian-led rescue be part of future disaster recovery efforts?
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August 16, 2018

A Look Inside the Cajun Navy Before Hurricane Katrina hit, the "Cajun Navy" didn't even exist. But in the aftermath of the storm, a group of volunteers that helped rescue thousands flood victims stranded in their homes and vehicles have come together again. Their goal? To work together to better assist people in times of need directly following a natural disaster. They call themselves the Cajun Navy, and their work…

Superhuman
Karen Aiach on Doing the Impossible
Karen Aiach on Doing the Impossible
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Karen Aiach on Doing the Impossible
When Karen Aiach decided to quit her finance job in 2005 in order to find a cure for the rare…
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August 20, 2016

When Karen Aiach decided to quit her finance job in 2005 in order to find a cure for the rare genetic disease that was killing her daughter, people told her it was impossible. In a weird way, it was just what Karen needed to hear. Because it meant if she didn’t do it, no one else would. She started with a search. The first thing she learned is that…

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Saving Lives with AI
Saving Lives with AI
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Saving Lives with AI
Artificial intelligence can find hidden patterns in patient’s vital signs - and stop emergencies before they happen.
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November 7, 2018

As hospitals collect more and more data, analyzing it is a challenge and an opportunity. Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a case study in how using artificial intelligence in hospitals can help improve outcomes. They’re working with Intel’s Healthcare AI team to develop machine learning algorithms that can see patterns within it. The result, which they call the Patient Centered Analytic Learning Machine or…

Superhuman
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

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. Discover the inspiring stories of spinal cord research breakthroughs today and see the impact spinal implants have on individuals far and wide.

Superhuman
Brain Implant Gives Quadriplegic Movement
Brain Implant Gives Quadriplegic Movement
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Brain Implant Gives Quadriplegic Movement
A brain implant connected to electrodes could offer hope to those who have lost function in their limbs.
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September 7, 2017

A brain implant connected to electrodes could offer hope to those who have lost function in their limbs.A tragic diving accident while on vacation left Ian Burkhart unable to move most of his body. But a brain implant connected to electrodes on his arm restored his ability to move his fingers and could offer hope to those who have lost function in their limbs.

Superhuman
Open Sourcing the Brain
Open Sourcing the Brain
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Open Sourcing the Brain
Open BCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows your brain to interact with computers in amazing ways.
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August 21, 2016

OpenBCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows our brains to interact with software. Want to measure the effect of meditation on your brain? It's possible. Want to control a prosthetic limb with your mind? It's possible. Right now, the only thing OpenBCI's tech can't do are the things we haven't thought of.

Sponsored
Meet Civil, The Startup That Wants to Save Journalism with the Blockchain
Meet Civil, The Startup That Wants to Save Journalism with the Blockchain
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Meet Civil, The Startup That Wants to Save Journalism with the Blockchain
Can the blockchain fight fake news, restore trust in the media, and save a dying a industry?
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July 31, 2018

The news industry is in crisis. Traditional ad models have not transitioned well to the digital world and many newspapers have closed their doors. Clickbait has risen as the pressure to get views at any price rises and quality suffers. People trust the media less and less, which has made it increasingly easy for special interests to manipulate public opinion. But Civil, a new startup, wants to help solve these…

Technology
The Shipping Containers Used for Conversations
The Shipping Containers Used for Conversations
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Technology
The Shipping Containers Used for Conversations
Would you talk to a stranger on the other side of the world?
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July 11, 2017

Frequently seen being hauled by semi-trucks on the highway or stacked on the decks of cargo ships, these shipping containers are now being used in a different way, as a portal to connect people across the globe and facilitate conversation. Step inside and you can be instantly connected to someone on a different continent, with whom one can talk and share music, thoughts, and ideas. The creator of Portals hopes…

Crossing The Divide
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Crossing The Divide
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77% of people think the country is more divided than it’s ever been. We set out to meet the people trying to change that.
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May 12, 2017

It feels like we've never been more divided. Yet amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to forge connections. It’s not easy and the odds of success are far from certain, but for some, accepting things as they are just isn't an option. Freethink presents a new original series, “Crossing the Divide.”

Coded
The Unhackable Email Service
The Unhackable Email Service
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Coded
The Unhackable Email Service
Edward Snowden’s email service of choice wants to make mass surveillance obsolete.
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January 23, 2017

Ladar Levison’s email service counted Edward Snowden among its users. But, when the FBI demanded Levison hand over Snowden’s communications, Levison destroyed the company’s servers. Now, he’s back with a more secure version of the service that could make mass surveillance obsolete.

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Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
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Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
Virtual reality is helping surgeons and patients prepare for complicated, life-saving surgeries in ways never before possible.
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October 9, 2018

Brain surgery is never easy -- for the doctor or the patient. Now, virtual reality is changing the game. Surgical Theater has created a revolutionary new tool, powered by Intel technology, that allows surgeons and patients to prepare for complicated new surgeries in ways never before possible. Surgeons have previously had to rely on 2D images and their imagination to visualize a surgery, but now they are able to use…

Crossing The Divide
Making America Dinner Again
Making America Dinner Again
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Crossing The Divide
Making America Dinner Again
What happens when you put people of all political persuasions together over dinner?
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July 3, 2017

In the wake of the 2016 election, Tria Chang and Justine Lee felt frustrated and confused by the results. But they also realized that they didn’t know a single Trump voter. And most of their friends didn’t either. Tria and Justine wanted to find a way to get out of their bubble and talk to people who had different views. So they started Make America Dinner Again. At each dinner,…

The New Space Race
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The New Space Race
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Meet the next generation of explorers taking us higher and farther than ever before.
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October 4, 2016

In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decades-long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. Some have mourned its passing as a sign of the times – as evidence that we could no longer dare to dream. But unbeknownst to many, a new era of private space exploration has already begun... and it’s firing on all cylinders. The New…

The New Space Race
Can XCOR Build the World's First Airline for Space?
Can XCOR Build the World's First Airline for Space?
The New Space Race
Can XCOR Build the World's First Airline for Space?
Out of a small hangar in the Mojave Desert, XCOR is developing a rocket ship designed to fly to space…
By Freethink Team
October 12, 2016

Out of a small hangar in the Mojave Desert, XCOR is developing a rocket ship designed to fly to space four times a day, five days a week.

Superhuman
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Join us as we meet the innovators building our superhuman future.
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August 13, 2016

Superhuman is a Freethink original series about the amazing advances in medical innovation that are making the present look more like a sci-fi depiction of the future. Join us as we meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors and patients who are giving people a new lease on life today, while building our superhuman future of tomorrow.

Coded
WATCH: Trailer for Our New Show, Coded
WATCH: Trailer for Our New Show, Coded
Coded
WATCH: Trailer for Our New Show, Coded
Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.
By Mike Riggs
January 18, 2017

Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.

Challengers
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Challengers
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Fast Company presents a Freethink original series about entrepreneurs building companies that could transform entire industries and change the world.
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November 26, 2016

Across the globe, entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies on their journey to transform an entire industry—and change the world.

Coded
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Coded
Coded Trailer
Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.
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January 16, 2017

There’s an invisible war being waged. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back.

Challengers
Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
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Challengers
Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?
Vicarious believes smart machines could solve virtually every problem humans can’t.
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December 4, 2016

Scott Phoenix, cofounder of Vicarious, believes smart machines could one day cure cancer, create new forms of energy, and solve virtually every problem that humans simply can’t. With the support of investors like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, Vicarious is striving to bring about this future in our lifetimes.

Superhuman
Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
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Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm
Jerral was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq and left paralyzed. Now he's partnering with researchers to regain his independence. »
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September 18, 2016

Jerral was serving in Iraq, his tank was hit by a roadside bomb. The attack left him paralyzed and without his left arm. But rather than letting his injuries define him, Jerral is fighting back with the help of the world’s most advanced prosthetic arm. He’s working with a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins to test the arm that could help Jerral and many other wounded vets like him…

Fixing Justice
F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
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Fixing Justice
F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
Good Call NYC Fights Bad Policing With a Free Lawyer Hotline: 1-833-3-GOODCALL
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May 9, 2019

Late at night on the NYC Subway, he was arrested for the heinous crime...of not having a working subway ticket. Fortunately, he had an ace in the hole - 1-833-3-GOODCALL (1-833-346-6322), New York City’s free lawyer hotline. In America we all have the right to a lawyer. But news flash: not everyone can afford one, and even fewer have a number memorized for the legendary “one phone call” you get…

Dispatches
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
Dispatches
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
The "secret life of antidepressants" could open up a host of new treatments.
By Leah Shaffer
August 27, 2018

The "secret life of antidepressants" could open up a host of new treatments.

#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.
By Amanda Winkler and Lise Metzger
April 17, 2019

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

#fixingjustice - Policing
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?
Creating a civilian review board to oversee police conduct seems like a straightforward solution to disciplinary issues on the force.…
By Andrew Denney
April 15, 2019

Creating a civilian review board to oversee police conduct seems like a straightforward solution to disciplinary issues on the force. But why is it so hard to implement?

Go Deeper
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 (SCIs) -- often called complete injuries by clinicians -- are ones where no readable signal from the brain reaches the spinal cord beneath the trauma, resulting in total paralysis. The possibility that a patient with this type of severe injury might regain movement was once considered so remote that rehab has traditionally seemed a waste of time. And yet, in a handful of patients spanning multiple…

Future of Cities
Getting Aerial Ridesharing Off the Ground
Getting Aerial Ridesharing Off the Ground
Future of Cities
Getting Aerial Ridesharing Off the Ground
It’s been the ultimate futuristic dream for decades: flying cars! But now, the future finally has a deadline. At least to start, it will land in the form of a small air taxi operated by Uber, not something you’ll park in your garage.
By B. David Zarley
September 27, 2019

It’s been the ultimate futuristic dream for decades: flying cars! But now, the future finally has a deadline. At least to start, it will land in the form of a small air taxi operated by Uber, not something you’ll park in your garage.

Superhuman
The World's Most Advanced Bionic Arm
The World's Most Advanced Bionic Arm
Superhuman
The World's Most Advanced Bionic Arm
A fascinating interview with Michael P. McLoughlin, the chief engineer of research and exploratory development at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
By Mike Riggs
August 30, 2016

A fascinating interview with Michael P. McLoughlin about bionic arms for amputees and the world of advanced prosthetics. McLoughlin is the chief engineer of research and exploratory development at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It
Is the solution to dangerous drugs... making them safer?
By Dan Bier
March 18, 2019

Is the solution to dangerous drugs... making them safer?

Dispatches
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s
Dispatches
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s
For the first time in a long time, there's a new direction for potential Alzheimer's treatments.
By Dan Bier
August 13, 2018

For the first time in a long time, there's a new direction for potential Alzheimer's treatments.

Dispatches
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Dispatches
Why We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine
Two scientists explain why the flu is still such a problem, a century after it killed 50 million people —…
By Ian Setliff and Amyn Murji
November 29, 2018

Two scientists explain why the flu is still such a problem, a century after it killed 50 million people — and what we can do stop it.

Dispatches
Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animals in History. Should We Wipe Them Out?
Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animals in History. Should We Wipe Them Out?
Dispatches
Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animals in History. Should We Wipe Them Out?
The world's richest and poorest people are teaming up against our deadliest predator.
By Dan Bier
February 4, 2019

The world's richest and poorest people are teaming up against our deadliest predator.

Science
The Future of Sports and Human Performance
The Future of Sports and Human Performance
Science
The Future of Sports and Human Performance
Unpacking the science behind human performance with The Sports Gene author David Epstein
By Mike Riggs
September 13, 2016

Unpacking the science behind human performance with The Sports Gene author David Epstein

Dispatches
Quieter, Faster, Stronger: The Next Jet Age Is Coming
Quieter, Faster, Stronger: The Next Jet Age Is Coming
Dispatches
Quieter, Faster, Stronger: The Next Jet Age Is Coming
Air travel takes longer today than it did 40 years ago. That's about to change.
By Dan Bier
July 12, 2018

Air travel takes longer today than it did 40 years ago. That's about to change.

Challengers
You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.
You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.
Challengers
You Should Start Learning About Artificial Intelligence. Here's How.
There are a lot of different levels of artificial intelligence being applied in a lot of different ways. Here's a…
By Mike Riggs
December 9, 2016

There are a lot of different levels of artificial intelligence being applied in a lot of different ways. Here's a primer for starting to wrap your head around it all.

Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?
By Dan Bier
May 10, 2019

A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?

#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
DeVitta Briscoe never had a chance to request a lighter sentence for the man who shot her son.
By Amanda Winkler
April 17, 2019

DeVitta Briscoe never had a chance to request a lighter sentence for the man who shot her son.

Dispatches
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Dispatches
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.
By Adriana Galván
November 12, 2018

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash…
By Dan Bier
August 8, 2019

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash them.

Superhuman
Advanced Prosthetics Are Not Only Powerful, They’re Beautiful
Advanced Prosthetics Are Not Only Powerful, They’re Beautiful
Superhuman
Advanced Prosthetics Are Not Only Powerful, They’re Beautiful
"There's a deep, deep relationship between the functionality of the device and a person's identity of what their body is."
By B. David Zarley
August 21, 2019

Before he was director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Rory Cooper was customizing his own wheelchairs for racing. His racer was lighter than traditional chairs, optimized for racing on the road, but many of its modifications have since become commonplace in wheelchairs designed for everyday use. Cooper's chair demonstrated the importance of performance and functionality, ensuring that the user's quality of life is improved by restoring or augmenting…

#fixingjustice - Policing
How to Hold Police Accountable
How to Hold Police Accountable
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#fixingjustice - Policing
How to Hold Police Accountable
The Invisible Institute is making Chicago police complaints easily available to the public—and is helping hold police accountable.
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April 15, 2019

A Freethink update: It's been several months since we first brought you the story of journalist Jamie Kalven and his influential "Sixteen Shots" expose in Slate that depicted a corrupt Chicago police department in the midst of a cover-up following the racist killing of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. Since then, Kalven has written another critical piece,…

Crossing the Divide
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.
Crossing the Divide
Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone's Mind? This Research Says Yes.
After studying a team of canvassers, two researchers found that a single conversation can have a significant and lasting impact…
By Michael O'Shea
June 18, 2017

After studying a team of canvassers, two researchers found that a single conversation can have a significant and lasting impact on a person's opinion.

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Should Violence be Treated Like A Disease?
Should Violence be Treated Like A Disease?
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Should Violence be Treated Like A Disease?
Epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says we need to treat violence like a public health crisis and employ…
By Amanda Winkler
April 19, 2019

Epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says we need to treat violence like a public health crisis and employ the same types of strategies we use in medicine to treat violence.

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.

#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re under-policed.…
By Dan Bier
April 15, 2019

American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re under-policed. More police could help reduce crime, but only if people trust them to do a good job.

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?
By Dan Bier
April 18, 2019

CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?

Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city,…
By Kaitlin Ugolik
June 29, 2019

“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city, the harder it is for you to access the medicine you need to stay healthy and alive.”

Virtual Reality
For the Disabled, Using Virtual Reality for Education Opens Up New Possibilities
For the Disabled, Using Virtual Reality for Education Opens Up New Possibilities
Virtual Reality
For the Disabled, Using Virtual Reality for Education Opens Up New Possibilities
His daughter couldn’t go on school field trips with her classmates, so Craig Chaytor designed a virtual reality adventure just…
By Amanda Winkler
July 16, 2019

His daughter couldn’t go on school field trips with her classmates, so Craig Chaytor designed a virtual reality adventure just for her.

Dispatches
Finding a New Drug in One-Third the Time and One-Thousandth the Cost
Finding a New Drug in One-Third the Time and One-Thousandth the Cost
Dispatches
Finding a New Drug in One-Third the Time and One-Thousandth the Cost
How a pediatric cancer drug went from discovery to clinical trials in five years and just $500,000.
By Teresa Purzner
December 20, 2018

How a pediatric cancer drug went from discovery to clinical trials in five years and just $500,000.

Science
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space
Science
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space
We take a look at a few of the not-so-obviously-bizarre things we've launched beyond the earth's atmosphere.
By Mike Riggs
November 4, 2016

We take a look at a few of the not-so-obviously-bizarre things we've launched beyond the earth's atmosphere.

Superhuman
Electric Skin Gives Sensation Back to Amputees
Electric Skin Gives Sensation Back to Amputees
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Superhuman
Electric Skin Gives Sensation Back to Amputees
Touch is a sensation that connects us all. This scientist created electronic skin that lets people with prosthetic limbs feel.
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September 4, 2019

For amputees, the sensation of a ‘phantom limb’ can be a terrible or disorienting experience -- feeling a hand, arm or leg that isn’t there anymore. But researchers at Johns Hopkins have recognized that these sensations are a clue, and they’re using it to restore the sense of touch.

The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked
The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked
The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked
As the founder of Fathers New Mexico, Barry McIntosh is on a mission to help young fathers understand how important…
June 16, 2019

As the founder of Fathers New Mexico, Barry McIntosh is on a mission to help young fathers understand how important the early parenting years really are.

Catalysts
This Nonprofit Gives Bikes and People New Life
This Nonprofit Gives Bikes and People New Life
Catalysts
This Nonprofit Gives Bikes and People New Life
Working Bikes has spent nearly two decades rescuing bicycles from the waste cycle to give people purpose, access to jobs, and independence.
By B. David Zarley
October 3, 2019

Working Bikes has spent nearly two decades rescuing bicycles from the waste cycle to give people purpose, access to jobs, and independence.

Superhuman
Is the Miracle Medicine of the Future About to Become the Totally Real Medicine of...
Is the Miracle Medicine of the Future About to Become the Totally Real Medicine of the Present?
Superhuman
Is the Miracle Medicine of the Future About to Become the Totally Real Medicine of...
Gene therapy uses a virus to replace missing or defective genes. It sounds counterintuitive, but it could be the key…
By Mike Riggs
August 2, 2016

Gene therapy uses a virus to replace missing or defective genes. It sounds counterintuitive, but it could be the key to curing previously incurable diseases.

Superhuman
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine
Superhuman
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine
From newborn health to AIDS treatment to DNA research, these brilliant women paved the way for incredible advances in the…
By Mike Riggs
August 2, 2016

From newborn health to AIDS treatment to DNA research, these brilliant women paved the way for incredible advances in the field of medicine.

On the Fringe
Could Freezing Your Body Offer a Chance at Immortality?
Could Freezing Your Body Offer a Chance at Immortality?
On the Fringe
Could Freezing Your Body Offer a Chance at Immortality?
In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to…
By Blake Snow
May 22, 2018

In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to be frozen on the hope that, one day, medicine will advance far enough to once again bring them back from the dead.

Dispatches
Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?
Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?
Dispatches
Are "CRISPR Kids" the New "Test-Tube Babies"?
Forty years later, IVF shows how fears about new technology can fade.
By Patricia Stapleton
August 14, 2018

Forty years later, IVF shows how fears about new technology can fade.

Dispatches
To Eradicate TB, We Need Old-Fashioned Ambition
To Eradicate TB, We Need Old-Fashioned Ambition
Dispatches
To Eradicate TB, We Need Old-Fashioned Ambition
The Ebola outbreak sparked more medical innovation in two years than TB has in decades, even though TB is killing…
By Madhukar Pai
October 16, 2018

The Ebola outbreak sparked more medical innovation in two years than TB has in decades, even though TB is killing millions of people a year.

Longreads
Unsolved Murders: America's Disappointing Murder Clearance Rate
Unsolved Murders: America's Disappointing Murder Clearance Rate
Longreads
Unsolved Murders: America's Disappointing Murder Clearance Rate
The evidence suggests that most murderers get away with it. Here's what we can do about that.
By Dan Bier
October 18, 2018

The evidence suggests that most murderers get away with it. Here's what we can do about that.

The New Space Race
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?
The New Space Race
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?
Private companies have worked with NASA for decades. Can the next generation of space companies get by without the government…
By Mike Riggs
October 13, 2016

Private companies have worked with NASA for decades. Can the next generation of space companies get by without the government as their biggest customer?

Rise
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities
Rise
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities
There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.
By Michael O'Shea
April 14, 2017

There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.

What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?
What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?
What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?
What you need to know about this genetic disease, explained by someone who knows it inside and out.
By Ella Balasa
December 13, 2018

What you need to know about this genetic disease, explained by someone who knows it inside and out.

Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.
By Bruce Barry and Thomas Bateman
January 14, 2019

When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.

#fixingjustice - Policing
Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?
Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Community Policing is Back in Vogue. But Does it Work?
As police departments look for ways to rebuild trust with their communities, an increasing number are turning to new community…
By Natalia Megas
April 15, 2019

As police departments look for ways to rebuild trust with their communities, an increasing number are turning to new community policing programs. But are they effective? As with most things, it depends on what you measure.

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More Equitable Justice System
#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate, and responsible criminal…
By Dan Bier
April 16, 2019

Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate, and responsible criminal justice reform.

Future of Therapy
Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy
Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy
Future of Therapy
Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy
The immersive world of VR may have therapeutic benefits for people combating phobias, anxiety, and PTSD.
By Kaitlin Ugolik
July 2, 2019

The immersive world of VR may have therapeutic benefits for people combating phobias, anxiety, and PTSD.

The Sound of Science
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
The Sound of Science
This Musician Transforms Scientific Data Into Elaborate Melodies
When we convert complex data into sound and listen to it, quite often what emerges is something we can understand through sound, even though we could never understand it visually.
By Teresa Carey
August 20, 2019

If you think staring at rows of numbers and graphs seems humdrum, these musicians agree. They are on a mission to expose new scientific information through sound, by turning flat datasets into musical scores --- creating the soundtrack for science: Listen to Mark Ballora’s sonification of singularity with flutes and electronics: Jenni Evans first met Mark Ballora at a Penn State social gathering. Both were professors at the university, but…

The New Space Race
What Happens When Stuff Breaks in Space?
What Happens When Stuff Breaks in Space?
The New Space Race
What Happens When Stuff Breaks in Space?
Despite rigorous prep, astronauts often have to improvise when things go wrong in space. And a lot more duct tape…
By Mike Riggs
October 18, 2016

Despite rigorous prep, astronauts often have to improvise when things go wrong in space. And a lot more duct tape is involved than you may expect.

The New Space Race
Who Owns the Moon?
Who Owns the Moon?
The New Space Race
Who Owns the Moon?
Throughout history, different organizations, governments, and even individuals have attempted to establish rules for, and ownership of, outer space.
By Mike Riggs
November 1, 2016

Throughout history, different organizations, governments, and even individuals have attempted to establish rules for, and ownership of, outer space.

The New Space Race
Why the U.S. Government Treated Satellites and Machine Guns as the Same for 15 Years
Why the U.S. Government Treated Satellites and Machine Guns as the Same for 15 Years
The New Space Race
Why the U.S. Government Treated Satellites and Machine Guns as the Same for 15 Years
Regulations forced companies that planned to sell satellites to other countries to register, in effect, as arms dealers.
By Jeff Foust
November 10, 2016

Regulations forced companies that planned to sell satellites to other countries to register, in effect, as arms dealers.

Criminal Justice
Can This Robot Stop Violence at Traffic Stops?
Can This Robot Stop Violence at Traffic Stops?
Criminal Justice
Can This Robot Stop Violence at Traffic Stops?
A Duke robotics PhD student and his partner think they have a way ease tensions while deep-rooted differences are hashed…
By Michael O'Shea
March 9, 2017

A Duke robotics PhD student and his partner think they have a way ease tensions while deep-rooted differences are hashed out.

Science
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?
Science
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?
As more and more former football players exhibit symptoms of CTE, one company thinks their new helmet can address the…
By Oliver Katz
August 18, 2017

As more and more former football players exhibit symptoms of CTE, one company thinks their new helmet can address the problem of player safety.

On The Fringe
These Bacteria-Eating Sewer Viruses are Saving Lives
These Bacteria-Eating Sewer Viruses are Saving Lives
On The Fringe
These Bacteria-Eating Sewer Viruses are Saving Lives
The world discovered phages before antibiotics, but these lowly sewer viruses are getting renewed attention in the age of antibiotic…
By Blake Snow
April 19, 2018

The world discovered phages before antibiotics, but these lowly sewer viruses are getting renewed attention in the age of antibiotic resistance.

Dispatches
Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell
Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell
Dispatches
Your DNA Is Not the Same in Every Cell
Your body began with a single cell and a single genetic code. But it didn't stay that way for long.
By Dan Bier
May 23, 2018

Your body began with a single cell and a single genetic code. But it didn't stay that way for long.

Dispatches
FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
Dispatches
FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."
By Dan Bier
August 15, 2018

It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."

Dispatches
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel
Dispatches
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel
Businesses have gotten to space; now what?
By Joel Wooten
October 5, 2018

Businesses have gotten to space; now what?

Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.
By Brendan Markey-Towler
November 5, 2018

It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.

Dispatches
A "LinkedIn for Cancer" Helps Myeloma Patients Find Help – and Hope
A "LinkedIn for Cancer" Helps Myeloma Patients Find Help – and Hope
Dispatches
A "LinkedIn for Cancer" Helps Myeloma Patients Find Help – and Hope
The site aims to help scientists discover new treatments – and empower patients to advocate for their own care.
By Kaitlin Ugolik
January 25, 2019

The site aims to help scientists discover new treatments – and empower patients to advocate for their own care.

Dispatches
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online
Dispatches
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online
SpaceX is out in front, but the race for global satellite internet is getting crowded.
By Dan Bier
February 5, 2019

SpaceX is out in front, but the race for global satellite internet is getting crowded.

Science
A Regulatory Fight Is Brewing Over Experimental Stem Cell Therapies
A Regulatory Fight Is Brewing Over Experimental Stem Cell Therapies
Science
A Regulatory Fight Is Brewing Over Experimental Stem Cell Therapies
New proposed regulations from the FDA would effectively shut down private stem cell clinics in the U.S.
By Mike Riggs
September 15, 2016

New proposed regulations from the FDA would effectively shut down private stem cell clinics in the U.S.

Challengers
An American Entrepreneur on the Importance of Chinese Manufacturing
An American Entrepreneur on the Importance of Chinese Manufacturing
Challengers
An American Entrepreneur on the Importance of Chinese Manufacturing
Greg Shugar, founder of Tie Bar and Thread Experiment, discusses why his businesses wouldn’t have been possible without Chinese factories.
By Mike Riggs
December 1, 2016

Greg Shugar, founder of Tie Bar and Thread Experiment, discusses why his businesses wouldn’t have been possible without Chinese factories.

Crossing the Divide
Why Does Officer Tommy Norman Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Why Does Officer Tommy Norman Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Crossing the Divide
Why Does Officer Tommy Norman Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Officer Tommy Norman's work has drawn national attention recently, but his approach to policing is nothing new.
By Michael O'Shea
July 6, 2017

Officer Tommy Norman's work has drawn national attention recently, but his approach to policing is nothing new.

Reverse Innovation
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
Reverse Innovation
MacGyver Medicine Can Save Lives
The package is simple and dirt-cheap—a plastic bag with a condom, a syringe, a rubber tube, and a card with…
By Dan Bier
June 7, 2019

The package is simple and dirt-cheap—a plastic bag with a condom, a syringe, a rubber tube, and a card with instructions—but it can mean the difference between a mother living and dying.

Challengers
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Challengers
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.
By Mike Riggs
December 22, 2016

Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.

Coded
It’s Time for Regular Americans to Think Differently About Cybersecurity
It’s Time for Regular Americans to Think Differently About Cybersecurity
Coded
It’s Time for Regular Americans to Think Differently About Cybersecurity
If huge companies and government agencies can't manage the cyber threats, how can ordinary Americans?
By James Poulos
February 1, 2017

If huge companies and government agencies can't manage the cyber threats, how can ordinary Americans?

Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether…
By B. David Zarley
July 27, 2019

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether due to prior convictions, medical concerns, poverty, homelessness, or any other issues which make gainful employment difficult.

This Computer Can Write 2,000 Snarky Articles Per Second
This Computer Can Write 2,000 Snarky Articles Per Second
This Computer Can Write 2,000 Snarky Articles Per Second
What does it mean for the future of journalism when a computer can turn mounds of data into a cohesive…
By Mike Riggs
September 22, 2016

What does it mean for the future of journalism when a computer can turn mounds of data into a cohesive narrative?

Challengers
Dr. Leslie Dewan on the Future of Nuclear Energy
Dr. Leslie Dewan on the Future of Nuclear Energy
Challengers
Dr. Leslie Dewan on the Future of Nuclear Energy
We dive into the viability and future of nuclear energy in the U.S. and around the world with Leslie Dewan,…
By Mike Riggs
December 14, 2016

We dive into the viability and future of nuclear energy in the U.S. and around the world with Leslie Dewan, CEO of nuclear power startup Transatomic.

Coded
What We Mean When We Talk About Hacking
What We Mean When We Talk About Hacking
Coded
What We Mean When We Talk About Hacking
We've all heard it before: "I was hacked!" But that can mean a lot of things. We take a look…
By Mike Riggs
January 25, 2017

We've all heard it before: "I was hacked!" But that can mean a lot of things. We take a look at some of the big ones.

Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs…
By Michael O'Shea
June 12, 2017

While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs coming together.

Dispatches
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
Dispatches
The Eternal Sunshine of the Stressed Out Mind
Researchers at Cambridge University have finally figured out how the brain stops stressful thoughts and memories from taking over our…
By Dan Bier
April 17, 2018

Researchers at Cambridge University have finally figured out how the brain stops stressful thoughts and memories from taking over our minds.

Dispatches
A Zero-Carbon Gas Power Plant Just Came Online in Texas
A Zero-Carbon Gas Power Plant Just Came Online in Texas
Dispatches
A Zero-Carbon Gas Power Plant Just Came Online in Texas
Hey, it works!
By Dan Bier
June 14, 2018

Hey, it works!

Dispatches
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
Dispatches
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
When lives are on the line, inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.
By Brandon Stewart
August 21, 2018

When lives are on the line, inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.

Dispatches
“I'd Like to Build My Own Coffin”
“I'd Like to Build My Own Coffin”
Dispatches
“I'd Like to Build My Own Coffin”
How the founders of the "coffin clubs" got started – and their advice for others.
September 20, 2018

How the founders of the "coffin clubs" got started – and their advice for others.

Dispatches
A Hidden Benefit of Banned Antimicrobial Soap: Treating Cystic Fibrosis Infections
A Hidden Benefit of Banned Antimicrobial Soap: Treating Cystic Fibrosis Infections
Dispatches
A Hidden Benefit of Banned Antimicrobial Soap: Treating Cystic Fibrosis Infections
The FDA banned triclosan from hand soap, but new research shows that it can supercharge old antibiotics.
By Chris Waters
November 30, 2018

The FDA banned triclosan from hand soap, but new research shows that it can supercharge old antibiotics.

Superhuman
Prosthetics as Fashion: Designers Transform Prosthetic Leg Covers into Wearable Art
prosthetic leg covers
Superhuman
Prosthetics as Fashion: Designers Transform Prosthetic Leg Covers into Wearable Art
Alleles is a premier boutique where amputees can be fitted for fashionable limb covers that make their prosthetic limbs stylish and eye-catching. These designers hope their fashions will help reduce the stigma that comes with prosthetics.
By Teresa Carey
September 6, 2019

MaCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda’s design studio, Alleles, began as an unorthodox college thesis project. It is now a premier boutique where amputees can be fitted for fashionable limb covers that make their prosthetic limbs stylish and eye-catching. These designers hope their fashions will help reduce the stigma that comes with prosthetics.

Longreads
Fixing the Way We Fund Science
Fixing the Way We Fund Science
Longreads
Fixing the Way We Fund Science
Basic science funding is a mess. Fixing it could radically improve the pace of innovation.
By Dan Bier
March 12, 2019

Basic science funding is a mess. Fixing it could radically improve the pace of innovation.

Superhuman
Wearable Robotic Suits Could Be Coming to a Store Near You
Wearable Robotic Suits Could Be Coming to a Store Near You
Superhuman
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. Asbeck is a real-life Tony Stark. He is an engineer building wearable robots for performance enhancement. He says the…

Future of Cities
Paving the Way With Recycled Roads
Paving the Way With Recycled Roads
Future of Cities
Paving the Way With Recycled Roads
The world is facing a massive build up of waste. But this solution of recycled roads may pave the way for a cleaner future.
By B. David Zarley
September 12, 2019

A recycled road has been paved with asphalt that contains the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of plastic bags, along with thousands of glass bottles and printer cartridges’ worth of waste toner. In addition to the sheer amount of recycled materials the process will divert away from landfills, these longer-lasting roads also help to reduce the carbon footprint of construction.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Reasons to Feel Good About Humanity
This Week in Ideas: Reasons to Feel Good About Humanity
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Reasons to Feel Good About Humanity
A paralyzed woman runs a half marathon in an exoskeleton, Sri Lanka defeats malaria, incomes are rising. Here's some good…
By Mike Riggs
September 16, 2016

A paralyzed woman runs a half marathon in an exoskeleton, Sri Lanka defeats malaria, incomes are rising. Here's some good news since most of what we hear is just the bad.

Future of Cities
The Future of Micromobility in Africa
The Future of Micromobility in Africa
Future of Cities
The Future of Micromobility in Africa
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, improvements to infrastructure shift focus from cars to micromobility. The city’s transportation plan calls for hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways for increased safety.
By B. David Zarley
September 18, 2019

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, improvements to infrastructure shift focus from cars to micromobility. The city’s transportation plan calls for hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways for increased safety.

Women Leaders
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Women Leaders
Female Scientists Were Written out of History Books. Margaret Rossiter Changed That.
Margaret Rossiter has made it her lifework to spotlight female scientists who were written out of history books through systematic censorship. Read our Q&A with this groundbreaking historian.
By Teresa Carey
October 13, 2019

Margaret Rossiter has made it her lifework to spotlight female scientists who were written out of history books through systematic censorship. Read our Q&A with this groundbreaking historian.

The New Space Race
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
The New Space Race
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
Billions spent on projects of questionable benefit - like the plan to capture an asteroid - raises the question: Should…
By Mike Riggs
October 14, 2016

Billions spent on projects of questionable benefit - like the plan to capture an asteroid - raises the question: Should NASA take a back seat in the 21st century space race?

Science
Using Neuroscience to Talk to People in a Vegetative State
Using Neuroscience to Talk to People in a Vegetative State
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Science
Using Neuroscience to Talk to People in a Vegetative State
A scientist figures out how to talk to the brain when the body won't respond.
Watch Now
July 4, 2018

People who suffer extreme brain trauma sometimes fall into what is known as a "persistent vegetative state." What is a vegetative state and how is it different from a coma? Unlike a coma, where the patient is completely immobile and unconscious, people in a vegetative state will sleep, wake, and open their eyes — without showing any sign of awareness or consciousness. They don't speak, move on their own, or…

Dispatches
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember
Dispatches
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember
Scientists have figured out how to hack the brain's memory.
By Dan Bier
April 3, 2018

Scientists have figured out how to hack the brain's memory.

Technology
Prosthetics Enter a New Age of Beautiful Form and Incredible Function
Prosthetics Enter a New Age of Beautiful Form and Incredible Function
Technology
Prosthetics Enter a New Age of Beautiful Form and Incredible Function
For centuries, prosthetics didn't change much at all, but the past 10 years has seen an incredible leap forward in…
By Mike Riggs
August 31, 2016

For centuries, prosthetics didn't change much at all, but the past 10 years has seen an incredible leap forward in the way they look and work.

Dispatches
Driverless Cars Go Off-roading
Driverless Cars Go Off-roading
Dispatches
Driverless Cars Go Off-roading
Computer-game simulations can train self-driving cars to navigate in the real world.
By Matthew Doude, Christopher Goodin, and Daniel Carruth
November 8, 2018

Computer-game simulations can train self-driving cars to navigate in the real world.

How Do We Scale Bionic Technology?
How Do We Scale Bionic Technology?
How Do We Scale Bionic Technology?
Right now, assistive bionic technology is really cool and really expensive. This is how it will get better and cheaper.
By Mike Riggs
September 8, 2016

Right now, assistive bionic technology is really cool and really expensive. This is how it will get better and cheaper.

Future of Food
The First GMO Salmon is Coming to a Store Near You
The First GMO Salmon is Coming to a Store Near You
Future of Food
The First GMO Salmon is Coming to a Store Near You
After a 30-year struggle, Atlantic salmon modified with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon has been approved by the FDA. Its producers say it solves problems related to climate change, ocean pollution, and food scarcity. Skeptics call it playing god. Both call it the Frankenfish.
By Amelia Jaycen
August 26, 2019

After a 30-year struggle, Atlantic salmon modified with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon has been approved by the FDA. Its producers say it solves problems related to climate change, ocean pollution, and food scarcity. Skeptics call it playing god. Both call it the Frankenfish.

Global Impact
Uganda Begins Massive New Ebola Vaccine Study
Uganda Begins Massive New Ebola Vaccine Study
Global Impact
Uganda Begins Massive New Ebola Vaccine Study
The Ebola outbreak in the Congo is now the second deadliest on record. How can we stop the devastation? A study in Uganda could hold the key for a new vaccine.
By B. David Zarley
September 10, 2019

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now the second deadliest on record. The epicenter is in North Kivu, a conflict-torn province which shares borders with Rwanda and Uganda. Ugandan Ebola cases were the first to cross borders from the current Congo outbreak. Now, a new trial study in Uganda could hold the key to stopping the spread of this devastating disease.

Fossil Finds
What Dinosaur Poop Tells Us About Ancient Life
What Dinosaur Poop Tells Us About Ancient Life
Fossil Finds
What Dinosaur Poop Tells Us About Ancient Life
Coprolite, aka dinosaur poop, is giving scientists a surprising glimpse into the world of the dinosaurs. Learn what industry leader Karen Chin has been learning from dino dung.
By Tien Nguyen
October 4, 2019

Coprolite, aka dinosaur poop, is giving scientists a surprising glimpse into the world of the dinosaurs. Learn what industry leader Karen Chin has been learning from dino dung.

Culture
This Army Sergeant Started a 24-Hour Hotline For Service Members with PTSD
This Army Sergeant Started a 24-Hour Hotline For Service Members with PTSD
Culture
This Army Sergeant Started a 24-Hour Hotline For Service Members with PTSD
First Sgt. Landon Jackson battled with severe PTSD and turned his experience into a 24 hour hotline that gives service…
By Mike Riggs
September 21, 2016

First Sgt. Landon Jackson battled with severe PTSD and turned his experience into a 24 hour hotline that gives service members an outlet whenever they need it.

Social Change
Dad Builds Amusement Park for Daughter
Dad Builds Amusement Park for Daughter
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Social Change
Dad Builds Amusement Park for Daughter
This dad couldn’t find a theme park that worked for his daughter with special needs - so he built one.
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September 6, 2019

Imagine seeing your child struggling or completely unable to enjoy normal recreational activities. Water parks, merry-go-rounds, theme parks - all childhood activities that unfortunately, many kids don’t not get to experience. Gordon Hartman couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter, a person with special needs. So he did one any father would do. Using the money from the sale of his successful insurance business, he created one. Hartman built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs in San Antonio, Texas called Morgan’s Wonderland. And this massive, “ultra-accessible” amusement park has all of us wanting to buy tickets.

A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking
A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking
A Lay Person's Guide to Biohacking
We're living in a golden age of people exploring high and low tech methods to optimize our bodies.
By Mike Riggs
August 26, 2016

We're living in a golden age of people exploring high and low tech methods to optimize our bodies.

This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a...
This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a Massive Mars Rocket
This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a...
An incredible medical breakthrough, Google ups the ante, and the SpaceX Mars rocket. These are our favorite stories of the…
By Mike Riggs
September 30, 2016

An incredible medical breakthrough, Google ups the ante, and the SpaceX Mars rocket. These are our favorite stories of the week.

Superhuman
The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
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Superhuman
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. 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 training. And racing. And breaking records. What he didn’t realize is how much…

Dispatches
Researchers Want to Create A Traffic Cop for the Sky
Researchers Want to Create A Traffic Cop for the Sky
Dispatches
Researchers Want to Create A Traffic Cop for the Sky
A new kind of radar could direct drone traffic safely around city skies.
By Dan Bier
April 13, 2018

A new kind of radar could direct drone traffic safely around city skies.

Dispatches
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA
Dispatches
Scientists Finally Get a Look at Enzyme that Protects DNA
We finally have a detailed picture of an enzyme that could play a key role in fighting both aging and…
By Dan Bier
April 25, 2018

We finally have a detailed picture of an enzyme that could play a key role in fighting both aging and cancer

Dispatches
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency
Dispatches
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is an age-old problem, but new techniques from archaeology may be the key to catching it early.
By Megan Brickley
August 7, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency is an age-old problem, but new techniques from archaeology may be the key to catching it early.

Catalysts
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism
Catalysts
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism
Over 600,000 people will leave prison this year; here's how we can help them never return.
By Dan Bier
February 26, 2019

Over 600,000 people will leave prison this year; here's how we can help them never return.

Future of Food
A Look Inside Farms of the Future
A Look Inside Farms of the Future
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Future of Food
A Look Inside Farms of the Future
With a growing population, changing consumption behavior and a climate crisis, how will we feed our future world? The answer…
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August 19, 2019

With a growing population, changing consumption behavior and a climate crisis, how will we feed our future world? The answer may not be increasing resources--land, water, and employees--but rather improving production efficiency. The key question: How do we increase the amount of food we produce while using the same or fewer resources? In the first episode of our original series, Future of Food, we take a look at sustainable agriculture.…

Seachange
How to Save the Coral Reefs
How to Save the Coral Reefs
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Seachange
How to Save the Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are the foundation of ocean life, and yet 50% of them have been lost. Here’s why coral reefs are dying and what one group is doing to stop it.
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September 24, 2019

In the face of a changing climate, coral reefs are dying all over the world. Coral reefs make up the foundation of ocean life, and yet 50% of them have been lost in the last three decades. Are coral reefs in danger of disappearing forever? A group of innovative researchers and divers is racing against the clock to save them.

Science
The Ebola Vaccine Is Still Working 2 Years Later
The Ebola Vaccine Is Still Working 2 Years Later
Science
The Ebola Vaccine Is Still Working 2 Years Later
The vaccine works great at preventing infection—let’s hope it can also prevent media panic too.
By Dan Bier
April 24, 2018

The vaccine works great at preventing infection—let’s hope it can also prevent media panic too.

Dispatches
We Found the Oldest Human Virus: It's Familiar (but Weird)
We Found the Oldest Human Virus: It's Familiar (but Weird)
Dispatches
We Found the Oldest Human Virus: It's Familiar (but Weird)
The discovery cracks open a 7,000-year history of human-virus warfare. And it's raising weird questions.
By Dan Bier
May 10, 2018

The discovery cracks open a 7,000-year history of human-virus warfare. And it's raising weird questions.

Dispatches
Spraying Bacteria onto the Skin Can Treat Eczema
Spraying Bacteria onto the Skin Can Treat Eczema
Dispatches
Spraying Bacteria onto the Skin Can Treat Eczema
The bacteria in your microbiome ward off infections and help keep your skin healthy.
By Dan Bier
May 23, 2018

The bacteria in your microbiome ward off infections and help keep your skin healthy.

What to Expect at the First Cyborg Olympics
What to Expect at the First Cyborg Olympics
What to Expect at the First Cyborg Olympics
The event will seek to answer one of the most interesting technology questions of the early 21st century: How close…
By Mike Riggs
September 7, 2016

The event will seek to answer one of the most interesting technology questions of the early 21st century: How close are we to integrating humans with machines?

Dispatches
Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Dispatches
Study Shows Schizophrenia Begins in the Womb, Unraveling a Genetic Mystery
Half of genes linked to schizophrenia are primarily involved in the placenta, not the brain.
By Dan Bier
June 7, 2018

Half of genes linked to schizophrenia are primarily involved in the placenta, not the brain.

Dispatches
Supercharging Photosynthesis Can Grow 40% More Food
Supercharging Photosynthesis Can Grow 40% More Food
Dispatches
Supercharging Photosynthesis Can Grow 40% More Food
We need a lot more calories to feed a growing world, and these scientists may have figured out how to…
By Amanda Cavanagh
January 4, 2019

We need a lot more calories to feed a growing world, and these scientists may have figured out how to get them.

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in Brooklyn…
By Michelle Frankfurter
April 19, 2019

Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in Brooklyn as they responded to a recent shooting in a nearby neighborhood.

What it Takes
A Dangerous Job: Snake Milkers Risk Their Lives to Save Others
A Dangerous Job: Snake Milkers Risk Their Lives to Save Others
What it Takes
A Dangerous Job: Snake Milkers Risk Their Lives to Save Others
A very small number of very daring people are responsible for all of the world’s antivenom.
By Brandon Stewart
June 20, 2019

A very small number of very daring people are responsible for all of the world’s antivenom.

Dope Science
Scientists Sidestep Restrictions on Cannabis Research by Taking Their Lab Mobile
Scientists Sidestep Restrictions on Cannabis Research by Taking Their Lab Mobile
Dope Science
Scientists Sidestep Restrictions on Cannabis Research by Taking Their Lab Mobile
This mobile lab, run by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, is one of several workarounds developed by US…
By Tien Nguyen
July 12, 2019

This mobile lab, run by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, is one of several workarounds developed by US researchers to study cannabis outside the confines of campus, where federal law has stymied research of the drug.

Missing Words
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
Missing Words
A Language Goes Extinct Every Two Weeks. Here’s a Plan to Save Them.
Volunteers worldwide are documenting the world's rarest languages in a project called Wikitongues.
By Teresa Carey
September 18, 2019

Volunteers worldwide are documenting the world's rarest languages in a project called Wikitongues. Over a thousand volunteers (and counting) from around the world make videos of people speaking their native language — introducing themselves, providing an oral history, or just talking about their culture — then upload it to an online database. The archive is available on the web as a free language encyclopedia. Soon they will also be available at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

New Space Race
How Do We Respond to Crimes in Space?
How Do We Respond to Crimes in Space?
New Space Race
How Do We Respond to Crimes in Space?
As talk of space colonization heats up, is it time to have a serious conversation about conflict resolution in a…
By Mike Riggs
November 9, 2016

As talk of space colonization heats up, is it time to have a serious conversation about conflict resolution in a place where few rules or laws exist?

Challengers
Four Crazy Ideas From the Golden Age of Nuclear
Four Crazy Ideas From the Golden Age of Nuclear
Challengers
Four Crazy Ideas From the Golden Age of Nuclear
For a couple decades people thought nuclear power was the answer to pretty much everything. And they came up with…
By Mike Riggs
December 14, 2016

For a couple decades people thought nuclear power was the answer to pretty much everything. And they came up with some ideas we’ll generously call visionary.

Superhuman
The Emerging Cyborg
The Emerging Cyborg
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Superhuman
The Emerging Cyborg
Alec McMorris is testing one of the world’s most advanced prosthetics - an AI powered bionic leg.
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August 28, 2019

Alec McMorris is testing one of the world’s most advanced prosthetics - an AI powered bionic leg. See how Dr. Tommaso Lenzi and the Bioengineering Lab at the University of Utah are revolutionizing life for people who require artificial limbs.

Social Change
The Guardian Angel for Separated Families
The Guardian Angel for Separated Families
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Social Change
The Guardian Angel for Separated Families
What happens to children of immigrants when their parents are deported out of the United States? This woman is stepping in, and is now the legal guardian of 1500 immigrant children. Watch now to see the incredible efforts of Nora Sandigo.
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October 1, 2019

What happens to children of immigrants when their parents are deported out of the United States? This woman is stepping in, and is now the legal guardian of 1500 immigrant children. Watch now to see the incredible efforts of Nora Sandigo.

Dispatches
Robots Are Mass Producing Mini-Organs
Robots Are Mass Producing Mini-Organs
Dispatches
Robots Are Mass Producing Mini-Organs
Robots can make hundreds of tiny copies of your organs, allowing doctors to test many different treatments at the same…
By Dan Bier
May 22, 2018

Robots can make hundreds of tiny copies of your organs, allowing doctors to test many different treatments at the same time.

Dispatches
An Insulin Pill Could Change Everything for Diabetics
An Insulin Pill Could Change Everything for Diabetics
Dispatches
An Insulin Pill Could Change Everything for Diabetics
A pill instead of a needle would be the "holy grail" for diabetes treatment.
By Dan Bier
July 3, 2018

A pill instead of a needle would be the "holy grail" for diabetes treatment.

Will Robots Steal Our Jobs?
Will Robots Steal Our Jobs?
Will Robots Steal Our Jobs?
Could exoskeletons help us do our jobs? Should we actually be afraid of robots taking our jobs? These are the…
By Mike Riggs
September 2, 2016

Could exoskeletons help us do our jobs? Should we actually be afraid of robots taking our jobs? These are the latest stories from the frontlines of the robotic world.

Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.
September 17, 2018

A century after its discovery, insulin is still incredibly expensive, but DIY bio-manufacturing could change that in a big way.

Dispatches
We're Mapping 100 Trillion Human Cells (and All of Their Genes)
We're Mapping 100 Trillion Human Cells (and All of Their Genes)
Dispatches
We're Mapping 100 Trillion Human Cells (and All of Their Genes)
The "Human BioMolecular Atlas" will map the active genes in over 200 types of cells and 80 different organ systems.
By Mark Atkinson
November 1, 2018

The "Human BioMolecular Atlas" will map the active genes in over 200 types of cells and 80 different organ systems.

Inspiring
These Hero Pups Are Helping Veterans and Prisoners Heal
These Hero Pups Are Helping Veterans and Prisoners Heal
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Inspiring
These Hero Pups Are Helping Veterans and Prisoners Heal
Hero Pups is an organization providing support dogs for military veterans and first responders. Now, prison inmates are helping train them - with great results.
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May 2, 2019

Hero Pups is an organization providing support dogs for military veterans and first responders. Now, prison inmates are helping train them - with great results. In this video, Freethink reporter Michael O’Shea meets a veteran of the Iraq War who was struggling with PTSD. He was fortunate enough to receive a service dog from Hero Pups, and it’s helped relieve the stress and anger that used to keep him from…

Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?
Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?
Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?
Companies gather to discuss impact of A.I. A possible neural lace breakthrough. And unmanned cargo ships. This is the coolest…
By Mike Riggs
September 9, 2016

Companies gather to discuss impact of A.I. A possible neural lace breakthrough. And unmanned cargo ships. This is the coolest stuff we've read this week.

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison
The Ride Home from Prison
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison
The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure…
By Amanda Winkler
April 18, 2019

The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure a smooth transition in those first few critical hours.

Catalysts
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore
Catalysts
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore
“Everyone - no matter their age, race, or background - needs a network of supportive relationships to help them thrive.”
May 23, 2019

“Everyone - no matter their age, race, or background - needs a network of supportive relationships to help them thrive.”

Self-Driving Cars are Finally Here. Sort Of.
Self-Driving Cars are Finally Here. Sort Of.
Self-Driving Cars are Finally Here. Sort Of.
Uber rolled out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, but they're not totally autonomous. Yet. Under Pennsylvania law, every car still needs…
By Mike Riggs
September 20, 2016

Uber rolled out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, but they're not totally autonomous. Yet. Under Pennsylvania law, every car still needs an operator.

This Week in Ideas: Using Drones for Medicine, Fighting Zika, Re-Imagining Passwords
This Week in Ideas: Using Drones for Medicine, Fighting Zika, Re-Imagining Passwords
This Week in Ideas: Using Drones for Medicine, Fighting Zika, Re-Imagining Passwords
Reimagining how we get medicine to people, using genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika, and selfies as passwords. These are…
By Mike Riggs
October 20, 2016

Reimagining how we get medicine to people, using genetically modified mosquitoes to fight Zika, and selfies as passwords. These are the stories that got us talking.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Fighting Addiction With Implants, Using VR to Educate, Amazon...
This Week in Ideas: Fighting Addiction With Implants, Using VR to Educate, Amazon Prime Gets Primer
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Fighting Addiction With Implants, Using VR to Educate, Amazon...
An arm implant to treat opioid addiction, teaching hair stylists with VR, and a potential Amazon Prime game changer.
By Mike Riggs
December 2, 2016

An arm implant to treat opioid addiction, teaching hair stylists with VR, and a potential Amazon Prime game changer.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New...
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way to Pay for a Ride
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New...
Amazon's new grocery store, Adobe's new tech can make you say anything, and pay for the bus by watching an…
By Mike Riggs
December 10, 2016

Amazon's new grocery store, Adobe's new tech can make you say anything, and pay for the bus by watching an ad.

Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
We’re now starting to scratch the surface of the true potential of virtual reality.
By Mike Riggs
December 29, 2016

We’re now starting to scratch the surface of the true potential of virtual reality.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Embryonic People-Pigs, the Glories of the Hubble Telescope,...
This Week in Ideas: Embryonic People-Pigs, the Glories of the Hubble Telescope, and American Cyber-Security
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Embryonic People-Pigs, the Glories of the Hubble Telescope,...
A step toward human organs in animal embryos, the Hubble Telescope was a game changer, and Americans aren't doing much…
By Mike Riggs
January 27, 2017

A step toward human organs in animal embryos, the Hubble Telescope was a game changer, and Americans aren't doing much to protect themselves online.

Coded
Meet the Digital Bodyguard for Investigative Journalists
Meet the Digital Bodyguard for Investigative Journalists
Coded
Meet the Digital Bodyguard for Investigative Journalists
Smári McCarthy discusses his job protecting the work of journalists investigating organized crime and corruption
By Mike Riggs
February 2, 2017

Smári McCarthy discusses his job protecting the work of journalists investigating organized crime and corruption

Dispatches
Glowing Cancer Cells Could Find Hidden Tumors (And Replace Mammograms)
Glowing Cancer Cells Could Find Hidden Tumors (And Replace Mammograms)
Dispatches
Glowing Cancer Cells Could Find Hidden Tumors (And Replace Mammograms)
A new pill can make cancer cells glow under infrared light, and it could eliminate for mammograms.
By Dan Bier
May 1, 2018

A new pill can make cancer cells glow under infrared light, and it could eliminate for mammograms.

Dispatches
Organic Solar Is (Finally) Efficient Enough to Compete
Organic Solar Is (Finally) Efficient Enough to Compete
Dispatches
Organic Solar Is (Finally) Efficient Enough to Compete
Reliable power straight from the sun looks more achievable than ever.
By Dan Bier
May 3, 2018

Reliable power straight from the sun looks more achievable than ever.

Science
Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore
Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore
Science
Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore
How might your life change if you lost an arm? After losing his right arm in an electrical accident, Jason…
By Blake Snow
May 7, 2018

How might your life change if you lost an arm? After losing his right arm in an electrical accident, Jason wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to drum again.

Dispatches
Two Billion People Have TB. What Should We Do about It?
Two Billion People Have TB. What Should We Do about It?
Dispatches
Two Billion People Have TB. What Should We Do about It?
In the fight against TB, sometimes it's better to just get along.
By Dan Bier
May 15, 2018

In the fight against TB, sometimes it's better to just get along.

Dispatches
Emergency Braking Was Disabled During Self-driving Uber Fatality: Feds
Emergency Braking Was Disabled During Self-driving Uber Fatality: Feds
Dispatches
Emergency Braking Was Disabled During Self-driving Uber Fatality: Feds
Uber turned off the emergency braking function in its self-driving cars because of "erratic vehicle behavior."
By Dan Bier
May 25, 2018

Uber turned off the emergency braking function in its self-driving cars because of "erratic vehicle behavior."

Dispatches
Tesla Fixed Its Model 3 Brakes with Software – And Showed Us the Future of Cars
Tesla Fixed Its Model 3 Brakes with Software – And Showed Us the Future of Cars
Dispatches
Tesla Fixed Its Model 3 Brakes with Software – And Showed Us the Future of Cars
Consumer Reports failed the Model 3's braking system. A week later, Tesla beamed a fix to the entire fleet.
By Dan Bier
May 31, 2018

Consumer Reports failed the Model 3's braking system. A week later, Tesla beamed a fix to the entire fleet.

Dispatches
Does CRISPR Cause Cancer?
Does CRISPR Cause Cancer?
Dispatches
Does CRISPR Cause Cancer?
Two studies find that CRISPR'd cells tend to become cancerous. Here's what that means for biotech medicine.
By Dan Bier
June 13, 2018

Two studies find that CRISPR'd cells tend to become cancerous. Here's what that means for biotech medicine.

Dispatches
Living Drugs May Be the Key to Beating Genetic Disease
Living Drugs May Be the Key to Beating Genetic Disease
Dispatches
Living Drugs May Be the Key to Beating Genetic Disease
Engineering bacteria in the microbiome could fix previously untreatable genetic disorders.
By Pedro Belda Ferre
December 14, 2018

Engineering bacteria in the microbiome could fix previously untreatable genetic disorders.

Global Health
Could Another Measles Outbreak Open up Pandora’s Box?
Could Another Measles Outbreak Open up Pandora’s Box?
Global Health
Could Another Measles Outbreak Open up Pandora’s Box?
The global resurgence of measles has sparked renewed scientific interest in this old foe. If the theory — which is contested — turns out to be true, a measles infection could be less an isolated bout of illness and more a Pandora’s box.
By B. David Zarley
October 11, 2019

The global resurgence of measles has sparked renewed scientific interest in this old foe. If the theory — which is contested — turns out to be true, a measles infection could be less an isolated bout of illness and more a Pandora’s box.

The New Space Race
Here's What Happens to the Human Body in Outer Space
Here's What Happens to the Human Body in Outer Space
The New Space Race
Here's What Happens to the Human Body in Outer Space
As the idea of colonizing space becomes mainstream, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling in outer space does…
By Mike Riggs
October 20, 2016

As the idea of colonizing space becomes mainstream, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling in outer space does some crazy stuff to our bodies.

The New Space Race
The Market for Tiny Satellites Is Going to Be Huge
The Market for Tiny Satellites Is Going to Be Huge
The New Space Race
The Market for Tiny Satellites Is Going to Be Huge
Fleets of small satellites can gather far more accurate and timely data than conventional satellites. And investors are taking notice.
By Mike Riggs
October 25, 2016

Fleets of small satellites can gather far more accurate and timely data than conventional satellites. And investors are taking notice.

Science
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?
Science
Why Don't We Believe Extreme Weather Forecasts?
Research shows people don't take extreme weather predictions seriously. And don't take the necessary precautions as a result.
By Mike Riggs
October 27, 2016

Research shows people don't take extreme weather predictions seriously. And don't take the necessary precautions as a result.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to...
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to Set a Very Strange World Record
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to...
Uber's self-driving beer truck, how a chatbot can help the grieving process, and more of our favorite stories from the…
By Mike Riggs
October 28, 2016

Uber's self-driving beer truck, how a chatbot can help the grieving process, and more of our favorite stories from the week.

Coded
Meet the Programmer Who Defied the FBI
Meet the Programmer Who Defied the FBI
Coded
Meet the Programmer Who Defied the FBI
Ladar Levison spent 10 years building his business, then destroyed it all in one night when the FBI came knocking.
By Mike Riggs
January 24, 2017

Ladar Levison spent 10 years building his business, then destroyed it all in one night when the FBI came knocking.

On the Cusp
The Real Mother of Dragons
The Real Mother of Dragons
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On the Cusp
The Real Mother of Dragons
Meet the scientists using dragon blood to fight superbugs
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July 21, 2017

If you thought dragons existed only in the domain of historical fantasy fiction like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, think again. Dragons are real and their blood just may be our biggest hope when it comes to tomorrow's antibiotics. Dragons Are Real The largest of any earthly lizard, Komodo dragons walk the earth to this day. They’re not only real, but they’re also much like their larger,…

Future of Food
It’s Time to Embrace the Frankenfish
It’s Time to Embrace the Frankenfish
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Future of Food
It’s Time to Embrace the Frankenfish
Would you eat fish that was genetically designed in a lab? What if it was your only option? Like it or not, GMO salmon and other futuristic foods are revolutionizing the global food system right in front of our eyes.
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August 26, 2019

Bioengineered fish have been known to cause mixed feelings. Unnatural, right? Well, after 30 years of debate on whether we should be eating “Frankenfish,” this funky food source is finally coming to a store near you. Like it or not, GMO salmon and possibly other genetically engineered animal meats will soon be on the shelves of your local supermarket. And, these new futuristic foods may be revolutionizing the global food…

Pop Revolution
How Skate Punks are Ushering in a New Era of Freedom in Myanmar
How Skate Punks are Ushering in a New Era of Freedom in Myanmar
Pop Revolution
How Skate Punks are Ushering in a New Era of Freedom in Myanmar
For decades, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by a repressive military junta. Then, in 2011, things began to…
By Michael O'Shea
April 26, 2017

For decades, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by a repressive military junta. Then, in 2011, things began to change.

On the Cusp
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine
On the Cusp
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine
From virtual hearts to immersive battlefields, doctors and scientists are using virtual reality to transform medicine
By Brandon Stewart
September 22, 2017

From virtual hearts to immersive battlefields, doctors and scientists are using virtual reality to transform medicine

Dispatches
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
Dispatches
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
A new discovery upends what we thought we knew about premature births and could point the way to entirely new…
By Dan Bier
April 26, 2018

A new discovery upends what we thought we knew about premature births and could point the way to entirely new solutions to prevent them.

Dispatches
Precision Medicine Cured an “Untreatable” Stage IV Breast Cancer
Precision Medicine Cured  an “Untreatable” Stage IV Breast Cancer
Dispatches
Precision Medicine Cured an “Untreatable” Stage IV Breast Cancer
Two years ago, she had two months to live.
By Dan Bier
June 15, 2018

Two years ago, she had two months to live.

Superhuman
Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
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Superhuman
Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
Could linking our brains to computers allow the mind to control the world outside of our bodies?
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August 23, 2016

Conor Russomanno’s interest in his own brain started with a bump on his head. A concussion he sustained during a game of rugby altered his perception of the world for months afterward. And that change got him thinking about the relationship between his physical brain and the way he thinks. To help him better understand himself--and to help other people understand themselves--he partnered with Joel Murphy to start OpenBCI--which is…

Dispatches
Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars
Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars
Dispatches
Tesla and Uber Fatalities Show the Limits of “Semi-Autonomous” Cars
How can we make humans pay attention when a machine is doing our job for us?
By Dan Bier
April 3, 2018

How can we make humans pay attention when a machine is doing our job for us?

Dispatches
New Tech Makes Fresh Produce Last Twice as Long
New Tech Makes Fresh Produce Last Twice as Long
Dispatches
New Tech Makes Fresh Produce Last Twice as Long
The plant-based preservative could radically change the game on food waste.
By Dan Bier
June 25, 2018

The plant-based preservative could radically change the game on food waste.

Dispatches
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
Dispatches
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.
By John Herlihy
July 24, 2018

Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.

Dispatches
A New Stem Cell Treatment Can Heal Burns, Bedsores, and Diabetic Ulcers
A New Stem Cell Treatment Can Heal Burns, Bedsores, and Diabetic Ulcers
Dispatches
A New Stem Cell Treatment Can Heal Burns, Bedsores, and Diabetic Ulcers
In addition to healing injuries, the approach could be useful for repairing skin damage, countering the effects of aging, and…
September 24, 2018

In addition to healing injuries, the approach could be useful for repairing skin damage, countering the effects of aging, and modeling skin cancer.

Coded
Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
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Coded
Hacker Hero Arrested by FBI
Was MalwareTech just doing research to stop criminal activity or engaging in criminal activity himself?
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October 12, 2017

Why This Hacker Was Arrested The super-secretive hacker known as MalwareTech became famous when he dismantled the WannaCry computer virus, one of the most alarming privacy threats in recent memory. But the praise was cut short when the hacker was arrested by the FBI for creating a virus that gave digital thieves access to people’s banking credentials. Was he just doing research to stop criminal activity or engaging in criminal…

Dispatches
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer
Dispatches
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer
More than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime; new discoveries are helping them fight…
By Duane Mitchell
October 2, 2018

More than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime; new discoveries are helping them fight back.

Dispatches
A New Kind of Headset “Hears” Words You Don’t Say
A New Kind of Headset “Hears” Words You Don’t Say
Dispatches
A New Kind of Headset “Hears” Words You Don’t Say
The project, named AlterEgo, intentionally crosses the line between what's "out there" and what's in your head.
By Dan Bier
October 4, 2018

The project, named AlterEgo, intentionally crosses the line between what's "out there" and what's in your head.

Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated…
June 7, 2019

For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated in a clinical setting.

Thinking Differently
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the...
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the Spectrum of Human Diversity?
Thinking Differently
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the...
Rethinking Autism: Interview with NeuroTribes Author Steve Silberman
May 17, 2019

Rethinking Autism: Interview with NeuroTribes Author Steve Silberman

Seachange
Researchers Found a Species of Stony Coral Ready to Withstand Climate Change
Researchers Found a Species of Stony Coral Ready to Withstand Climate Change
Seachange
Researchers Found a Species of Stony Coral Ready to Withstand Climate Change
At current trends, more than 90% of the world’s coral reefs will be massively degraded by 2050. Researchers have found a species of stoney coral that has sparked new efforts for coral reef restoration.
By Teresa Carey
September 27, 2019

At current trends, more than 90% of the world’s coral reefs will be massively degraded by 2050. Researchers have found a species of stoney coral that has sparked new efforts for coral reef restoration.

Superhuman
Father Makes 3D Heart for Daughter
Father Makes 3D Heart for Daughter
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Superhuman
Father Makes 3D Heart for Daughter
When a father’s daughter was diagnosed with a heart disease, he set out to design an innovative 3D model of a heart that doctors could explore in virtual reality to save her life and thousands more.
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September 21, 2017

Any father would do whatever it takes to save their child’s life. So when Steve Levine found out that his daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, he started thinking of any way he could help. The problem was that his daughter was born with reversed left and right ventricles, the weaker of which would run the risk of giving out as she aged. She had a pacemaker installed…

Entrepreneurship
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses
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Entrepreneurship
How San Francisco Residents Saved Local Businesses
An indie book store went from struggling to thriving with a new business model. Is it the future of retail?
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April 3, 2019

Borderlands Books is the largest English-language sci-fi, mystery, and horror book store in the world. Mission: Comics and Art is a combination comic book shop and art gallery. Both were preparing to close up shop in a tough retail environment as costs rose. Alan Beatts called a community meeting of his customers. A new idea came out of it - selling store memberships. After an outpouring of support, he sold…

Our Changing Planet
Preparing for Climate Change
Preparing for Climate Change
Our Changing Planet
Preparing for Climate Change
Climate change is increasingly reshaping our world, but communities across America aren’t losing hope — they’re taking action. Learn how 18 communities are using science to guide community-based decision-making.
By Teresa Carey
October 7, 2019

Climate change is increasingly reshaping our world, but communities across America aren’t losing hope — they’re taking action. Learn how 18 communities are using science to guide community-based decision-making.

Superhuman
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
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Superhuman
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
VR has long been seen as an escape from the real world. But recently researchers have been putting an unexpected twist on that. They’re now exploring how VR could provide an escape from an unfortunate reality many face everyday: chronic pain.
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May 15, 2018

Opioid addictions have become a dangerous side effect for many that take medications to treat chronic pain. To address this, doctors are exploring alternatives to prescriptions pain medicine. As part of this movement, Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles has spear-headed some pretty fascinating research. He and his team are using virtual reality to reduce pain. Not only is it surprisingly effective when a patient has the…

Culture of Change
Drone Racers Are A Thing and They’re Amazing
Drone Racers Are A Thing and They’re Amazing
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Culture of Change
Drone Racers Are A Thing and They’re Amazing
Blistering speed. Big money. 11-year-old world champions. Is drone racing the next big sport?
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May 25, 2019

Yes, drone racers are a thing and they’re amazing. The Drone Racing League has gone from a dream to ESPN in a few short years. We met world champion Paul Nurkalla, aka Nurk FPV, and got an inside look at how the DRL is striving to be the next big sports league. Somewhere between esports, NASCAR and Star Wars sits drone racing, also known as FPV racing. It’s a breathtakingly…

Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt
Angels of Debt
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Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt
These ex-bill collectors got John Oliver's attention and started a movement. They're buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of strangers' medical debt and erasing it.
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June 28, 2019

The average American is one medical accident away from being destroyed financially. These bill collectors woke up to the brutality of their industry - and are using their insider knowledge to save strangers from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Jerry Ashton was a debt collector working on Wall Street when the Occupy Wall Street movement started. He became interested, and eventually partnered with them and his friend Craig…

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…

Crossing the Divide
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.
Crossing the Divide
Americans Are Divided. These People Are Doing Something About It.
Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to…
By Dan Hayes
June 4, 2017

Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to forge connections

Dispatches
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Dispatches
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.
By David Pride and Chandrabali Ghose
October 10, 2018

Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.

Dispatches
What's the Deal with the Giant Mosquitoes after Hurricanes?
What's the Deal with the Giant Mosquitoes after Hurricanes?
Dispatches
What's the Deal with the Giant Mosquitoes after Hurricanes?
These suckers grow to be three times larger than other mosquitoes, but they may not be as bad as you…
By Michael Reiskind
October 12, 2018

These suckers grow to be three times larger than other mosquitoes, but they may not be as bad as you think.

Dispatches
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
Dispatches
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."
By Brook Muller
December 4, 2018

"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."

3 Ways To Think About the Future
3 Ways To Think About the Future
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3 Ways To Think About the Future
Why don’t we have a moon base? A cartoonist and a scientist explain.
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November 20, 2018

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic and Kelly Weinersmith, professor and scientist, explain how to think about the future - a focus of their new illustrated book “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.” The New York Times best-selling book has been praised for its exciting and nuanced looks at ten technologies that could change the world dramatically. In this interview, they explain their…

Helping Prisoners Overcome Trauma with Dance
Helping Prisoners Overcome Trauma with Dance
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Helping Prisoners Overcome Trauma with Dance
Women in prison are regaining a sense of freedom — through dance.
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November 28, 2018

Dance to Be Free is a program helping female prisoners overcome trauma with dance. While the inmates at the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections are physically incarcerated, the freedom that comes through dance helps them open up, enjoy themselves, and regain self-confidence. Founder Lucy Wallace began teaching dance in prison in order to help inmates, who often had unaddressed PTSD from physical or emotional trauma, regain ownership over their…

Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
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Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
This nonprofit is doing the impossible - finding the 10% of gang members responsible for 90% of the crime, and leading them to successful, positive lives.
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July 10, 2019

“Society gave up on us” - but this community didn’t. Meet UTEC, the organization breaking the cycle of recidivism by helping hardened previously imprisoned gang members walk a better path in Lowell, Massachusetts. UTEC - or United Teen Equality Center - is a non-profit dedicated to stopping gang violence. Obviously, it’s not easy - in Lowell, MA there are over 25 gangs operating, and many gang members have been in…

Dispatches
The First Private Moonshot Is Ready to Launch
The First Private Moonshot Is Ready to Launch
Dispatches
The First Private Moonshot Is Ready to Launch
The Israeli group's moon mission will be ride-sharing on a SpaceX rocket.
By John Horack
January 31, 2019

The Israeli group's moon mission will be ride-sharing on a SpaceX rocket.

Superhuman
The Experimental Procedure That Can Reverse Blindness
The Experimental Procedure That Can Reverse Blindness
Superhuman
The Experimental Procedure That Can Reverse Blindness
Doctors told Vanna she was permanently blind. But thanks to an experimental procedure, she can see.
By Mike Riggs
September 12, 2016

Doctors told Vanna she was permanently blind. But thanks to an experimental procedure, she can see.

Catalysts
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food...
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food Competition
Catalysts
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food...
“T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.” Yo Stay Hungry competitions are simple: teams of contestants prepare dishes mentioned in…
By Amanda Winkler
June 27, 2019

“T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.” Yo Stay Hungry competitions are simple: teams of contestants prepare dishes mentioned in rap lyrics, coached by a professional chef mentor.

Catalysts
This Woman is On a Mission to Turn Beer into Food
This Woman is On a Mission to Turn Beer into Food
Catalysts
This Woman is On a Mission to Turn Beer into Food
Jacquie Berglund is using the profits from her beer company to buy organic produce from local farmers and distribute the produce to food banks in the area.
By Teresa Carey
August 23, 2019

Jacquie Berglund considers herself more of a wine drinker than a beer drinker, yet she is building an empire around the beer brand, Finnegans. When Berglund purchased the brand for only a dollar, she knew that if Finnegans were to make an impact, the beer needed to be in every pub in Minnesota. Now you can find Finnegans in four Midwest states. But Finnegans is more than a beer company.…

Crossing Borders
Chico MacMurtrie's Art Transcends the Southern Border
Chico MacMurtrie's Art Transcends the Southern Border
Crossing Borders
Chico MacMurtrie's Art Transcends the Southern Border
If all goes to plan, six robotic sculptures will arc across the border dividing El Paso and Ciudad Juárez in the fall of 2020.
By B. David Zarley
September 23, 2019

If all goes to plan, six robotic sculptures will arc across the border dividing El Paso and Ciudad Juárez in the fall of 2020.

Culture
How a Sci-Fi Enthusiast Decided to Memorialize His Best Friend
How a Sci-Fi Enthusiast Decided to Memorialize His Best Friend
Culture
How a Sci-Fi Enthusiast Decided to Memorialize His Best Friend
The story of how one man gave his space-loving best friend a final resting place in the final frontier.
By Mike Riggs
November 3, 2016

The story of how one man gave his space-loving best friend a final resting place in the final frontier.

This is Our Superhuman Future
This is Our Superhuman Future
This is Our Superhuman Future
With Thanksgiving winding down, take some time to join us on a journey to the frontier of medical technology.
By Mike Riggs
November 24, 2016

With Thanksgiving winding down, take some time to join us on a journey to the frontier of medical technology.

The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
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The Badass Army Fighting Revenge Porn
They’re tracking down people who post revenge porn - and getting justice.
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February 15, 2019

Sharing nude selfies with partners is increasingly common. Too often, though, these images end up posted online without consent. BADASS Army is an army of volunteers getting these images taken down and punishing people who upload them without consent—whether they’re exes posting revenge porn, a hacker releasing them, or someone stealing them through other means. What is Revenge Porn? Revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual image sharing (NCIS), is a…

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
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#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Prosecutors are afforded a wide array of discretion within the criminal justice system and wielding that discretion appropriately could mean ending America’s mass incarceration problem.
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April 16, 2019

Emily Bazelon's new book Charged: The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration is an incredible tour de force that guides readers through America's broken criminal justice system through the eyes of two young people as they go through the system. The book reveals the breathtaking amount of power prosecutors wield in our modern legal system and highlights the ways that some reform-minded District Attorneys are using…

Superhuman
Helping Kids Walk With Wearable Robots
Helping Kids Walk With Wearable Robots
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Superhuman
Helping Kids Walk With Wearable Robots
Exoskeletons aren't just science fiction anymore. Wearable robots are helping kids with cerebral palsy walk.
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June 5, 2018

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common movement disorder in children, and nearly half of kids with CP can't walk own their own. As bones grow and muscles set incorrectly, walking becomes progressively more difficult. Extensive and repeated surgeries are often required to provide relief, but they can't solve the underlying problem. Now, engineers in the Biomechatronics Lab at Northern Arizona University are hoping that robots can lend a hand.…

Challengers
Meet the Startup Developing Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
Meet the Startup Developing Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
Challengers
Meet the Startup Developing Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
The story of Vicarious' mission to build the world's first human-level artificial intelligence and use it to help humanity thrive.
By Mike Riggs
December 6, 2016

The story of Vicarious' mission to build the world's first human-level artificial intelligence and use it to help humanity thrive.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love...
This Week in Ideas: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love Actually Actually Good?
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love...
Our weekly take on the best stuff from around the web.
By Mike Riggs
December 22, 2016

Our weekly take on the best stuff from around the web.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Saying Goodbye to Lab Rats and Replacing Bees with Drones
This Week in Ideas: Saying Goodbye to Lab Rats and Replacing Bees with Drones
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Saying Goodbye to Lab Rats and Replacing Bees with Drones
Breakthrough could mean the end of test animals, violent crime nearly cut in half, and drones that pollinate flowers.
By Michael O'Shea
February 10, 2017

Breakthrough could mean the end of test animals, violent crime nearly cut in half, and drones that pollinate flowers.

The App That Sniffs Out Censorship
The App That Sniffs Out Censorship
The App That Sniffs Out Censorship
Created by the Tor Project, the app gives internet users a new way to monitor and report online censorship around…
By Michael O'Shea
February 14, 2017

Created by the Tor Project, the app gives internet users a new way to monitor and report online censorship around the world.

Future of Food
Inside the World of Gourmet Lab Meat
Inside the World of Gourmet Lab Meat
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Future of Food
Inside the World of Gourmet Lab Meat
A future of eating meat without ethical or environmental implications is more real than ever before. But will people eat it food grown in a lab?
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September 3, 2019

A future of eating meat without ethical or environmental implications is more real than ever before. While plant-based alternatives are growing in popularity, the real black horse with game-changing potential seems to be actual meat… grown in science labs. The question at this point is not whether this approach is viable or scalable, but simply: will people want to eat it?

Funding Health Care with Coffee
Funding Health Care with Coffee
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Funding Health Care with Coffee
What if your daily coffee helped save a life?
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February 8, 2019

Pheo Coffee isn’t your everyday coffee company — it’s paying for critical medical treatments in developing countries. Founder and physician Larry Istrail saw that millions of people worldwide were suffering because they couldn’t pay for basic medical care — while in America we're drinking millions of cups of coffee a day. He decided to make a difference by starting a coffee company whose proceeds would go toward creating a sustainable…

Rise
The Untold Story of Rio’s Largest Favela
The Untold Story of Rio’s Largest Favela
Rise
The Untold Story of Rio’s Largest Favela
Meet the proud, hopeful, ambitious people determined to build the life they’ve dreamed of.
By Michael O'Shea
April 14, 2017

Meet the proud, hopeful, ambitious people determined to build the life they’ve dreamed of.

Dispatches
CRISPR Can Diagnose Zika (and Ebola) with Just a Strip of Paper
CRISPR Can Diagnose Zika (and Ebola) with Just a Strip of Paper
Dispatches
CRISPR Can Diagnose Zika (and Ebola) with Just a Strip of Paper
We could be on our way to a fast, reliable, portable test for almost any virus or cancerous mutation.
By Dan Bier
May 14, 2018

We could be on our way to a fast, reliable, portable test for almost any virus or cancerous mutation.

Coded
Disrupting Money
Disrupting Money
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Coded
Disrupting Money
Can a bitcoin entrepreneur on house arrest convince the world it’s the currency of the future?
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February 20, 2017

Charlie Shrem went from multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Shrem was a Bitcoin pioneer. And it paid off big time. Until he was sent to jail for allowing a customer to resell bitcoin on Silk Road. Now, he’s out and wants to convince the world that Bitcoin is the future of finance.

Dispatches
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
Dispatches
The Cause (and Possible Cure) for Most Infertility
Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.
By Dan Bier
May 16, 2018

Fertility medicine may be on the edge of a breakthrough.

Dispatches
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological...
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders
Dispatches
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological...
There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."
By Dan Bier
May 29, 2018

There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."

Dispatches
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?
Dispatches
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?
Our best tool for preventing disease is the least effective in the places where it's most needed.
By Dan Bier
June 1, 2018

Our best tool for preventing disease is the least effective in the places where it's most needed.

Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Building a new, community-based foster care system
By Brandon Stewart
May 1, 2019

Building a new, community-based foster care system

Future of Food
Clean Meat: A New Protein is Making its Way onto the Chef's Table
Clean Meat: A New Protein is Making its Way onto the Chef's Table
Future of Food
Clean Meat: A New Protein is Making its Way onto the Chef's Table
Clean meat is becoming a more widely known, and much loved food category. But do you expect to see it on your gourmet plate any time soon? These chefs think yes.
By B. David Zarley
September 3, 2019

Clean meat is becoming a more widely known, and much loved food category. But do you expect to see it on your gourmet plate any time soon? These chefs think yes.

CATALYSTS
Life Jackets Are Used to Create Jewelry, Opportunity for Refugees
Life Jackets Are Used to Create Jewelry, Opportunity for Refugees
CATALYSTS
Life Jackets Are Used to Create Jewelry, Opportunity for Refugees
Hordes of bright orange lifejackets are strewn across the rocky beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. Discarded after a…
By Teresa Carey
September 20, 2019

Hordes of bright orange lifejackets are strewn across the rocky beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. Discarded after a perilous journey at sea, they exemplify the risk that refugees are willing to take in search of a better life. Men, women, and children arrive at Lesbos by the hundreds — sometimes, as many as 500 in one day. Many come across the Mediterranean, where war or other factors threaten…

Sustainability
These Scientists Extract Plastic From Bacteria
These Scientists Extract Plastic From Bacteria
Sustainability
These Scientists Extract Plastic From Bacteria
By 2050, there may be more plastic by weight in the ocean than there are fish. Canadian innovator Luna Yu hopes to change this by turning waste into biodegradable plastics.
By Teresa Carey
September 27, 2019

By 2050, there may be more plastic by weight in the ocean than there are fish. To add to that, 1.3 billion tons of the food produced each year globally is wasted or lost. Canadian innovator Luna Yu hopes to transform these problems by turning waste into biodegradable plastics.

This week in ideas: How VR changes our dreams, a stem cell miracle, and the shoes...
This week in ideas: How VR changes our dreams, a stem cell miracle, and the shoes of the future
This week in ideas: How VR changes our dreams, a stem cell miracle, and the shoes...
Virtual reality users experience more lucid dreams, a paralyzed man gets movement back, and self-lacing shoes. These are our favorite…
By Mike Riggs
September 23, 2016

Virtual reality users experience more lucid dreams, a paralyzed man gets movement back, and self-lacing shoes. These are our favorite stories this week.

Culture
The Fake Disease That Saved Rome's Jews
The Fake Disease That Saved Rome's Jews
Culture
The Fake Disease That Saved Rome's Jews
Dr. Giovanni Borromeo dreamed up a brilliant scheme that saved dozens of Jewish families in Rome from Nazi persecution.
By Mike Riggs
October 5, 2016

Dr. Giovanni Borromeo dreamed up a brilliant scheme that saved dozens of Jewish families in Rome from Nazi persecution.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: A $1 Microscope, Healing Our Divisions, Planet Earth is Back
This Week in Ideas: A $1 Microscope, Healing Our Divisions, Planet Earth is Back
Culture
This Week in Ideas: A $1 Microscope, Healing Our Divisions, Planet Earth is Back
Democratizing microscopes, how we heal our political divisions, and BBC's Planet Earth returns. These are our favorite stories of the…
By Mike Riggs
November 11, 2016

Democratizing microscopes, how we heal our political divisions, and BBC's Planet Earth returns. These are our favorite stories of the week.

The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race
The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race
It’s been 44 years since a human stepped on the moon, and a new generation of entrepreneurs is laying the…
By Mike Riggs
November 26, 2016

It’s been 44 years since a human stepped on the moon, and a new generation of entrepreneurs is laying the groundwork for us to go back.

Superhuman
Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease
Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease
Superhuman
Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease
Karen Aiach isn't a doctor and has never worked in medicine. But when doctors said her daughter wouldn't live past…
By Mike Riggs
August 14, 2016

Karen Aiach isn't a doctor and has never worked in medicine. But when doctors said her daughter wouldn't live past adolescence, she knew she had to get to work.

Catalysts
Racing out of Homelessness
Racing out of Homelessness
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Catalysts
Racing out of Homelessness
This running club that meets at 5:45am is helping the homeless transform their lives.
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July 31, 2019

It’s 5am in New York City. Most people aren’t awake yet; a few might still be up from the night before. But a group of people with a special organization is gathering for a morning run. Back on My Feet is a nonprofit community that’s helping people struggling with homelessness or recovering from drug addiction begin their journey towards self-sufficiency: employment, housing, and a sustainable income. While members might not…

Challengers
Three Reasons We Don't Have More Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Three Reasons We Don't Have More Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Challengers
Three Reasons We Don't Have More Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Many think of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island when they hear nuclear power. But nuclear's struggle to gain a foothold…
By Freethink Team
December 14, 2016

Many think of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island when they hear nuclear power. But nuclear's struggle to gain a foothold in the U.S. is more nuanced than isolated safety problems.

Challengers
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Challengers
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could…
By Mike Riggs
December 21, 2016

Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could be a way to do it.

Sponsored
Rebuilding Coal Country
Rebuilding Coal Country
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Sponsored
Rebuilding Coal Country
Meet the nonprofit bringing jobs back to coal country.
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August 20, 2018

Coalfield Development is a nonprofit on a mission to unlock the resources and potential of coal country. Partnering with local entrepreneurs, they've helped launch six new businesses and trained hundreds of workers across Appalachia. They provide education and training for unemployed workers, from college courses to trade skills, and partner with businesses to help them succeed on the job. The coal jobs might not be coming back, but they believe…

Dispatches
How Coffee Could Treat Diabetes
How Coffee Could Treat Diabetes
Dispatches
How Coffee Could Treat Diabetes
Someday, diabetics could use caffeine to trigger insulin production, thanks to specially designed kidney cells.
By Dan Bier
June 26, 2018

Someday, diabetics could use caffeine to trigger insulin production, thanks to specially designed kidney cells.

Superhuman
Reprogramming Your Immune System to Fight Cancer
Reprogramming Your Immune System to Fight Cancer
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Superhuman
Reprogramming Your Immune System to Fight Cancer
Your T cells already know how to kill cancer. These doctors can train them to hunt it down.
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June 19, 2018

Josh Feldman was on his honeymoon when he felt a lump on his neck. Returning home after the best month of his life, his doctor gave him the news: non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. There was no cure, and it was about to get much worse. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy failed to stop his tumors from growing, Josh went to see Dr. John Timmerman, an oncologist at UCLA who is trying something…

The New Space Race
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
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The New Space Race
Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.
At XCOR, the dream of taking regular commercial flights to space is alive and well.
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October 5, 2016

At its peak, NASA’s shuttle flew to space a few times a year. XCOR wants to be something more like Southwest Airlines for space. They're working on a spacecraft prototype with a very ambitious goal: four daily flights to space, five days a week. If XCOR is successful, they could take more people to space in six months than NASA did in 30 years.

Superhuman
The Promise of Gene Therapy
The Promise of Gene Therapy
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Superhuman
The Promise of Gene Therapy
When Karen was told her daughter had an incurable disease, she started a gene therapy company to find a cure.
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August 14, 2016

When doctors told Karen there was no cure for her daughter’s brain disease, she took matters into her own hands. With no scientific background, she created a gene therapy business that can fix the faulty genes in patients like her daughter. Now she’s racing against the clock to extend her daughter’s life and improve the lives of others.

Superhuman
The World’s First Bionic Drummer
The World’s First Bionic Drummer
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Superhuman
The World’s First Bionic Drummer
Jason Barnes lost his arm in a horrible accident. Then he became the fastest drummer in the world...
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April 18, 2018

Jason Barnes lost his arm in a horrible accident... and then he became the fastest drummer in the world. Now he’s working with doctors and engineers who are designing ultrasound sensors that could give him back fine motor control. Join us as he sits down to play piano for the first time since his accident. Today, the one-armed drummer has his sights set on conquering his next musical instrument: the…

Catalysts
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?
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Catalysts
Could This Be the Future of Foster Care?
Take a look inside a town built for foster families
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May 1, 2019

Peppers Ranch is a community of a dozen families raising at least five foster kids. Is it a model for providing better foster care to more kids? In this episode of Catalysts, we visit Peppers Ranch and meet some of the people and families who call it home. We talk to foster child Scott, who was close to aging out of foster care but unprepared to live on his own.…

On The Fringe
Growing Human Organs in Pigs
Growing Human Organs in Pigs
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On The Fringe
Growing Human Organs in Pigs
Twenty people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant. There aren’t enough organs for the 100,000…
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January 4, 2018

Twenty people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant. There aren’t enough organs for the 100,000 people waiting for one. And there likely never will be… unless we can find a better way to source them. Enter: the pigs. A team of scientists has figured out how to grow human organs in pigs. It might make you feel weird. But it also might save countless lives.

On The Fringe
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Freezing Bodies for the Future
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On The Fringe
Freezing Bodies for the Future
Alcor CEO Max More knows most people don't believe cryonics will work. But More thinks we can't afford not to try.
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January 11, 2018

In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to be frozen on the hope that, one day, medicine will advance far enough to once again bring them back from the dead. While many may scoff at the idea, supporters feel taking a bet on a long shot is better than the alternative.

Superhuman
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
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Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
A virtual world offers a new way to engage with kids on the spectrum.
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June 12, 2018

When their autistic son fell in love with a virtual reality headset, Vibha and Vijay Ravindran got an idea: could this unlimited digital world help people who have trouble engaging in the physical world? Together, they founded a company called Floreo to develop VR programs for people with developmental disabilities, helping them break free from the constraints of their bodies and the typical pressures of their learning environment. Like many…

Dispatches
23andMe Can (Finally) Tell You about Your Genetic Cancer Risk
23andMe Can (Finally) Tell You about Your Genetic Cancer Risk
Dispatches
23andMe Can (Finally) Tell You about Your Genetic Cancer Risk
23andMe has won the right to tell you what your genes say about you. It's a landmark legal achievement that…
By Dan Bier
April 11, 2018

23andMe has won the right to tell you what your genes say about you. It's a landmark legal achievement that could help usher in a new age of personalized medicine.

Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's…
By Mike Riggs
September 1, 2016

The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's now offering the same chance to others.

Dispatches
FDA Approves the First Marijuana-based Drug
FDA Approves the First Marijuana-based Drug
Dispatches
FDA Approves the First Marijuana-based Drug
The drug has been proven effective at reducing seizures from certain types of childhood epilepsy.
By Dan Bier
July 2, 2018

The drug has been proven effective at reducing seizures from certain types of childhood epilepsy.

Dispatches
Will Probiotics Cure Cholera?
Will Probiotics Cure Cholera?
Dispatches
Will Probiotics Cure Cholera?
MIT scientists say eating good bacteria can prevent, cure, and diagnose cholera—cheaply.
By Dan Bier
July 5, 2018

MIT scientists say eating good bacteria can prevent, cure, and diagnose cholera—cheaply.

Catalysts
The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
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Catalysts
The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
After his dad died, he struggled in high school and ended up getting a DUI. Stuck in dead-end jobs, he responded to a nonprofit’s post for free skilled labor training - and his whole life changed.
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August 14, 2019

The Master’s Apprentice is an organization that recruits young people from rough backgrounds - and gives them the skills to find quality careers in the trades. “There’s a huge gap between youth looking for an opportunity... and businesses looking for quality employees.” It’s been a problem for a long time. Urban youth without college educations find few opportunities, and often get stuck in menial jobs. On the other hand, many…

Dispatches
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
Dispatches
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
UV light destroys bacterial DNA from the inside out, eradicating the toughest pathogens in minutes.
By Dan Bier
July 6, 2018

UV light destroys bacterial DNA from the inside out, eradicating the toughest pathogens in minutes.

Superhuman
A Life Changed by Robotic Legs
A Life Changed by Robotic Legs
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Superhuman
A Life Changed by Robotic Legs
Robert is paralyzed. But thanks to a robotic exoskeleton, he can walk again.
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September 4, 2016

After an accident, Robert Woo was paralyzed from the chest down. Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair and in therapy. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop asking one very simple question: How could humans build skyscrapers, but not something better than a wheelchair? Then Woo heard about bionic exoskeletons. And it changed his life.

Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way: cancer-killing viruses.
By Hemant Khanna
February 8, 2019

The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way: cancer-killing viruses.

Catalysts
This Social Enterprise is Cleaning Up Chicago One Street at a Time
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Catalysts
This Social Enterprise is Cleaning Up Chicago One Street at a Time
This nonprofit is not only polishing the streets of Chicago, but providing a "clean slate" for its interns. Those with a criminal background, dealing with addiction recovery, or domestic violence, are welcome to take part in job training and counseling.
By B. David Zarley
September 30, 2019

It's a muggy Wednesday morning in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, the temperature and humidity rising before the sun. Lena, decked out in her eye-catching slate shirt and chartreuse vest, leans slightly out into the busy rush-hour traffic, sweeping litter (wrappers, cups, lots of cigarette butts) from the gutter into her dustpan. On the sidewalk, she empties her collection into a cart. As she moves down the street, cleaning curbs, sidewalks,…

Superhuman
Meet the Wounded Veteran Using Bionics to Take Back His Independence
Meet the Wounded Veteran Using Bionics to Take Back His Independence
Superhuman
Meet the Wounded Veteran Using Bionics to Take Back His Independence
Jerral lost his left arm in Iraq. Now he's working with a team from Johns Hopkins to test a prosthetic…
By Mike Riggs
September 19, 2016

Jerral lost his left arm in Iraq. Now he's working with a team from Johns Hopkins to test a prosthetic arm that works by reading signals in his skin.

Dope Science
Take a Trip to Johns Hopkins' New Psychedelic Research Center
Take a Trip to Johns Hopkins' New Psychedelic Research Center
Dope Science
Take a Trip to Johns Hopkins' New Psychedelic Research Center
Johns Hopkins is throwing its considerable clout behind the fast-growing field of psychedelic research, pouring $17 million into a research center to study the hallucinogenic drugs.
By B. David Zarley
October 12, 2019

Johns Hopkins is throwing its considerable clout behind the fast-growing field of psychedelic research, pouring $17 million into a research center to study the hallucinogenic drugs.

The New Space Race
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer
The New Space Race
Why This Startup Believes 3D Printing in Space Will Be a Game Changer
Sending things into space is really expensive. But what if we didn't have to? What if everything in space was…
By Mike Riggs
October 17, 2016

Sending things into space is really expensive. But what if we didn't have to? What if everything in space was made in space?

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's...
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's Cancer Vaccine
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's...
Google releases some beautiful VR, human trials of gene-editing technology CRISPR, and importing Cuba's cancer vaccine.
By Mike Riggs
November 20, 2016

Google releases some beautiful VR, human trials of gene-editing technology CRISPR, and importing Cuba's cancer vaccine.

Challengers
This Startup Wants to Make Everything You Buy Cheaper
This Startup Wants to Make Everything You Buy Cheaper
Challengers
This Startup Wants to Make Everything You Buy Cheaper
Flexport's app is built to make global trade easier. If they're successful, it could mean everything you buy will cost…
By Mike Riggs
November 29, 2016

Flexport's app is built to make global trade easier. If they're successful, it could mean everything you buy will cost less.

Technology
How Drones are Changing Disaster Relief
How Drones are Changing Disaster Relief
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How Drones are Changing Disaster Relief
As Hurricane Florence hits, here's a look at how drones are changing disaster relief.
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December 22, 2017

Drone technology is fundamentally changing the way we respond to natural disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, rescue teams used drones extensively to map and triage affected areas, while utility and cellular providers used them to inspect damage and prioritize repairs. Cheap to operate and with the ability to cover widespread areas, drones are changing the game when it comes to cleaning up disaster zones. Already credited with saving…

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016
Despite 2016 being widely panned, there were also truly good things that happened over the past year. Here are some…
By Mike Riggs
December 30, 2016

Despite 2016 being widely panned, there were also truly good things that happened over the past year. Here are some of the big ones.

Superhuman
The 3D-printed helmet that can read your mind. Could it change the world?
The 3D-printed helmet that can read your mind. Could it change the world?
Superhuman
The 3D-printed helmet that can read your mind. Could it change the world?
OpenBCI has developed technology that allows you to control the world outside your body with your brain waves.
By Mike Riggs
August 22, 2016

OpenBCI has developed technology that allows you to control the world outside your body with your brain waves.

Coffin-Building Club Helps Seniors Face Death and Enjoy Life
Coffin-Building Club Helps Seniors Face Death and Enjoy Life
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Coffin-Building Club Helps Seniors Face Death and Enjoy Life
These seniors are tackling the stigma around death by decorating their own coffins.
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July 10, 2018

Most people are afraid to even talk about death, but New Zealand’s Kiwi Coffin Club is facing it head on. Founded by Katie Williams, a former midwife and hospice nurse, members build and then decorate their own customized coffins as a way of celebrating their lives and highlighting their unique personalities. "Death's pretty natural, you know," says Williams. "It shouldn't be a frightening sort of situation. It's part of living."…

The Dad Changing How We Investigate Police Shootings
The Dad Changing How We Investigate Police Shootings
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The Dad Changing How We Investigate Police Shootings
After his son was killed by police, Michael Bell fought for over a decade to change how we investigate police shootings.
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October 11, 2018

For over a decade, ever since police killed his son, Michael Bell has been trying to get an independent investigation into the shooting — and he's fighting to make sure that every family is entitled to one, whenever police use lethal force. In November 2004, his son, Michael Bell, Jr., was pulled over in front of his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for an alleged traffic violation. Although a dashcam video…

Teaching Engineering with Dirt Bikes
Teaching Engineering with Dirt Bikes
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Teaching Engineering with Dirt Bikes
This teacher is using dirt bikes to help Baltimore's kids learn STEM.
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October 31, 2018

Baltimore’s kids are obsessed with dirt bikes. Some people think that's a problem, but teacher Brittany Young is using dirt bikes to get kids into engineering and STEM education. Her organization, B-360 Baltimore, aims to use dirt bike culture to help end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and bring together communities — while giving dirt bikes a better reputation. Dirt bikes are a controversial issue in…

Cafe Momentum
This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
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Cafe Momentum
This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
Cafe Momentum offers an alternative to the revolving doors at Texas jails.
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November 5, 2018

Chef Chad Houser was a rising star in the Dallas restaurant scene, but after volunteering with kids in the criminal justice system, he felt a calling to do more. He gave up his job to start Cafe Momentum, a restaurant staffed by kids from the criminal justice system. They’re given year-long paid internships where they are taught the skills to succeed in restaurants and society. It’s his way of trying…

Grandkids on Demand
Grandkids on Demand
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Grandkids on Demand
A new service provides “grandkids on demand.”
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November 21, 2018

Seniors often need help or companionship - but there might not be anyone to call. Papa is a new service that connects them with college students for help with household tasks, transportation, technology--and companionship. This allows seniors to maintain independence and stay in their homes rather than assisted living facilities. It also provides college students with a great way to earn extra cash and develop work experience on a flexible…

Science
Fighting Superbugs with Viruses
Fighting Superbugs with Viruses
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Fighting Superbugs with Viruses
This Yale scientist's experimental treatment is a Texas woman's last resort.
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November 27, 2018

Ben Chan searches sewers, lakes, and pig farms all around the world for bacteriophages (bacteria-destroying viruses) that could help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs.” Paige is a young woman in Texas with cystic fibrosis who is suffering from a drug-resistant infection; Ben’s experimental phage therapy is her last resort. We follow Ben as he travels from his laboratory at Yale to Lubbock, Texas, to deliver the treatment —…

How a Smartphone Can Detect a Deadly Disease, without a Lab, for Free
How a Smartphone Can Detect a Deadly Disease, without a Lab, for Free
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How a Smartphone Can Detect a Deadly Disease, without a Lab, for Free
This app tests for anemia, and it's nearly as good as the gold-standard lab test.
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March 9, 2019

Anemia affects up to ⅓ of the world’s population, but tests are expensive and require complicated devices. Now, an app is able to screen for anemia without even drawing blood. It’s the brainchild of Rob Mannino, a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology who has anemia himself. He wanted to fight the disease, so he teamed up with Wilbur Lam, an associate professor at Emory. Recognizing the number…

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
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#fixingjustice - Re-entry
This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
Doing prison time changed this Wall Street trader’s life. Now he’s helping others get jobs after prison - and stay out for good.
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April 18, 2019

Richard Bronson’s story could inspire a movie—and that’s not far from what happened. He worked for the firm depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street before getting charged with financial crimes and spending 2 years in prison. While incarcerated, his eyes were opened to the inequities prisoners faced and how daunting re-entry to society was. He decided to do something about it. He started the website 70 Million Jobs,…

SAP and Uber
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking
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SAP and Uber
A Quiet Revolution in Trucking
She’s a veteran, a single mom, and a trucker, who used to have to wait around for hours for her cargo. Now, a revolutionary solution from SAP and Uber Freight is getting her back on the road and home to her son sooner.
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April 29, 2019

She’s a veteran, a single mom, and a trucker, who used to have to wait around for hours for her cargo. Now, a revolutionary solution from SAP and Uber Freight is getting her back on the road and home to her son sooner. Almost every good we use was at some point transported by truck drivers. Trucking is a $700 billion dollar industry in America, employing millions of people. However,…

Clean Decisions
Hope After Prison
Hope After Prison
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Clean Decisions
Hope After Prison
This former inmate is cleaning up his city and helping other ex-cons turn their lives around.
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June 8, 2019

When Will Aliva got out of prison, he’d paid his debt to society - but that didn’t help him pay his bills. Like many ex-cons, he struggled to find companies that would take a chance on hiring him. Too often, this roadblock results in ex-cons winding up back behind bars as they turn to old illegal activities to make ends meet. He decided to tackle the problem head on and…

Challengers
Five Insights: Linc Gasking On What Every Startup Should Be Shooting For
Five Insights: Linc Gasking On What Every Startup Should Be Shooting For
Challengers
Five Insights: Linc Gasking On What Every Startup Should Be Shooting For
Linc Gasking, co-founder of VR startup 8i, discusses the day-to-day grind and big picture excitement of being an entrepreneur.
By Mike Riggs
December 28, 2016

Linc Gasking, co-founder of VR startup 8i, discusses the day-to-day grind and big picture excitement of being an entrepreneur.

Wrong
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions
Wrong
3 Times Our Brightest Minds Made Bad Predictions
Some of the predictions might look outlandish now, but at the time they actually seemed quite plausible.
By Michael O'Shea
April 10, 2017

Some of the predictions might look outlandish now, but at the time they actually seemed quite plausible.

Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs
Giving Animals New Legs
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Innovation
Giving Animals New Legs
Derrick Campana is a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again with artificial limbs.
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May 3, 2019

Derrick Campana isn’t your typical... anything. He’s a prosthetics engineer helping animals walk again - or walk for the first time - with artificial limbs. In the old days when an animal had a broken leg, they would often be euthanized--and only if they were very lucky would they wind up with a leg cast. Derrick Campana wants to put those days in the past. He’s creating prosthetics and casts…

Move the World
Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted
Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted
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Move the World
Giving Homeless People Something Most of Us Take for Granted
This one small thing can mean the difference between a spot in a shelter or sleeping on the streets, a job or no job, a place to eat or going without food.
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July 9, 2019

“Welcome to the land of broken dreams” Just a few years ago, there were only 16 public showers available for 7,500-12,000 homeless people across the city of San Francisco. This left most of them with no place to shower, use the restroom, or a place to get privacy. A hot shower means a fresh, clean, and renewed start. Cleanliness can be the difference between a spot in a shelter or…

Interview
This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma
This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma
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This Child Psychiatrist Is Saving Refugees From Trauma
With the right intervention at the right time, a trauma can be recorded in the memory as non-traumatic and in many cases the devastating effects of PTSD in children refugees can be avoided.
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July 12, 2019

Essam Daod is a child psychiatrist using a groundbreaking approach to help Syrian refugee children handle their trauma effectively by narrowing in on the key moment that can prevent PTSD in children. The world news over the past few years has been filled with coverage of the Syrian civil war. Caught in the crossfire of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and various rebel and terror groups, millions of Syrians have fled…

Technology
Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO
Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO
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Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO
Despite getting death threats from the Taliban, Roya Mahboob realized her dream of a successful career in tech.
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May 2, 2017

As a girl growing up in Afghanistan, Roya Mahboob was offered few opportunities for a life outside the home. Her conservative society had limited options for women and actively discouraged dreaming bigger. But Roya knew she wanted more. When she went to an internet cafe as a teenager and saw a world outside of her town, she realized technology could be her ticket to the life she dreamed of. Roya…

Technology
eSight Lets the Legally Blind See
eSight Lets the Legally Blind See
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eSight Lets the Legally Blind See
This legally blind man is seeing his wedding for the first time. 15 years after he got married.
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October 11, 2017

Some people who are legally blind can still see, but images can be blurry and in low contrast. eSight has created a headset that can give sight to the blind through three technologies. First, an HD camera captures video. Second, a built in computer increases contrast and clarity. Third and finally, the image is projected on displays in real time. 15 years after marrying his wife, eSight helped a legally…

Dispatches
Unlike Smoking, Vaping Won't Mess With Your Microbiome
Unlike Smoking, Vaping Won't Mess With Your Microbiome
Dispatches
Unlike Smoking, Vaping Won't Mess With Your Microbiome
Smoking kills off good bacteria and upsets the balance of power your gut.
By Dan Bier
April 27, 2018

Smoking kills off good bacteria and upsets the balance of power your gut.

The New Space Race
The New Space Race is Here
The New Space Race is Here
The New Space Race
The New Space Race is Here
Our new show will introduce you to the people and the technology that could make humans a multi-planetary species in…
By Mike Riggs
October 7, 2016

Our new show will introduce you to the people and the technology that could make humans a multi-planetary species in the coming century.

Prison Reform
The Exotic Zoo Run by Prisoners
The Exotic Zoo Run by Prisoners
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Prison Reform
The Exotic Zoo Run by Prisoners
Could zookeeping turn an inmate’s life around? Jeanne Selander who runs the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm thinks so.
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July 31, 2017

“People need to be cared for in order to keep them from corroding,” says Jeanne Selander, who helps run the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. The farm functions as an zoo for exotic animals. But this isn’t a normal zoo. It’s staffed entirely by convicted felons. Selander has seen the experience transform the inmates. The work gives them purpose and being around animals seems to have a calming effect.…

Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating.…
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November 9, 2017

To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and diabetes continued to rise. What happened? How did we get it so… wrong?

Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts
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Catalysts
Introducing Catalysts
It’s time to change how we make change. Join us as we meet inspiring social entrepreneurs who are exploring bold new solutions to big social problems.
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February 19, 2019

How can we make progress on a problem as huge and seemingly intractable as poverty? How can we not? There is no silver bullet to eradicating poverty, but all across the country, a diverse array of social entrepreneurs are doing their part to take on this monumental challenge, building amazing organizations that are having a real impact in their communities. Catalysts, a Freethink original series presented by Stand Together, will…

The Big Idea
Our Cyborg Future is Coming (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)
Our Cyborg Future is Coming (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)
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The Big Idea
Our Cyborg Future is Coming (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)
Hollywood loves to sensationalize merging the body with advanced tech. But will it really be so bad?
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November 13, 2017

Thinking about cyborgs in real life typically conjures thoughts of pop culture works like The Matrix. Terminator. Bladerunner. Hollywood loves to sensationalize merging the body with advanced tech. But will it really be so bad? We sat down with Adam Piore, author of The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human to discuss why we should stop freaking out and embrace our cyborg future. Spend any amount of…

Technology
Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
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Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
Believe it or not, there's a good reason this robot snake exists
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January 16, 2018

When building robots, scientists often struggle to perfect the robot's movements. They turn to the natural world in order to solve this problem, finding inspiration from animals such as spiders, dogs, and even humans. However, studies show that even though we live in a world that is largely built for humans, robots that appear to be too "human-like" make people uneasy. Thus, researchers at Carnegie Melon developed a robot that…

Innovation
Why Prisons are Showing Nature Videos to Inmates
Why Prisons are Showing Nature Videos to Inmates
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Why Prisons are Showing Nature Videos to Inmates
Watching nature videos in the unlikeliest of places
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March 20, 2018

At a maximum security prison in Oregon, select inmates watched 60 minutes of nature videos every day for a year. Inspired by the research of Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, the study was intended to measure the psychological benefits of exposure to nature. The results were incredible. Nearly half the inmates said the images soothed them, while violent acts in the prison dropped by 26%. Additionally, guards reported the inmates seemed…

Catalysts
A Game-Changer for Chronic Homelessness
A Game-Changer for Chronic Homelessness
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Catalysts
A Game-Changer for Chronic Homelessness
He turned a food truck for the homeless into a thriving 51-acre community.
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March 29, 2019

Mobile Loaves & Fishes is an organization with a new approach to tackling homelessness - putting community first. Their Community First! Village provides affordable, long-term housing for the chronically homeless. They find through housing and a community that emphasizes respect and relationships, chronically homeless individuals are able to finally heal from trauma and begin to thrive, work, and live better lives. Social entrepreneur Alan Graham started Mobile Loaves & Fishes…

Dispatches
Linking Genes to Depression Could Revolutionize Treatment
Linking Genes to Depression Could Revolutionize Treatment
Dispatches
Linking Genes to Depression Could Revolutionize Treatment
Saying something is “genetic” used to be a fatalistic diagnosis. But with modern medicine, it could be the key to…
By Dan Bier
April 18, 2018

Saying something is “genetic” used to be a fatalistic diagnosis. But with modern medicine, it could be the key to treatment.

Trailer
Introducing Freethink
Introducing Freethink
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Introducing Freethink
We’re reimagining media for a generation that’s changing the world.
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September 6, 2018

The world is changing. Fast. And it’s changing because people are changing it. People with new ideas and new perspectives. People who aren’t satisfied with the status quo and aren’t afraid to think differently. At Freethink we’re building a movement. Of rebels, hackers, pioneers, idealists, engineers, tinkerers, scientists, geeks, nerds, influencers, outcasts, artists, activists, do-gooders, disruptors, troublemakers, peacemakers, skeptics, challengers, risk takers. And you. We’re reimagining media for a generation…

Wrong
Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
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Wrong
Is Vitamin C a Total Sham
In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want…
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November 23, 2017

In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want to think twice. While it has ballooned into a billion dollar business and crystallized as an all-powerful supplement in our collective conscious, countless studies have showed that Vitamin C’s ability to cure is questionable at best, and may even increase your risk for certain diseases. Did we all really get…

Crossing The Divide
LGBT Rights: The Power of a Single Conversation
LGBT Rights: The Power of a Single Conversation
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Crossing The Divide
LGBT Rights: The Power of a Single Conversation
Why a gay rights activist started a movement to talk to thousands who voted against gay marriage.
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June 12, 2017

After Californians voted against gay marriage in 2008, Dave Fleischer, head of the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, knew he had to do something different to reach people. Dave and his team embarked on an ambitious task to talk to as many people who who disagreed with them as they could. They used a technique called “deep canvassing” where activists connect with people using personal stories to…

Sponsored
How Veterans Help Each Other Heal Through Therapy
How Veterans Help Each Other Heal Through Therapy
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How Veterans Help Each Other Heal Through Therapy
Headstrong believes that trauma is treatable.
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October 10, 2018

Veterans returning home with PTSD often face many of the same stigmas around getting help that civilians face and aren’t always able to access the care they need to recover. But Headstrong, a nonprofit founded by veterans to help other veterans, believes that trauma is treatable. They provide veterans with free access to quality therapists who offer them the tailored support they really need to get better and adjust to…

Science
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
Science
What to Expect In a Post-Meat Future
From advanced plant-based meat alternatives to real meat grown in a lab, the days of eating meat from once-living animals…
By Mike Riggs
September 29, 2016

From advanced plant-based meat alternatives to real meat grown in a lab, the days of eating meat from once-living animals could be numbered.

Science
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…

Catalysts
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
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Catalysts
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Hope House in Denver is changing lives for generations to come.
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June 19, 2019

Teen pregnancy is highly linked to poverty and lower educational outcomes. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, compared with 90% of women without a teen birth. This is a vulnerable population who often have nowhere to turn. Early and effective intervention can give mothers the tools to continue their education and become self-sufficient, giving them a path to self-sufficiency changes lives for…

Catalysts
A School Made for Homeless Children
A School Made for Homeless Children
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Catalysts
A School Made for Homeless Children
When a child faces chaos at home, it's impossible to learn. This school is doing whatever it takes to help homeless students and their families create better lives.
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August 28, 2019

When you think of homelessness, you typically don't picture homeless children. However, every year, approximately 2.5 million children experience homelessness. Homeless children can't learn when they don't know where their next meal is coming from, or what is waiting for them at home. They often struggle in public schools where they feel out of place, or unable to keep up because they've missed schooling in the past. Positive Tomorrows is…

DIY
Treating Diabetes with a DIY Pancreas
Treating Diabetes with a DIY Pancreas
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Treating Diabetes with a DIY Pancreas
A group of coders created an open source, DIY pancreas to help people with diabetes manage their condition.
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February 5, 2018

Diabetes is a high maintenance and high stakes disease requiring constant monitoring and precise decision-making. What if we could outsource that workload to a machine? That’s what one couple decided to do. They made a homemade pancreas that eases the burden of diabetes care… and then released the design to the public for free.

Wrong
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why.…
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November 30, 2017

In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?

Science
Making Tumors Glow to Improve Cancer Surgery
Making Tumors Glow to Improve Cancer Surgery
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Science
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…

Challengers
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities
Challengers
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities
8i takes video and converts it into virtual realities that are nearly indistinguishable from real life.
By Mike Riggs
December 27, 2016

8i takes video and converts it into virtual realities that are nearly indistinguishable from real life.

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Why Cancer Patients Should Get Genetic Sequencing
Why Cancer Patients Should Get Genetic Sequencing
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Why Cancer Patients Should Get Genetic Sequencing
Genomic sequencing saved his live. Now he wants everyone to have access.
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December 21, 2018

After he was diagnosed with life-threatening prostate cancer, Intel’s Bryce Olson sequenced his genome which offered clues to new treatments for his disease. While the current standard of care for cancer patients includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, genetic sequencing opens the door for new possibilities beyond these traditional approaches. Bryce explains his personal mission to encourage others to get their genome sequenced, how to do it, and why cancer patients…

Technology
The "Search Angel" Volunteers Reunite Birth Families
The "Search Angel" Volunteers Reunite Birth Families
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The "Search Angel" Volunteers Reunite Birth Families
For some, not knowing their biological family can feel like a part of them is missing. The Search Squad is helping them for free.
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January 15, 2019

These people are meeting biological relatives for the first time, thanks to a group of volunteers. The Search Squad group on Facebook has around 100 volunteer “search angels” who scour birth records and websites to find the birth relatives of adoptees. Many people who were adopted as children would like to meet their birth relatives, but it can often be an extremely expensive and time-consuming process. Search Squad, on the…

The New Space Race
Preparing for Outer Space
Preparing for Outer Space
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The New Space Race
Preparing for Outer Space
As the tech side of space travel advances, an annual gathering focuses on life off of planet earth.
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November 6, 2016

Twenty years from now, humans could live in space permanently. As companies work feverishly to develop the tech needed for this galactic future, the New Worlds annual gathering brings together space lovers of all ages to brainstorm, fantasize and—more importantly—prepare for life off Earth.

Coded
Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
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Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
Why we should teach kids how to hack and encourage them to use their new-found talents for good.
By Michael O'Shea
April 25, 2017

Why we should teach kids how to hack and encourage them to use their new-found talents for good.

Challengers
How VR Could Change Your Life
How VR Could Change Your Life
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How VR Could Change Your Life
Virtual reality could alter the human experience forever.
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Imagine if you could climb Mount Everest and go on stage at a Beyonce concert with your friends...before breakfast. Linc Gasking and his team of visual effects experts at 8i thinks they can make holograms of humans so real, that VR will go mainstream and they’ll alter the human experience forever.

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Reversing Blindness
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Vanna was legally blind. Now she can see. Hear her inspiring story and meet the amazing doctors who gave her back her sight.
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September 11, 2016

Vanna started to notice a change in her vision. Six months later, she was legally blind. But Vanna never lost hope, and enrolled in an experimental clinical trial. Her doctors injected stem cells from her hip into her optic nerve. Afterwards, she started to regain her vision. Amazingly, Vanna can now see. This is the story of reversing blindness.

Breaking Abuse Victims’ Financial Handcuffs
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This amazing organization is doing whatever it takes to help domestic violence victims survive on their own.
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March 15, 2019

Often the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship is its cost. Without the means to support themselves or their children, or as a result of economic abuse, many people end up suffering domestic violence for far too long. FreeFrom was founded by Sonya Passi, a law student who’d co-founded the Family Violence Appellate Project to provide pro-bono legal representation for survivors of domestic violence. She recognized that many of…

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Meet the Man with the Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm in the World
Meet the Man with the Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm in the World
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Meet the Man with the Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm in the World
Johnny Matheny has been working with doctors at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to test a prosthetic arm that is…
By Mike Riggs
August 29, 2016

Johnny Matheny has been working with doctors at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab to test a prosthetic arm that is controlled with your thoughts.

The New Space Race
Preparing the First Space Colonizers for Life Off of Planet Earth
Preparing the First Space Colonizers for Life Off of Planet Earth
The New Space Race
Preparing the First Space Colonizers for Life Off of Planet Earth
It’s only a matter of time until the average person can explore space. But, will the average person be ready?
By Mike Riggs
November 7, 2016

It’s only a matter of time until the average person can explore space. But, will the average person be ready?

What We Get Wrong About Love
What We Get Wrong About Love
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Why are we so bad at love?
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February 13, 2019

Love is important to all of us - so why aren’t we better at it? Nate Bagley, host of the Loveumentary podcast, interviewed hundreds of successful couples. He found many traditional ideas of love are wrong. In this interview, he explains how to have better relationships and reveals key insights about love that aren’t taught in school. He hopes that by improving our love lives, we can learn to foster…

Pratham
How To Teach Kids to Read in as Little as 50 Days
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How To Teach Kids to Read in as Little as 50 Days
1 in 10 people in the world today are illiterate. This program teaches people to read in as little as 50 days.
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April 11, 2019

1 in 10 people in the world today can’t read. Pratham’s innovative approach is helping kids in developing countries learn to read in as little as 50 days. Pratham’s methodology centers around teaching children based on their level rather than their age or grade. It began in India, where most kids are in school - but many aren’t able to read at grade level. The success of the core approach…

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Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
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Can Genetically Modified Pigs Be the Key to Treating Rare Diseases?
When it comes to rare diseases, doctors often don’t have enough patients to determine the effectiveness of various treatments. Now, scientists are breeding pigs with the same genetic code as people with a disease in order to create a pool of test "patients" unlike any before.
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May 22, 2018

There are thousands of diseases known to modern medicine without any cure or treatment. Many are too rare to get much attention from doctors, governments, or drug companies. But the gene editing tool CRISPR is offering hope for people with rare and hard to study diseases, like the genetic disease known as NF1. There are tens of thousands of Americans with this tumor-causing nerve disease, but because it has over…

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Can Former Bloods and Crips Unite to Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Former Bloods and Crips Unite to Break the Cycle of Violence?
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Can Former Bloods and Crips Unite to Break the Cycle of Violence?
For the children of Dallas, these ex gang leaders may be their only chance.
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September 10, 2019

What do you get when former Bloods and Crips gang leaders come together? Original Gangsters United, a pathway to ending gang opposition, promoting peace, and saving younger generations from senseless violence. Antong Lucky is a former Bloods gang leader in Dallas, Texas. Like most children, Antong never aspired to be a part of a gang or to end up in prison. But sadly, many communities affected by peer pressure and gang violence leave kids with no choice. When Antong left prison, he began working to bring opposing Dallas gang leaders together to put an end to gang violence. And it worked.

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Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing
Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing
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Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing
Police departments around the country are increasingly looking at community policing programs as a tool to help reestablish trust in the communities they serve.
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April 15, 2019

While community policing programs are nothing new, they fell out of popularity after a big push in the early 90s due to shifting priorities and budget crunches of the Great Recession. But with growing scrutiny of police and their often strained relationships with minority communities, police departments are increasingly looking to community policing programs to bridge the gap and rebuild trust. The Rockford Police Department (RPD) is no exception…

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Veterans to the Rescue
Veterans to the Rescue
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Veterans to the Rescue
On the worst day of their lives, these veterans came to help.
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April 24, 2019

Team Rubicon is a group of military veterans who volunteer to respond to natural disasters. They’re helping disaster victims - and helping each other heal. Many people join the military to serve their country, and still feel called to serve after they get out. In some cases, they may have experienced trauma or have PTSD from their time in the armed forces. Enter Team Rubicon, the volunteer organization that’s responded…

Crossing The Divide
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
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Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
When we encounter ideas we don’t like, we often shut them down. Professor John Inazu explains why that’s a bad thing and what we can do to fix it.
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February 26, 2018

When we encounter ideas we don’t like, we often shut them down. John Inazu, the author of Confident Pluralism and the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University School of Law, explains why that’s a bad thing and what we can do to fix it.

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Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
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Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good
Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the Wickr Foundation, on teaching kids how to hack and encouraging them to use their new-found talents for good.
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February 9, 2017

People often have a bad perception of hackers, conjuring up images of either 20-somethings in their parents’ basement or sophisticated criminals responsible for massive data breaches. Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the Wickr Foundation, wants to change that. She thinks not only are hackers some of the smartest, most creative people around, but also that hacking will prove to be the most powerful tool for our tech-dominated future. And…

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How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
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How an Exiled Cryptographer is Protecting Journalists in His Native Ethiopia
An exiled blogger teaches journalists in his native Ethiopia how to avoid capture
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March 21, 2017

In Ethiopia, the main prison is divided into eight zones. Many refer to the rest of the country as “Zone 9.” But Endalk Chala is fighting back. Chala moonlights as an encryption expert, helping bloggers in his native Ethiopia escape capture and torture.

Thinking Differently
How to Change the World
How to Change the World
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Thinking Differently
How to Change the World
Olivia Leland, founder and CEO of Co-Impact, on how we should approach solving the world’s most complex problems.
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May 28, 2019

Do you want to change the world? Olivia Leland, founder and CEO of Co-Impact, shares 3 lessons learned from organizations, philanthropists, and social change leaders that move the world forward. When we think about changing the world, we make a few mistakes over and over again. We think it’s a matter of voting, or giving to charity, or starting a business - but historically, many of the world’s biggest…

Innovation
The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals
The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals
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The Edible Six Pack Ring That's Saving Marine Animals
18 billion pounds of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year. This microbrewery created biodegradable six pack rings to help stem the tide.
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June 12, 2019

Saltwater Brewery was a regular microbrewery that made great craft beer - packaged with the usual plastic six pack rings. As fishermen who saw firsthand the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean, though, they felt they needed to make a change to help marine animals. They came up with the idea to create edible six pack rings made of biodegradable materials left over from the brewing process. Now, they’ve…

Digital Detectives
Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
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Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
This search and rescue expert discovered that many missing people had nobody looking for them. Then he had an idea: what if hackers made a game out of finding missing people through the internet?
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June 13, 2019

The latest hacker game: solving missing persons cases for points. It’s the brainchild of Rob Sell, founder of Trace Labs. Sell is a professional search and rescue tracker who has also worked in computer security. Frustrated at the enormous number of missing persons with nobody searching for them, he began crowdsourcing hackers’ skills in computer forensics to follow the digital footprints of cold cases from the missing persons database. This…

What It Takes
The Snake Milk King
The Snake Milk King
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What It Takes
The Snake Milk King
Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man that spent his 42-year career milking King Cobras for anti-venom and saving lives across the globe. What drives a man like this to risk his life each and every day?
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June 20, 2019

Enter the Kentucky Reptile Zoo—one of the largest collections of venomous reptiles in the world—and meet Jim Harrison, the man that spent his 42-year career milking King Cobras for anti-venom and saving lives across the globe. He’s a former cop, bounty hunter, and professional kickboxer - but for decades now his main focus has been extracting venom from snakes, or “snake milking.” He and his wife, Kristen Wiley, run the…

Teaser of The Hidden Side of “Slum” Life
Teaser of The Hidden Side of “Slum” Life
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One of the most significant transformations in humankind is underway but largely going untold.
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April 12, 2017

One of the most significant transformations in humankind is underway but largely going untold. Fueled by advances in technology and innovation, global poverty has been slashed in half over the last decade with predictions that it will be eradicated over the next. From makeshift cities to smart phones to water purification to the blockchain, join us as we