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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.

Catalysts
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food Competition
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 Competition

“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.

What It Takes
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History
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What It Takes
How NASA’s Space Food Lab Will Feed the Farthest Journey in History

These food scientists are making it possible for us to explore space in ways we haven’t yet as a species.

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June 26, 2019

Space food isn’t just that astronaut ice cream you had as a kid. NASA’s kitchens are hard at work preparing a new menu of space food for the farthest trip in history - the flight to Mars.

This space food is more advanced even than food on the International Space Station - it needs to last for five years, more than two years longer than it can currently. That’s enough…

The Student Laboratory Reinventing Food To Stop Waste
The Student Laboratory Reinventing Food To Stop Waste
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The Student Laboratory Reinventing Food To Stop Waste

Inside the food laboratory inventing new foods to prevent waste.

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December 7, 2018

As much as 40% of American food goes to waste — and much of that comes from companies. The food lab at Drexel University is helping companies “upcycle” unsold products into new ones and find ways to turn scraps or byproducts into great foods people want to buy.

Students work with customers and products to create new ideas and products that the companies can produce with food that would otherwise…

Dispatches
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
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"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.

Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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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?

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…

Dispatches
New Tech Makes Fresh Produce Last Twice as Long
New Tech Makes Fresh Produce Last Twice as Long
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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.

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.

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.

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
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
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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.

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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.

Change Agents
Could Ugly Produce Change the World?
Could Ugly Produce Change the World?
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Change Agents
Could Ugly Produce Change the World?

Meet the startup that wants to sell you ugly fruits and veggies

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September 28, 2016

As much as 40 percent of the food grown, processed, and shipped for human consumption in the United States will never make it into a human’s mouth, according to Feeding America, a nonprofit group that coordinates food banks. That comes out to roughly 70 billion pounds of tossed food each year.

One California startup is trying to reduce that number by selling fruits and vegetables that are too “ugly” to…

#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.

Science
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Movement
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Movement
Science
The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a "Right to Try" Movement

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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…

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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…

Dispatches
Living Drugs May Be the Key to Beating Genetic Disease
Living Drugs May Be the Key to Beating Genetic Disease
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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.

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.

Superhuman
Everything You Wanted to Know About the World's Most Advanced Bionic Arm
Everything You Wanted to Know About the World's Most Advanced Bionic Arm
Superhuman
Everything You Wanted to Know About 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…

By Mike Riggs
August 30, 2016

A fascinating interview with Michael P. McLoughlin, the chief engineer of research and exploratory development at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

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.

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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.

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Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
Why a Third of Antidepressants Are Prescribed for "Off-label" Problems
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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.

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
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.

Dispatches
Paige and the Virus Hunter
Paige and the Virus Hunter
Dispatches
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.

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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.

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,…

Wrong
We’re All Gonna Starve!
We’re All Gonna Starve!
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We’re All Gonna Starve!

A revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwide boom.

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April 1, 2017

A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwide boom.

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…

Wrong
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?
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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?

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
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.

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.

#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.

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.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the Unexplainable
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 Unexplainable

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.

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.