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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.

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…

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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Innovation
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…

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Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animals in History. Should We Wipe Them Out?
Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animals in History. Should We Wipe Them Out?
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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 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.

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.

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,…

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.…

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.

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.

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.

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.

Future Forward
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
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Future Forward
Reversing Extinction for the Northern White Rhino
The Northern white rhino is functionally extinct, meaning the two living females of the species are infertile. This scientist from the San Diego Zoo may have the solution to save the last of this extinct species, by tapping into her frozen zoo.
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August 13, 2019

The Northern White Rhino is functionally extinct - but scientists at the San Diego Zoo are launching an unprecedented effort to recreate the species and save it from extinction. The earth is undergoing an unprecedented wave of extinctions, with estimates that between 200 and 2,000 species go extinct every day. One on the brink is the Northern White Rhinoceros, which after waves of poaching only has two known members in…

Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
Wolves are not often thought of as therapy animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping young people in the process.
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July 25, 2019

Wolves are not often thought of as service animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping troubled youth in the process.  Wolf Connection is a wolf sanctuary that provides an education and empowerment program geared towards teens who are struggling through a variety of behavioral issues. At-risk youth from all walks of life learn about nature and conservation, they’re able to work through the challenges in their lives,…

Dispatches
We Found the Oldest Human Virus: It's Familiar (but Weird)
We Found the Oldest Human Virus: It's Familiar (but Weird)
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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
Two Billion People Have TB. What Should We Do about It?
Two Billion People Have TB. What Should We Do about It?
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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
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.

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.

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…

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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.

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.

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.

Dispatches
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
Can DIY Science (Finally) Cut the Cost of Insulin?
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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
Driverless Cars Go Off-roading
Driverless Cars Go Off-roading
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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.

Technology
Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
Why Researchers Built a Robot Snake
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Technology
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
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change
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Innovation
Hacking Surfboard Fins to Fight Climate Change
How can a surfboard modification help save the oceans?
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July 2, 2019

He doesn’t surf, he doesn’t code, but he’s hacking surfboard fins to combat climate change and it’s working. Meet Andy Stern, citizen scientist and founder of Smartfin. He's brought together surfers and oceanographers to create a smart surfboard fin that's collecting vital data to track and fight climate change. As far as oceans go, the environmental crisis doesn't just affect the icebergs - it affects all of us. Surfers…

Wildfires
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire
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Wildfires
A Community at the Frontlines of the War on Wildfire
When facing literal hellfire, this community effort may be the only way to protect homes and lives from devastating wildfires.
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July 17, 2019

California is burning like never before, with wildfires damaging nearly one million acres in 2018 alone. Despite the State’s best efforts, preventing forest fires doesn’t seem possible from the top down. With climate change accelerating the frequency and scale of these wildfires at an alarming rate, experts are turning to private citizens to help with forest fire prevention and control. Or as we like to say, to help fight fire…

Dispatches
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.

Dispatches
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.

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.

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.

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.