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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.

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 Massive Mars Rocket
This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a Massive Mars Rocket

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.

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.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's Cancer…
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's Cancer…
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Unveiling Google Earth VR, China Goes All in on CRISPR, Cuba's Cancer…

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.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: The End of Checkout Lines, Photoshopping Your Voice, and a New Way…

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.

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.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a Miracle…
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a Miracle…
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: How to Form Good Habits, the Case Against Empathy, and a Miracle…

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.

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…
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
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.

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 Prime Gets Primer
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 Prime Gets Primer

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: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love Actually…
This Week in Ideas: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love Actually…
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Why D.A.R.E. Didn't Work, the Future of Cities, and is Love Actually…

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: Embryonic People-Pigs, the Glories of the Hubble Telescope, and American Cyber-Security
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, and American Cyber-Security

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.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next Einstein
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 Einstein

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch Now
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.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to Set a…
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to Set a…
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Beer That Delivers Itself, Chatbots From Beyond, and How to Set a…

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.

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.

Longreads
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?
Longreads
Why Can't America Solve Murder Anymore?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

#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.

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?

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
“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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More Equitable Justice System
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 Equitable Justice System

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.

Thinking Differently
What's Wrong With Science?
What's Wrong With Science?
Thinking Differently
What's Wrong With Science?

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?

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.

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?

Watch Now
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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crossing the Divide
Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?
Crossing the Divide
Why Does This Cop 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.

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

Watch Now
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,…

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.

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
Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
Dispatches
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.)

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
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
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
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
A New Brain Surgery Robot Can Work Inside an MRI
A New Brain Surgery Robot Can Work Inside an MRI
Dispatches
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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 - 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 and depression, so why has it been so hard to scale?

By Dan Bier
April 18, 2019

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

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?

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
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.

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
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.

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.

Challengers
Five Insights: Scott Phoenix on Creating AI and Building a Company Around a Crazy Idea
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 Idea

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.

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.

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.

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
Self-driving Uber Fatality: Video Shows Tech Failure & Human Error
Self-driving Uber Fatality: Video Shows Tech Failure & Human Error
Dispatches
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

Dispatches
Mental Training Can Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries (and Reduce Depression)
Mental Training Can Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries (and Reduce Depression)
Dispatches
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.

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
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
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.

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
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
The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
Dispatches
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.

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.

Dispatches
Paralyzed Mice Walk Again After Breakthrough Treatment
Paralyzed Mice Walk Again After Breakthrough Treatment
Dispatches
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
AI Could Replace Chemical Testing on Animals
AI Could Replace Chemical Testing on Animals
Dispatches
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.

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
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
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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
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.

#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?

#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.

#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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Technology
Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO
Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO
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Technology
Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO

Despite getting death threats from the Taliban, Roya Mahboob realized her dream of a successful career in tech.

Watch Now
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…

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?

The New Space Race
The Startup That May Be On the Cusp of Revolutionizing the Satellite Industry
The Startup That May Be On the Cusp of Revolutionizing the Satellite Industry
The New Space Race
The Startup That May Be On the Cusp of Revolutionizing the Satellite Industry

Spire's satellites fit in the palm of your hand, cost a fraction of their predecessors, and transmit more data than…

By Mike Riggs
October 24, 2016

Spire's satellites fit in the palm of your hand, cost a fraction of their predecessors, and transmit more data than several behemoth satellites combined.

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.

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?

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?

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?

Watch Now
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.

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.

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.

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…

Trailer
Introducing Freethink
Introducing Freethink
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Trailer
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…

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…

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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…

Innovation
An Address for Everywhere on Earth
An Address for Everywhere on Earth
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Innovation
An Address for Everywhere on Earth

Can three simple words change how we find each other?

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December 29, 2018

We take addresses for granted - but billions of people and places don’t have them, and it’s a big problem. Whether it’s voting, disaster relief, or pinpointing a spot on festival grounds, not having an address makes things that should be simple difficult. Enter Chris Sheldrick, who coordinated events in the music industry where he was frustrated by address-related problems.

He created What3Words, a method of dividing the entire world…

What We Get Wrong About Love
What We Get Wrong About Love
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What We Get Wrong About Love

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…

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…

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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…

Breaking Abuse Victims’ Financial Handcuffs
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Breaking Abuse Victims’ Financial Handcuffs

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…

Criminal Justice Week
Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week
Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week
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Criminal Justice Week
Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week

Join us as we go inside the criminal justice reform movement for an up close look at the people trying…

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April 12, 2019

There has never been this much energy and momentum behind criminal justice reform as there is today. In nearly every aspect, there is excitement and renewed optimism about delivering real reforms to help those who have suffered from a broken system for far too long. Freethink’s Criminal Justice Reform Week is focused on highlighting the most innovative reformers and ideas that are making real progress in reforming our criminal justice…

#fixingjustice - Policing
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…

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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…

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…

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.

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?

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.

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…

Crossing The Divide
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
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Crossing The Divide
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…

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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.

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.

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.