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Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy
Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy
Future of Therapy
Is the Future of Therapy… Virtual? A Look Into Virtual Reality Therapy

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

By Kaitlin Ugolik
July 2, 2019

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

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.

Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)

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

By Mike Riggs
December 29, 2016

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

On the Cusp
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine
On the Cusp
How Virtual Reality is Changing Medicine

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

By Brandon Stewart
September 22, 2017

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

Sponsored
Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
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Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery

Virtual reality is helping surgeons and patients prepare for complicated, life-saving surgeries in ways never before possible.

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October 9, 2018

Brain surgery is never easy -- for the doctor or the patient. Now, virtual reality is changing the game. Surgical Theater has created a revolutionary new tool, powered by Intel technology, that allows surgeons and patients to prepare for complicated new surgeries in ways never before possible.

Surgeons have previously had to rely on 2D images and their imagination to visualize a surgery, but now they are able to use…

Superhuman
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?
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Superhuman
Can Virtual Reality Help Fight the Opioid Crisis?

VR has long been seen as an escape from the real world. But recently researchers have been putting an unexpected…

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May 15, 2018

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

Superhuman
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
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Superhuman
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism

A virtual world offers a new way to engage with kids on the spectrum.

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June 12, 2018

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

Like many…

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.

#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.

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.

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.

Dispatches
Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID
Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID
Dispatches
Goodbye, Passwords: Hello Brain-ID

Can mind-readers replace passwords and biometric security?

By Wenyao Xu, Feng Lin and Zhanpeng Jin
October 24, 2018

Can mind-readers replace passwords and biometric security?

Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

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

By Michael O'Shea
June 12, 2017

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

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.

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
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember
Dispatches
A Prosthetic Memory Can Help You Remember

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

By Dan Bier
April 3, 2018

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

Technology
Is This the End of Language Barriers?
Is This the End of Language Barriers?
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Technology
Is This the End of Language Barriers?

What if you could travel anywhere in the world and there was no language barrier?

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March 7, 2018

Real-time translation seeks to break down all language barriers in the world. Several tech companies believe they are on the verge of making this a reality through new devices such as Google's Pixel Bud headphones, which can translate up to 40 languages in one to two seconds.

While the technology is still a work in progress, Google and others hope it might not be long before such technologies…

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
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
Dispatches
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives

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

By Brandon Stewart
August 21, 2018

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

Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?
Science
Could Your Brain Regenerate Like Skin?

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

By Levi Gadye
September 7, 2016

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

Dispatches
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer
Dispatches
The 2018 Nobel Prize Could Mark a Turning Point in the War on Cancer

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

By Duane Mitchell
October 2, 2018

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

Dispatches
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
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
Dispatches
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science

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

By Brook Muller
December 4, 2018

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

What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?
What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?
What Is Cystic Fibrosis—And What Is It Like?

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

By Ella Balasa
December 13, 2018

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

Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals
Dispatches
How NASA Scientists Learned to Stick with Super Long-Term Goals

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

By Bruce Barry and Thomas Bateman
January 14, 2019

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

#fixingjustice - 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?

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?

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.”

Culture
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars
Culture
Elon Musk Explains the Economics of Getting to Mars

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

By Mike Riggs
September 27, 2016

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

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.

Challengers
Meet the Entrepreneurs Disrupting Industries and Changing the World
Meet the Entrepreneurs Disrupting Industries and Changing the World
Challengers
Meet the Entrepreneurs Disrupting Industries and Changing the World

Fast Company and Freethink bring you powerful stories of a new generation of entrepreneurs.

By Mike Riggs
November 23, 2016

Fast Company and Freethink bring you powerful stories of a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race
The New Space Race
This is The New Space Race

It’s been 44 years since a human stepped on the moon, and a new generation of entrepreneurs is laying the…

By Mike Riggs
November 26, 2016

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

Challengers
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities
Challengers
Meet the Startup Creating Incredible Virtual Realities

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

By Mike Riggs
December 27, 2016

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

Coded
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to the FBI
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to the FBI
Coded
The Evolution of a Dissident: How Ladar Levison Became Someone Who Said "No" to the FBI

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

By Mike Riggs
January 26, 2017

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

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?

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

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
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#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?

Prosecutors are afforded a wide array of discretion within the criminal justice system and wielding that discretion appropriately could mean…

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April 16, 2019

Emily Bazelon's new book Charged: The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration is an incredible tour de force that guides readers through America's broken criminal justice system through the eyes of two young people as they go through the system.

The book reveals the breathtaking amount of power prosecutors wield in our modern legal system and highlights the ways that some reform-minded District Attorneys are using…

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.

COMING SOON
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer
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COMING SOON
Superhuman Season 5 | Trailer

Our best original series is back! Watch now for a look into our Superhuman future.

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Superhuman is back with Season 5! Premiering Wednesday, August 7th, we'll be meeting the scientists, cyborgs, and real life heroes who are pushing the frontiers of groundbreaking medical technology.

Can't wait until then? Get to know the Superhuman cast below.

The Emerging Cyborg

Meet Alec McMorris

When his cousin’s car skidded into a guardrail on an icy Utah road in 2013, Alec McMorris rushed to help him. While trying…

Global Impact
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
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Global Impact
Could We End Earthquake Deaths?
Thousands die in earthquakes every year - even though we know how to build safely. This engineer is working with people in the most vulnerable places to figure out why.
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August 9, 2019

Earthquakes and hurricanes kill thousands of people a year - but they don't have to. Elizabeth Hausler, founder of Build Change, has spent years identifying the barriers to safe housing worldwide. Here, she shares how we can overcome them to create hurricane and earthquake proof buildings.

So far, over 330,000 people are living and learning in safer housing and schools because of our work. That means over 60,000 buildings…

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.