The immersive world of VR may have therapeutic benefits for people combating phobias, anxiety, and PTSD.
We’re now starting to scratch the surface of the true potential of virtual reality.
From virtual hearts to immersive battlefields, doctors and scientists are using virtual reality to transform medicine
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 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...
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 3D, VR...
Linc Gasking, co-founder of VR startup 8i, discusses the day-to-day grind and big picture excitement of being an entrepreneur.
An arm implant to treat opioid addiction, teaching hair stylists with VR, and a potential Amazon Prime game changer.
Virtual reality users experience more lucid dreams, a paralyzed man gets movement back, and self-lacing shoes. These are our favorite stories this week.
Can mind-readers replace passwords and biometric security?
Scientists have developed software that could save one billion dollars (and two million animals) each year.
Brain regeneration used to be considered a medical fantasy. But research shows that fantasy could eventually become a reality.
On the far South Side of Chicago, as far south as you can get — a traffic light away from neighboring Riverdale — the Ira F. Aldridge Elementary School is offering its students something rare in the forever-strapped Chicago public school system: opportunity. With a grant from Chance the Rapper's charity SocialWorks, the school can now offer a more robust music program, ensuring an instrument in every student's hands. "I...
Experimental procedures offer beta solutions for girls, and more time to figure it out for boys.
Sending construction robots into outer space will help pave the way for human exploration, but there are some real challenges that lie ahead.
Officer Tommy Norman's work has drawn national attention recently, but his approach to policing is nothing new.
From towers that create pockets of clean air to a luminescent bike path that glows like children's ceiling stars and windmills drawing lines of light across the sky, Daan Roosegaarde's entire practice is centered around the beauty of living with nature and removing pollution from urban life.
Smári McCarthy discusses his job protecting the work of journalists investigating organized crime and corruption
The SpaceX founder gave a rousing presentation on his company’s long-term plan for getting to Mars and establishing a civilization there.
For Ladar Levison, founder of secure email service Lavabit, everything changed when the two FBI agents showed up at his door.
Molecular biologist Daisy Robinton speaks out on our moral imperative to solve some of humanity's greatest health threats.
When lives are on the line, inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.
"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."
When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, Pluto was still a planet and the iPhone didn't exist.
While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs coming together.
Fast Company and Freethink bring you powerful stories of a new generation of entrepreneurs.
8i takes video and converts it into virtual realities that are nearly indistinguishable from real life.
New kirigami-inspired skin patch may help people avoid injury, as it expands our understanding of muscle activity.
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.
The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.
“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.”
More than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime; new discoveries are helping them fight back.
If huge companies and government agencies can't manage the cyber threats, how can ordinary Americans?
Carlos felt addicted to the thrill of crime at a young age. Today, he yields a different, positive influence on the streets with UTEC.
Google releases some beautiful VR, human trials of gene-editing technology CRISPR, and importing Cuba's cancer vaccine.
Businesses have gotten to space; now what?
What you need to know about this genetic disease, explained by someone who knows it inside and out.
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...
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...
How many Mozarts and Tiger Woods are there in any given generation? A generalist himself, bestselling author David Epstein says you have to give yourself permission to choose the wrong pursuit or work in a job that’s not your ultimate dream career. These small “failures” are actually major learning experiences that help you inch closer to greatness.
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 can help connect the world...
When typical medications simply aren’t doing enough to manage their children’s symptoms, mothers like Jenni Mai are turning to medical marijuana. But with current regulations, parents are having to become pharmacists for their own families, and some are even moving across the country so they can legally access cannabis.
One unfortunate truth that anyone involved in a missing person case quickly learns is that there are more missing people in the world than there are available resources to find them. The first few days after a person goes missing are the most crucial for finding them safe and sound. However, since missing people tend to turn up on their own, these cases are initially given low priority. The exception is if there's a strong...
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...