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Can an Algorithm Catch a Serial Killer?

A self-professed data nerd, Thomas Hargrove believes everything around us is following a mathematical formula...including murder. Hargrove wanted to find a way to use data to solve cold cases and identify potential serial killers that have gone unnoticed. Armed with public homicide records, he created an algorithm that can spot similar patterns across different cases. Each cluster is given an unique identifier -- what he calls a “Dewey Decimal System of death.” Through the Murder Accountability Project, Hargrove releases the data to the public and partners with local law enforcement to consult on ongoing investigations.

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The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
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How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.
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FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases
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FDA Approves First Mute Button for Genetic Diseases

It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."

By Dan Bier

It is the first of "a wave of advances that have the potential to transform medicine."

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An Insulin Pill Could Change Everything for Diabetics
An Insulin Pill Could Change Everything for Diabetics
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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

A pill instead of a needle would be the "holy grail" for diabetes treatment.

Science
Could Growing Vaccines in Plants Save Lives?
Could Growing Vaccines in Plants Save Lives?
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Could Growing Vaccines in Plants Save Lives?

Vaccines for influenza, polio, smallpox, even Ebola have all be grown … in plants.

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This flu season has been nasty in large part because the vaccine didn’t work as well as past versions. So scientists like Professor George Lomonossoff of the John Innes Centre are on the hunt for new ways to make better vaccines and think they might have found one -- by growing them in plants.

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The Robot Duck Helping Kids With Cancer
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Growing Human Organs in Pigs
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Twenty people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant. There aren’t enough organs for the 100,000 people waiting for one. And there likely never will be… unless we can find a better way to source them. Enter: the pigs. A team of scientists has figured out how to grow human organs in pigs. It might make you feel weird. But it also might save countless lives.

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WATCH: Trailer for Our New Show, Coded
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Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.

By Mike Riggs

Meet the programmers on the frontlines of the war over security and privacy.

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Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease
Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease
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Meet the Mom Curing Her Daughter's Incurable Disease

Karen Aiach isn't a doctor and has never worked in medicine. But when doctors said her daughter wouldn't live past…

By Mike Riggs

Karen Aiach isn't a doctor and has never worked in medicine. But when doctors said her daughter wouldn't live past adolescence, she knew she had to get to work.