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Drone technology is fundamentally changing the way we respond to natural disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, rescue teams used drones extensively to map and triage affected areas, while utility and cellular providers used them to inspect damage and prioritize repairs. Cheap to operate and with the ability to cover widespread areas, drones are changing the game when it comes to cleaning up disaster zones.

Already credited with saving dozens of lives, the next generation of drones will have the ability to go where humans cannot, in order to measure temperature, air quality, and even radiation.

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Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
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Hacking the Brain's Comms Network – without Surgery
When nerve cells in the brain communicate, they create tiny electric fields that can be sensed – and sometimes altered…
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When nerve cells in the brain communicate, they create tiny electric fields that can be sensed – and sometimes altered – from outside the skull.

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Training the Body to Fight Off Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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Training the Body to Fight Off Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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A new strategy, called host-targeted defense, could help solve antibiotic resistance by upgrading the immune system.

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A New Kind of Headset “Hears” Words You Don’t Say
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A New Kind of Headset “Hears” Words You Don’t Say
The project, named AlterEgo, intentionally crosses the line between what's "out there" and what's in your head.
By Dan Bier

The project, named AlterEgo, intentionally crosses the line between what's "out there" and what's in your head.

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UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
UV Robots Can Sterilize an ICU in 10 Minutes
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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

UV light destroys bacterial DNA from the inside out, eradicating the toughest pathogens in minutes.

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Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement
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Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement
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Nico Sell Thinks Hackers Can Be a Force for Good
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Nico Sell Thinks Hackers Can Be a Force for Good
After criminals hijacked the term, Sell is on a mission to change our perception of hackers.
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After criminals hijacked the term, Sell is on a mission to change our perception of hackers.

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Hacking the Future
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Hacking the Future
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