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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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Climate Change
Raising Pacific Islands to Save Them From High Sea Levels
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Climate Change
Raising Pacific Islands to Save Them From High Sea Levels
The president of Kiribati announced a new plan to fight against sea level rise: raise the islands.

The president of Kiribati announced a new plan to fight against sea level rise: raise the islands.

Future of Medicine
Researchers Discover How to Improve Eyesight Naturally
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Future of Medicine
Researchers Discover How to Improve Eyesight Naturally
The world is aging, and with age comes vision decline. New research may have found how to improve eyesight in an accessible way.

The world is aging, and with age comes vision decline. New research may have found how to improve eyesight in an accessible way.

Dope Science
CBD Slows Growth of Brain Cancer Cells in a Petri Dish
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Dope Science
CBD Slows Growth of Brain Cancer Cells in a Petri Dish
The cannabis compound CBD can slow the growth of brain cancer cells, but it’s a long way from a new cancer treatment.

The cannabis compound CBD can slow the growth of brain cancer cells, but it’s a long way from a new cancer treatment.

Robotics
The Coronavirus Hospital Staffed by Robots
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Robotics
The Coronavirus Hospital Staffed by Robots
A robot-run coronavirus hospital in Wuhan, China, is just one remarkable example of how technology is helping combat the global COVID-19 outbreak.

A robot-run coronavirus hospital in Wuhan, China, is just one remarkable example of how technology is helping combat the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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

How a pediatric cancer drug went from discovery to clinical trials in five years and just $500,000.

Dispatches
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Dispatches
Meet the 380 Trillion Viruses inside Your Body
Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.
By David Pride and Chandrabali Ghose

Scientists aren't exactly sure yet what the "virome" is up to, but it's probably important.

INTEL
Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
Bringing Virtual Reality to Brain Surgery
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INTEL
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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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...

The New Space Race
A Delivery Service for the Moon
A Delivery Service for the Moon
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The New Space Race
A Delivery Service for the Moon
This startup wants to offer the world insanely accurate shipping to the moon.
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Landing on the moon has always been an inaccurate pursuit. But Astrobotic has fixed that problem. The company’s unique GPS system allows it to land spacecraft within meters—rather than kilometers—of the intended target. And now they’re using the tech to offer the world’s first delivery service to the moon.

Superhuman
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Superhuman Trailer
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Superhuman
Superhuman Trailer
Join us as we meet the innovators building our superhuman future.
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Superhuman is a Freethink original series about the amazing advances in medical innovation that are making the present look more like a sci-fi depiction of the future. Join us as we meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors and patients who are giving people a new lease on life today, while building our superhuman future of tomorrow.