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Our Cyborg Future is Coming (And That’s Not a Bad Thing)

The Matrix. Terminator. Bladerunner. Hollywood loves to sensationalize merging the body with advanced tech. But will it really be so bad? We sat down with Adam Piore, author of The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human to discuss why we should stop freaking out and embrace our cyborg future.

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The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure
Dispatches
The Gut Microbiome Affects Brain Structure

What happens in your gut in childhood can change how your brain works later in life.

By Dan Bier

What happens in your gut in childhood can change how your brain works later in life.

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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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…

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How 3D-Printing Is Revolutionizing Heart Surgery
How 3D-Printing Is Revolutionizing Heart Surgery
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Superhuman
How 3D-Printing Is Revolutionizing Heart Surgery

When a young boy was facing a complicated and dangerous heart operation, his doctors created an exact model of his…

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Joseph had one of the most complicated heart conditions his doctors had ever seen. He faced a long and dangerous operation or a heart transplant. Without either, he wouldn't survive. Opting for surgery, Dr. Petros Anagnostopoulos at the American Family Children's Hospital prepped like few have ever done. He and his team 3D-printed a copy of Joseph's heart that they could explore and understand. It was another step forward in…

On The Fringe
Can Snot Help Stop the Flu?
Can Snot Help Stop the Flu?
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On The Fringe
Can Snot Help Stop the Flu?
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The flu is a really tough target. The virus evolves far too fast to really pin it down. If only they could slow it down. That seemed pretty much impossible until two researchers had a breakthrough that involved the mucus of cancer patients. And what they found could fundamentally change our perception of not only the flu, but evolution itself.

Technology
eSight Lets the Legally Blind See
eSight Lets the Legally Blind See
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Technology
eSight Lets the Legally Blind See

This legally blind man is seeing his wedding for the first time. 15 years after he got married.

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Some people who are legally blind can still see, but images can be blurry and in low contrast. eSight has created a headset that can give sight to the blind through three technologies. First, an HD camera captures video. Second, a built in computer increases contrast and clarity. Third and finally, the image is projected on displays in real time. 15 years after marrying his wife, eSight helped a legally…

On the Cusp
The Real Mother of Dragons
The Real Mother of Dragons
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On the Cusp
The Real Mother of Dragons

Meet the scientists using dragon blood to fight superbugs

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If you thought dragons existed only in the domain of historical fantasy fiction like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, think again. Dragons are real and their blood just may be our biggest hope when it comes to tomorrow's antibiotics.

Dragons Are Real

The largest of any earthly lizard, Komodo dragons walk the earth to this day. They’re not only real, but they’re also much like their larger,…

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The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite!
The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite!
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Wrong
The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite!

Did we narrowly avoid the apocalypse because of some world-saving last minute de-bugging.

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In the months and days leading up to the year 2000, many grew alarmed that a computer bug would collapse networks and bring down economies and global stability in its wake. Did we narrowly avoid the apocalypse because of some world-saving last minute de-bugging? Or was the worldwide panic just way off base?

The New Space Race
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?
The New Space Race
Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?

Private companies have worked with NASA for decades. Can the next generation of space companies get by without the government…

By Mike Riggs

Private companies have worked with NASA for decades. Can the next generation of space companies get by without the government as their biggest customer?