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Fighting Superbugs with Viruses

Ben Chan searches sewers, lakes, and pig farms all around the world for bacteriophages (bacteria-destroying viruses) that could help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs.”

Paige is a young woman in Texas with cystic fibrosis who is suffering from a drug-resistant infection; Ben’s experimental phage therapy is her last resort. We follow Ben as he travels from his laboratory at Yale to Lubbock, Texas, to deliver the treatment — and meet Paige as she shows us what life is like before and after this experimental phage therapy.

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Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People
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Online Hackers Hunt Down Missing People

This search and rescue expert discovered that many missing people had nobody looking for them. Then he had an idea:…

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The latest hacker game: solving missing persons cases for points. It’s the brainchild of Rob Sell, founder of Trace Labs. Sell is a professional search and rescue tracker who has also worked in computer security. Frustrated at the enormous number of missing persons with nobody searching for them, he began crowdsourcing hackers’ skills in computer forensics to follow the digital footprints of cold cases from the missing persons database.

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This app tests for anemia, and it's nearly as good as the gold-standard lab test.

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Anemia affects up to ⅓ of the world’s population, but tests are expensive and require complicated devices. Now, an app is able to screen for anemia without even drawing blood.

It’s the brainchild of Rob Mannino, a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology who has anemia himself. He wanted to fight the disease, so he teamed up with Wilbur Lam, an associate professor at Emory.

Recognizing the number…

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How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science
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How Redesigning Labs Can Demystify Genetic Science

"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."

By Brook Muller

"Scientists work in high-security buildings that are banned to the public and then wonder why they are misunderstood."

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Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
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Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

By Adriana Galván

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

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Artificial intelligence can find hidden patterns in patient’s vital signs - and stop emergencies before they happen.

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As hospitals collect more and more data, analyzing it is a challenge and an opportunity. Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a case study in how using artificial intelligence in hospitals can help improve outcomes. They’re working with Intel’s Healthcare AI team to develop machine learning algorithms that can see patterns within it.

The result, which they call the Patient Centered Analytic Learning Machine or…

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Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
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Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer

Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.

By Dan Bier

Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.

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"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
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"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply

Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.

By John Herlihy

Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.

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Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore
Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore
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Bionic Prosthetic Grants Amputee Musician a Rocking Encore

How might your life change if you lost an arm? After losing his right arm in an electrical accident, Jason…

By Blake Snow

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Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain
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Neuroscientists Want to Beam Experiences Directly into Your Brain

It's a breakthrough for the blind and paralyzed, not the first step toward the Matrix. (Promise.)

By Dan Bier

It's a breakthrough for the blind and paralyzed, not the first step toward the Matrix. (Promise.)

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A Life Changed by Robotic Legs
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Robert is paralyzed. But thanks to a robotic exoskeleton, he can walk again.

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After an accident, Robert Woo was paralyzed from the chest down. Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair and in therapy. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop asking one very simple question: How could humans build skyscrapers, but not something better than a wheelchair? Then Woo heard about bionic exoskeletons. And it changed his life.