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Mario Bonfante Jr. was paralyzed in a bike accident, but he’s still in hot pursuit of a racing career.

He designed a device to allow him to race cars, and now he’s doing it internationally—and hoping to produce his device to help other paralyzed people drive.

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Exploring the Brain
Do Bigger Brains Have Better Memories?
Do Bigger Brains Have Better Memories?
Exploring the Brain
Do Bigger Brains Have Better Memories?
Scientists may be one step closer to putting the age-old question to rest on whether brain size impacts cognitive function.
By Sarah Wells

Scientists may be one step closer to putting the age-old question to rest on whether brain size impacts cognitive function.

Dope Science
Healing PTSD with MDMA Therapy
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Dope Science
Healing PTSD with MDMA Therapy
New hope for PTSD sufferers is coming from an expected quarter: MDMA.
By Kurt Hackbarth

New hope for PTSD sufferers is coming from an expected quarter: MDMA.

Go Deeper
Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Go Deeper
Hope Grows for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe spinal cord injuries resulting in total paralysis are usually considered permanent, with no hope of recovery. And yet, in a handful of patients spanning multiple levels of severity, movement is being regained.

Severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs) -- often called complete injuries by clinicians -- are ones where no readable signal from the brain reaches the spinal cord beneath the trauma, resulting in total paralysis. The possibility that a patient with this type of severe injury might regain movement was once considered so remote that rehab has traditionally seemed a waste of time. And yet, in a handful of patients spanning...

Growing Food with Seawater
Growing Food with Seawater
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Growing Food with Seawater
This designer invented a greenhouse that lets you grow food with seawater.
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Water is in short supply in much of the world — but what if we use seawater? It’s been a dream for years, but now technology is making it possible. This new seawater greenhouse uses a clever cardboard design to distill fresh water from salt water cheaply and efficiently. It’s helping grow crops in Somaliland, and could help stop the water crisis in Africa and other parts of the world that are susceptible to drought. The...

Dispatches
Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Dispatches
Zika Could Be a "Smart Missile" for Brain Cancer
Zika can devastate fetal brains; scientists want to turn it against brain tumors instead.

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

Using Fashion to Fool Facial Recognition
Using Fashion to Fool Facial Recognition
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Using Fashion to Fool Facial Recognition
Facial recognition software is everywhere - and being used for surveillance. One fashion designer is coming up with looks that fool the software.
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With the use of facial recognition technology on the rise, privacy advocates are increasingly concerned about the potential for misuse. Artist Adam Harvey is working to show how fashion can be used to fool facial recognition technology. His most recent project, CV Dazzle, is a scarf with fabric that looks like camouflage but contains elements that mimic a human face. These elements can successfully confuse the software...

Coded
The Unhackable Email Service
The Unhackable Email Service
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Coded
The Unhackable Email Service
Edward Snowden’s email service of choice wants to make mass surveillance obsolete.
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Ladar Levison’s email service counted Edward Snowden among its users. But, when the FBI demanded Levison hand over Snowden’s communications, Levison destroyed the company’s servers. Now, he’s back with a more secure version of the service that could make mass surveillance obsolete.

The New Space Race
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
The New Space Race
What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy
Billions spent on projects of questionable benefit - like the plan to capture an asteroid - raises the question:...
By Mike Riggs

Billions spent on projects of questionable benefit - like the plan to capture an asteroid - raises the question: Should NASA take a back seat in the 21st century space race?

Why Advanced Cancer Patients Need Genetic Sequencing
Why Advanced Cancer Patients Need Genetic Sequencing
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Why Advanced Cancer Patients Need Genetic Sequencing
Genomic sequencing saved his life. Now he wants everyone to have access.
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After he was diagnosed with life-threatening prostate cancer, Intel’s Bryce Olson sequenced his genome which offered clues to new treatments for his disease. While the current standard of care for cancer patients includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, genetic sequencing opens the door for new possibilities beyond these traditional approaches. Bryce explains his personal mission to encourage others to get their...