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Nation of Artists and Freethink are proud to partner with Aflac, Sproutel and Carol Cone On Purpose for the launch of My Special Aflac Duck, a social robot designed to bring comfort and joy to kids with cancer, and already the winner of the Tech for a Better World Innovation Award at CES 2018, Engadget’s official Best of CES Awards for Best Unexpected Product, and the CES Showstoppers Award for Best Robotics.

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The Future Explored
All of Human Knowledge in a Tablespoon of DNA
dna hard drives
The Future Explored
All of Human Knowledge in a Tablespoon of DNA
With artificial DNA, a data storage facility as big as a football field could be compressed to the size of a sugar cube.

With artificial DNA, a data storage facility as big as a football field could be compressed to the size of a sugar cube.

Medicine
Redesigned Syringe Could Increase Global Access To Medicine
syringe for Biologics
Medicine
Redesigned Syringe Could Increase Global Access To Medicine
A double-barrel syringe developed at MIT makes it possible to inject highly viscous biologics, making them more accessible to patients.

A double-barrel syringe developed at MIT makes it possible to inject highly viscous biologics, making them more accessible to patients.

Biology
Scientists Grow Mini Human Hearts From Stem Cells
heart organoids
Biology
Scientists Grow Mini Human Hearts From Stem Cells
Mini human hearts grown from stem cells, also known as "heart organoids," could help doctors address the most common kind of birth defect in humans.

Mini human hearts grown from stem cells, also known as "heart organoids," could help doctors address the most common kind of birth defect in humans.

Ancient Life
Researchers Discover Living 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes
deep sea microbes
Ancient Life
Researchers Discover Living 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes
Researchers have found microbes in deep sea sediment millions of years old. Given food, they sprung back to life.

Researchers have found microbes in deep sea sediment millions of years old. Given food, they sprung back to life.

Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way:...
By Hemant Khanna

The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way: cancer-killing viruses.

Building Community
The "Search Angel" Volunteers Reunite Birth Families
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Building Community
The "Search Angel" Volunteers Reunite Birth Families
For some, not knowing their biological family can feel like a part of them is missing. The Search Squad is helping them for free.
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These people are meeting biological relatives for the first time, thanks to a group of volunteers. The Search Squad group on Facebook has around 100 volunteer “search angels” who scour birth records and websites to find the birth relatives of adoptees. Many people who were adopted as children would like to meet their birth relatives, but it can often be an extremely expensive and time-consuming process. Search Squad, on...

Dispatches
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
Dispatches
Babies Sometimes Trigger Preterm Labor to Escape Infections
A new discovery upends what we thought we knew about premature births and could point the way to entirely new...

A new discovery upends what we thought we knew about premature births and could point the way to entirely new solutions to prevent them.

Coded
From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
Coded
From Multi-Millionaire Bitcoin Entrepreneur to Inmate and Back Again
The story of how Charlie Shrem built his business as a Bitcoin pioneer, lost it all, and is now clawing his way back.
By Michael O'Shea

The story of how Charlie Shrem built his business as a Bitcoin pioneer, lost it all, and is now clawing his way back.