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The Exotic Zoo Run by Prisoners

Can an Algorithm Catch a Serial Killer?

Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

Technology

Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?

As more and more former football players exhibit symptoms of CTE, one company thinks their new helmet can address the problem of player safety.

Why Does This Cop Have a Million Instagram Followers?

Can a Single Conversation Really Change Someone’s Mind? This Research Says Yes.

5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities

Technology

Afghanistan’s First Female Tech CEO

Despite getting death threats from the Taliban, Roya Mahboob realized her dream of a successful career in tech.

Five Insights: Linc Gasking On What Every Startup Should Be Shooting For

Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix

Five Insights: Scott Phoenix on Creating AI and Building a Company Around a Crazy Idea

Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems?

Scott Phoenix, cofounder of Vicarious, believes smart machines could one day cure cancer, create new forms of energy, and solve virtually every problem that humans simply can’t. With the support of investors like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, Vicarious is striving to bring about this future in our lifetimes.

Powering the World With Nuclear

An App for Global Trade

How VR Could Change Your Life

The Real Bionic Man

After losing part of his arm to cancer, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with his mind, giving him a level of motor control impossible until now.

Walking 2.0

Technology

Assistive Tech Doesn’t Have to be High Tech

Technology

How Do We Scale Bionic Technology?

The Promise of Gene Therapy

When doctors told Karen there was no cure for her daughter’s brain disease, she took matters into her own hands. With no scientific background, she created a gene therapy business that can fix the faulty genes in patients like her daughter. Now she’s racing against the clock to extend her daughter’s life and improve the lives of others.

Science

The Fascinating Story of How AIDS Activism Helped Usher in a “Right to Try” Movement

Science

A Regulatory Fight Is Brewing Over Experimental Stem Cell Therapies

Science

How to Rebuild a Broken Brain

Four Flights a Day. Five Days a Week.

At its peak, NASA’s shuttle flew to space a few times a year. XCOR wants to be something more like Southwest Airlines for space. They're working on a spacecraft prototype with a very ambitious goal: four daily flights to space, five days a week. If XCOR is successful, they could take more people to space in six months than NASA did in 30 years.

Who Owns the Moon?

Where Did the Commercial Space Sector Come From?

What a Controversial Asteroid Mission Tells Us About U.S. Space Policy

Can We Make It In Space?

NASA intern turned entrepreneur, Jason Dunn, saw what was holding humans back from colonizing outer space...and decided to do something about it. His company allows astronauts to break their reliance on costly resupply missions from Earth and—for the first time ever—build new supplies for themselves in space.

What Happens When Stuff Breaks in Space?

Here’s What Happens to the Human Body in Outer Space

Science

The Four Weirdest Things We’ve Sent to Space




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There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded.
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Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies and get an intimate view of where they are on their journey to transform an entire industry—and change the world.
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In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decades-long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. Some have mourned its passing as a sign of the times – as evidence that we could no longer dare to dream. But unbeknownst to many, a new era of private space exploration has already begun... and it’s firing on all cylinders. The New Space Race is the story of a 21st-century revolution.
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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.