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Greg Stock: Redesigning Humans

Friday, August 31, 2012

Nearly a decade after the human genome was decoded, scientists are only now beginning to understand its implications. One of the leading thinkers in this field is the biotech entrepre...

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Neil Harbisson, Cyborg

Friday, August 31, 2012

Neil Harbisson is a painter, a musician, and a cyborg. Born with a rare form of colorblindness, Harbisson can only see the world in grays. In 2004, he collaborated with a scientis...

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Object Breast Cancer

Friday, August 03, 2012

The pink ribbon has been an incredibly successful piece of marketing for breast cancer research. For cancer survivor Leonor Caraballo, though, it's supremely annoying. Caraballo is ...

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Can Art Spark a Discovery in the Lab?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Andre Fenton didn’t want his new neurobiology lab at New York University to look like the traditional research space: a mishmash of drab office furniture and cluttered lab benches harshly lit by rows of fluorescent lights. That’s why its core holds a 15-foot-long, one-inch-thick slab of glass. The ...

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Artists and Scientists Riff on Water

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drink local. The artist Colin Hart has created a public art piece that lets the bravest New Yorkers sample water from the Hudson River (transformed from mucky brown to crystal clear...
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Smart Programs Read Shakespeare

Friday, July 06, 2012

Patrick Winston is Principal Investigator at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab. He believes that creating better artificial intelligence is not a matter of mor...

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Eve Sussman's Algorithmic Noir

Friday, July 06, 2012

A new film premiered last year that is truly one of a kind. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was made by Eve Sussman and her collaborators, known as the Rufus Corporation. They shot most ...

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Lisa Randall: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Friday, July 06, 2012

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall is at the forefront of the search for new theories about how the universe works.  She’s especially interested in dark matter and is involved in work...

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DARCI: A Computer With Great Taste

Friday, July 06, 2012

To make art, a computer first needs to understand what art is. A group of computer scientists at Brigham Young University is attempting this by feeding their program images by the...

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Robopainter

Friday, July 06, 2012

AARON is the world’s first cybernetic artist: an artificially intelligent system that composes its own paintings. Incredibly, the system is the work of one man, Harold Cohen, who ...

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Hacking Into the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Monday, June 11, 2012

For centuries, artists have come to art museums, set up camp in the corner of a gallery, and sketched the artwork on the walls. Earlier this month, 23 artists used cutting-edge technologies (including 3-D printers and modeling software) to put their own spin on some of the masterworks at the ...

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The Man Who Invented the Dinosaurs

Friday, June 08, 2012

Each of us can call to mind a clear image of many dinosaurs. That’s surprising, since no human ever set eyes on one. The images that we have derive largely from the work of one man, ...

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More With Jill Sonke

Friday, May 18, 2012

Jill Sonke tells Kurt about the benefits and challenges that come with bringing art and artists into health care environments.

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Art Therapy in Action

Friday, May 18, 2012

Can the arts actually improve health care? Kurt gets some answers from Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare at the University of Florida. She explains how t...

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Narrative Medicine

Friday, May 18, 2012

Medical students spend hours studying information on charts and graphs, but when was the last time they studied the meaning behind a good story? We visited a group of OB/GYN residen...

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Novelist Chris Adrian

Friday, May 18, 2012

Chris Adrian's novels tell dark, fantastical stories that draw on his experience working as a pediatric oncologist. Adrian tells Kurt how writing helps him deal with the emotional b...

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Music Heals

Friday, May 18, 2012

After piano music helped him recover from brain surgery, Dr. Richard Fratianne became a true believer in music therapy. In the burn unit at the Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center,...

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Playing Doctor

Friday, May 18, 2012

Television drama has created the impression of an ideal world where decisions in hospitals are made quickly and cost is never an issue. It directly affects our expectations for trea...

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Design for the Real World: Dialysis Machine

Friday, May 18, 2012

Before the invention of the dialysis machine, kidney failure was basically a death sentence. Registered nurse Janice Breen explains how the design of dialysis machines has evolved s...

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Hackers Try to Save the Music Industry

Friday, May 11, 2012

At the Rethink Music conference in Boston last month, programmers, developers, and tinkerers showed up for a 24-hour coding frenzy — a hackathon — at Microsoft’s New England Resear...

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