The Generalist

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RUN LIKE AN ANIMAL WITH BIONIC BOOTS

For 25 years, inventor Keahi Seymour has dreamed of running with the speed and loping gait of an animal. His inspiration struck at age 12, while he was watching a program about kangaroos. “The announcer said it moves at such an efficient gait by using its Achilles tendons as springs,”...

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IS SECONDHAND VAPING HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH?

A small but disturbing study published last summer found that vaping indoors–even in a well-ventilated room–releases ultrafine particles and potentially carcinogenic hydrocarbons into the air. “Our data confirm that e-cigarettes are not emission-free,” the authors wrote. Still, studies of exhaled vapor find that such emissions turn up at concentrations so...

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NOT ALL VIRUSES ARE ENEMIES

As we learn more about viruses, we need to rethink our view of them solely as pathogens. There’s been quite a bit of attention focused on the microbiome. Back in 1988, it was defined as the community of all microbial living organisms within a particular habitat. But over the years,...

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THE RISE OF THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE INSECT

During the last weeks of winter, in an airy kitchen at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, two design students are making cocktail bitters. A long wooden table holds mason jars and gleaming bottles of bourbon, vodka, and neutral grain spirits. The fragrance of ingredients that will...

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Cancer Survivor Creates Empathy Cards For People With Serious Illnesses

Emily McDowell, has a new series of postcards that are just as funny as her past creations, but far more meaningful as well. McDowell, a cancer survivor, created the Empathy Cards as meaningful and honest gifts for people suffering from serious illnesses. “The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing...

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CALCULATING SAFE EMERGENCY LANDINGS FOR DRONES

When humans first learned how to fly, they crashed all the time. The annals of early flight experiments are littered with the bodies of dead test pilots and aviation pioneers. Safety in manned aircraft improved dramatically over the first century of flight, but as more and more unmanned aircraft enter...

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CAN 3D-PRINTED RHINO HORNS STOP POACHERS?

With poaching on the rise, Africa’s rhinos could be extinct within a few decades. Thousands are slaughtered every year for their horns, which sell for about $30,000 a pound. The horns are used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines, and despite Western medicine having shown that these treatments typically don’t...

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Can Money Create True Wealth?

Imagine someone handed you $100 out of the blue, but with one condition, that you use it to create goodness in the world with it. Would you take the money? Yesterday morning, that’s exactly what we did with the 27 people who showed up on a conference call to launch...