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Elon Musk Hates This Idea. Ali Hajimiri Is Betting on It.

Caltech professor and inventor Ali Hajimiri has a reputation for defying conventional wisdom and turning science fiction into reality. His latest and boldest project...
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The Rise of China’s Tencent Billionaire

Pony Ma is one of the richest people on the planet. He created Tencent, China's tech colossus and one of the ten largest companies...
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This Smart Gun Could Save Lives

Guns kill more than 30,000 Americans every year, far more than in any other developed country. While lawmakers and activists battle it out over...
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How a Whistle-Blower Changed the World Cup

FIFA, soccer's ruling body, is trying to shake off an image of corruption, but the investigations continue thanks in large measure to a now-deceased...
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This Natural Gas Plant Has Achieved Zero Emissions

Just outside Houston, a company called NET Power has just brought a revolutionary new power plant online. The company says it can burn natural...
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The Millennial Prince Running Saudi Arabia

Known as Mr. Everything for his deep influence in all aspects of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is radically changing his country...
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The Millennial Crown Prince Running Saudi Arabia

Known as Mr. Everything for his deep influence in all aspects of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is radically changing his country...
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The Planetary Threat In Your Window

The starry night sky seems remarkably distant from the topic of air conditioning, but it’s revolutionizing the field in quite an unexpected way. In...
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Meet the Godfather of AI

For nearly 40 years, Geoff Hinton has been trying to get computers to learn like people do, a quest almost everyone thought was crazy...
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How Norway Reinvented Prison

Prisons in Norway look very different than prisons in the rest of the world. In Norway the incarcerated have access to the outdoors and...
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The Glamorous Life of a Pro Gamer

At age 20, professional gamer Michael Schmale had it all: a steady salary, a team mansion overlooking Hollywood and a chef, personal trainer, coach...
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This Brain Implant Can Partially Reverse Paralysis

It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the...
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The AI Robots That Want Your Job

Conventional wisdom today says that robots will put millions of factory workers out of jobs. In this Hello World segment, journalist Ashlee Vance visits...
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Erdogan Tightens His Grip on Turkey

The most pivotal elections in modern Turkish history are taking place June 24th. If Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins, the once ceremonial position of president...
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How America Got Such Pretty Teeth

Cosmetic dentistry has taken over the world. Having perfect teeth shouts success, but where did all begin? Well, Hollywood of course. But one dentist...
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Do North Koreans Actually Make Money?

Less than 30 years ago, North Koreans were more than twice as wealthy as their comrades in China. Now, they're significantly poorer. Here's how...
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Meet Blueberry, the Robot Designed to Make You Laugh

The University of Alberta has a lot going for it. It’s pretty. And it’s home to many an eccentric and clever inventor, like Kory...
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How New York Got Its Skyline

Many of the classic skyscrapers that define New York City’s skyline have their design roots in a monumental 1916 zoning law, which established “setback”...
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This AI Can Clone Any Voice, Including Yours

Journalist Ashlee Vance travels to Montreal, Canada to meet the founders of Lyrebird, a startup that is using AI to clone human voices with...
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The Rise of AI

There's an AI revolution sweeping across the world. Yet few people know the real story about where this technology came from and why it...