Looking for the future in today’s extraordinary impossibilities
Our world is full of extraordinary people and unimaginable possibilities.
The technological advancements of the future are often found in the peculiar corners of today’s world. This section is dedicated to sniffing out the next big scientific breakthroughs, the emerging human capacities, the echoes of the future found in the present.
Could Our Microbiome Treat Mental Disease and Other Illnesses?
What if some people’s gut bacteria could be used for treating other people’s diseases?
New Ways to Fight Against Colon Cancer
New miraculous drugs against colon cancer are being discovered and tested in clinical trials as we speak.
Is Our Body the Battery of the Future?
This young MIT researcher is harvesting energy from the body itself!
Dogs with Super Powers
According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year. Of those, 1.6 million are adopted each year but 670,000 are still euthanized every year. Even though this number...
The Noses on Our Best Friends Could Save Our Lives
Dogs who smell … CANCER!
Saving Lives with Her Nose
If we are extraordinarily lucky, once in a lifetime we get a chance to spend time with someone who is truly the very best in the world— or one of the best in the world—at what they do. Maybe we get a backstage pass to meet Bruce Springsteen before a...
TED Talk: What Will Be the Next Big Scientific Breakthrough?
Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science -- opening our eyes to entirely new universes. "I'm not talking about science that takes baby steps," says Eric Haseltine. "I'm talking about science that takes enormous leaps." In this talk,...
Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible
Once, human flight was impossible. Instant communication anywhere, anytime was impossible. Leaving Earth was impossible. Seeing farther than the naked eye was impossible. Scientific revolutions have turned a long list of impossibilities into everyday realities. And...
The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s
Joy could smell a musky odor coming from her husband’s neck area, but she didn’t think much of it, until six years later, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Joy and her husband were attending a Parkinson’s disease support group, and to her astonishment,...