The Present

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.

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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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