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Doctor Adventure makes an ear!
  • Technology
  • January 5 2016, 9:30 AM

Doctor Adventure makes an ear!

By making prosthetics for artists and superheroes, Seth Kane has gained a reputation as a mad scientist for the eccentric. For his latest feat, Kane converts a friend with a missing ear into a cyborg.

  • Economics
  • November 6 2015, 2:34 PM

Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Is Bitcoin's rise driven by Russian pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi moving into China?

Bitcoin’s price jumped this week, but mostly in China. Is a notorious MMM pyramid schemer Sergey Mavrodi responsible? He wouldn't be the first hustler to get in on the market.

  • Wellness
  • November 6 2015, 10:22 AM

From suicidal shrimp to spiked tap water: where unused medications end up

From suicidal shrimp to spiked tap water: where unused medications end up

It used to be common practice to flush old medications down the toilet, but reports of feminized fish and drugged runoff have raised concerns. Alternative drug disposal methods are not much better.

The woman who can feel every earthquake in the world
  • Technology
  • October 27 2015, 12:24 PM

The woman who can feel every earthquake in the world

Cyborg activist and choreographer Moon Ribas believes that sensory extensions can make us more empathetic to nature and to this planet.

Inside the misunderstood world of psychiatric service dogs
  • Wellness
  • October 21 2015, 2:20 PM

Inside the misunderstood world of psychiatric service dogs

Service dogs for people with psychiatric disabilities and mental illnesses play a complex role in society and struggle for legitimacy. Hopes&Fears meets with the trainers of these canine companions.

You shouldn’t need a prescription to stop a deadly overdose
  • Wellness
  • October 19 2015, 2:55 PM

You shouldn’t need a prescription to stop a deadly overdose

Naloxone won’t make you “high” or “trip.” It's a lifesaving antidote that reverses overdoses from opioids like heroin, OxyContin and Vicodin. So why isn't it available at your local pharmacy?

  • Technology
  • October 13 2015, 4:43 PM

How will Facebook’s "reactions" play with our emotions?

How will Facebook’s "reactions" play with our emotions?

From "Wow" to "Sad", Facebook is testing its new post-like "reactions." We asked a psychologist, a sociologist, and a tech theorist why they are doing this to us and how it might affect our feelings.

Humans are still evolving and we don’t know what will happen next
  • Science
  • October 6 2015, 3:23 PM

Humans are still evolving and we don’t know what will happen next

We spoke to five of the foremost experts on human evolution about its past, present and future.

Is busking on the NYC subway more lucrative than streaming on Spotify?
  • Economics
  • September 29 2015, 5:28 PM

Is busking on the NYC subway more lucrative than streaming on Spotify?

Hopes&Fears ventures into New York City's underground to find out how subway buskers are faring in the age of playlists, piracy, and in-transit selfies.

  • Technology
  • September 18 2015, 3:27 PM

The life and death of the creative computer virus

The life and death of the creative computer virus

We look back at the electronic graffiti of the earliest hackers and recreate the payloads of 1991's most wanted viruses.

Meet the manga avatars of your favorite tech platforms
  • Technology
  • September 15 2015, 1:48 PM

Meet the manga avatars of your favorite tech platforms

Hopes&Fears goes inside the world of OS-tans, or fan-created manga personifications of Windows 10, Facebook, Chrome and other platforms, taking a look at how corporations are coopting the phenomenon.

Earth’s bucket list: your last chance to hike a glacier, be a cowboy and more
  • Science
  • September 8 2015, 1:15 PM

Earth’s bucket list: your last chance to hike a glacier, be a cowboy and more

We spoke with researchers, sustainability experts and the World Cocoa Foundation about just how long you’ve got to take part in some endangered experiences.

Apocalypse now: the changing face of mass destruction
  • Technology
  • September 4 2015, 3:02 PM

Apocalypse now: the changing face of mass destruction

Apocalypse anxiety is nothing new, but is it founded in reality? We take a clear-headed look at the man-made doomsday scenarios that might befall us in the not-too-distant future.

How biofeedback games can rewire your brain
  • Science
  • September 1 2015, 2:34 PM

How biofeedback games can rewire your brain

The neurons that fire together, wire together. We spoke to Evoke Neuroscience's Dr. James Thompson about how biofeedback training can help rehabilitate the physiological changes resulting from trauma.

How virtual reality training is changing American Football
  • Technology
  • August 31 2015, 2:20 PM

How virtual reality training is changing American Football

From strategy to recruitment, new virtual reality technology is upgrading American football. We spoke to some early adopters.

Will Artificial Intelligence get high?
  • Technology
  • August 27 2015, 2:35 PM

Will Artificial Intelligence get high?

We spoke to researchers at the Rensselaer AI Lab and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology about whether machines will experiment with mind-altering substances or fall victim to addiction.

  • Science
  • August 25 2015, 2:48 PM

Study author: Trauma survivors pass on damaged DNA to their kids

Study author: Trauma survivors pass on damaged DNA to their kids

We talked to researcher Rachel Yehuda about how Holocaust survivors' gene mutations can be passed down to future generations.

  • Number of the day
  • August 25 2015, 2:09 PM

60% of Australian students are studying for jobs that will soon be automated

60% of Australian students are studying for jobs that will soon be automated

Currently, 30% of young people in Australia are unemployed.

  • Wellness
  • August 25 2015, 12:56 PM

Are graphic warning labels effective at keeping people from buying cigarettes?

Are graphic warning labels effective at keeping people from buying cigarettes?

Hopes&Fears talked to several public health advocates.

  • Technology
  • August 21 2015, 6:20 PM

Elon Musk's Hyperloop, by the numbers

Elon Musk's Hyperloop, by the numbers

The Tesla founder’s commute revolutionizer has been described as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail-gun and an air hockey table”.