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Emotional Matters

We speak to Affectiva cofounder and CEO Rana el Kaliouby about the opportunities that these products provide in areas such as mental health, mood tracking, and telemedicine as well as the challenges associated with achieving business success.

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Feeling No Pain

As a growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States can attest, pain, and how to treat it effectively and without serious side effects, is one of the foremost challenges in medicine today.

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The Foundry: Scaling Up Biological Design

Above: Depicted, from left to right: Chris Voigt, Ben Gordon, Rob Nicol. Photo by Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering.
Living organisms are amazing feats of engineering: By following instructions encoded entirely in DNA, living systems can sense and respond to their environment, build intricate structures

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Putting a Number on Pain

Will new technologies substantially change the way subjective complaints are measured in clinical trials, and, if so, by how much? Depending on the expert consulted, the answer ranges from a little to a lot.

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Star Trek in Real Life: How Close Are We?

Though the original Star Trek made its debut in 1966, in many ways, most of the technology it portrayed is still light years ahead. However, some of Star Trek’s technology has actually materialized in the last five decades: cell phones, for example, were inspired by the flip phone-like capabilities of communicators in the original series…

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Minor Invasions

As the demand for leave-no-trace procedures is on the rise, a rising number of new technologies have emerged that have increasingly enabled Americans to bypass the knife altogether.