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Discover what comes next with this in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. Join our award-winning team of journalists as we crisscross the country to interview the leaders and luminaries reshaping our world.

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The hallucinogenic compound psilocybin is undergoing a renaissance-not as a recreational drug but as a potential treatment for mental health conditions. We follow the journey of one participant of a scientific study into the psychedelic drug's effect on depression.
Trains that run from New York to California in a few hours, laptops that never overheat, and rockets that fly to Jupiter: These are some of the possibilities of superconductivity. After decades of failed experiments, a new discovery may have just gotten us a step closer.
When Chinese researchers published the draft genome of the virus that causes Covid-19 early last January, it altered the course of the pandemic--and possibly changed science forever. Will this spirit of information-sharing and collaboration persist beyond the current crisis?
In this episode, we feature a short documentary by Wall Street Journal senior personal technology columnist Joanna Stern that explores how we can use technology to tell our stories long after we die.
For the vast majority of humans, earth is our home. But that could soon change. Global efforts are underway to build sustainable habitats on the moon within the next decade or two. But beyond covering the necessities in an otherwise uninhabitable environment, we'll also need to consider the psychological effects of living in space, and what it will take to make the moon feel more like home.
Schools around the world are slowly adopting artificial intelligence to better tailor teaching to individual kids. One program maps a student's mastery of math; another assesses literacy and screens for dyslexia. Critics are skeptical that this technology is as effective as promised. Could surveilling students in this way do more harm than good?
Mobile Voting's Future

Mobile Voting's Future

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As the U.S. gets ready for an election during a pandemic, we report on in-person voting options and review the security threats inherent in mobile or blockchain assisted voting. In a previous version of this podcast released on Oct. 2, we said that Bradley Tusk was funding mobile voting apps, including the Voatz app. Tusk Philanthropies has given funding to voting precincts to launch mobile voting pilot programs - not to the apps themselves.
The coronavirus pandemic led to blood-donation shortages across the world, outlining the fragility of the pipeline. That has brought fresh urgency to research that has been decades in the making but is only now starting to become a reality: The production of artificial blood. Last year, researchers began a pioneering clinical trial, and more are on the way, bringing us closer to a world where blood factories augment supplies.
What if we could alert whales to stay away from oil spills? Or hear from dolphins directly when they want treats? Seamless conversation between animals and humans is still a far-off goal. But scientists think that machine-learning tools could open the door to communication with marine mammals. Listen to the first part of this two-part series, Google AI Tries to Save the Whales.
In the Pacific Northwest, an increase in shipping traffic is further threatening the orca population, which has already seen its numbers drop in the face of food shortages and climate change. One of the biggest threats from the boats is noise pollution, which interferes with the whales' ability to communicate. Engineers at a unit of Google may have an answer: An alert system that relies on artificial intelligence.
The America's Cup, the world's oldest sailing competition, has a reputation for fostering innovation. In 2013, contestants began to use hydrofoils-underwater wings on the hull-to lift their boats out of the water during the race, allowing them to reach highway speeds and revolutionizing the sport. An Olympic sailor and a billionaire oil trader are now reimagining the technology to make passenger ferries faster and more eco-friendly.
In recent weeks, protests have erupted in response to police violence against citizens - specifically communities of color - forcing departments to reconsider how officers do their jobs. Police forces have been using tech - like Tasers and body cameras - to try and reduce the use of lethal force and improve accountability. In this episode, we'll explore how emerging technology - like virtual reality training - could improve police training by boosting empathy and tackling racial bias.
The tiny, flying creatures carry all sorts of viruses but don't get sick. How do they do that? We meet the researchers who are mapping bat genomes and studying the animal's ability to fend off inflammation. What they find could help humans better combat the next pandemic. Special thanks to Bradley Klein for allowing us to use his bat call sounds. He's given bat walks in New York's Central Park and surrounding areas for more than a decade.
Research on a vaccine for the new coronavirus is progressing swiftly because of the legacy of scientists working on past diseases. Some of society's most devastating viruses ended up improving the way we study illness and search for cures. We explore the thread that connects research on polio and the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, and consider whether the pandemic will inform future generations of virologists.
Viruses are ubiquitous, found in every crevice on earth. Some, like SARS CoV 2, can end up killing their hosts. But researchers credit ancient viruses with helping us form long term memories. As parts of the world reopen for business, we consider how these little packets of genetic material are not just our enemy, but helped us to evolve. Viruses, it turns out, shaped our genome, and will like be part of our evolutionary future.
Artificial Intelligence can speed up research and improve accuracy. Those qualities are also key to suppressing the spread of Covid-19. With the globe clamoring for solutions to the pandemic, institutions, governments, universities and startups are turning to AI to shave precious time off the quest for a Covid-19 cure.
The market for hemp-based CBD products is exploding. And China wants in on the potential profits. But CBD is highly regulated in China, and THC is illegal. Will China make room for this lucrative product?
The nature of work is evolving. Technology is already an integral part of most jobs, but new developments are changing the way we navigate the workplace. From hiring managers using artificial intelligence and virtual reality, to apps that help workers find their way through maze-like mega offices, the office of tomorrow is already being tested. And lots of people are wondering if technological advancements will keep them working forever.
The clues to heredity hidden in our DNA have long been the purview of scientists. But in recent years, commercial DNA tests have made unlocking those secrets cheaper and easily accessible for millions of people. While most just find out about their ancestry, for some, the tests have opened Pandora's box. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus introduces us to three different stories of DNA tests with unexpected consequences.
For the past few decades, governments in earthquake-prone regions have built up early warning systems. Now, private tech companies are getting into the earthquake business. (Reporters Daniela Hernandez and Robbie Whelan)
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Old man

one of these women sounds like she's on a treadmill while she's talking. Out of breath and all hyped up

Dec 12th
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Old man

Angie is a horrible and narrow minded person. Why would I do that? To avoid cruelty and murder of a sentient creature, and to help combat climate change Maybe?

Dec 7th
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Abdullah ÖZDEMİR

good

Aug 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

informative easy 2 understand cast..

Aug 3rd
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C Mi

Can these technologies be implemented into police uniforms ? To protect law enforcement from making mistakes?

Jun 5th
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Meditative Potato

Unsubscribing. Ridiculously shallow and biased, no moral concerns at all about using sentient beings as vessels for human spare parts. They are not your slaves, they are individuals! What makes you think your life is worth more than theirs? At least some debate could have been carried around the bioethical side of the matter. Instead, they presented it as a marvel, above any questions. I couldn't expect more from WSJ, which gladly cheers behind ruthless and exploitative capitalism, what's left for "inferior beings", right? Long live the all Christian and compassionate american way of life!

Oct 23rd
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boson96

Nothing works. This channel is broken.

Jul 22nd
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Maurizio Cieri

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Jun 16th
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Cam

I usually enjoy this podcast, but haven't found this episode or the last few very engaging.

Jun 11th
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Matt Meshbane

not able to play anything on your channel, WSJ. Fix your shit.

Jun 7th
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Dagad Miner

where has this episode gone?

Jun 2nd
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CJ

Just use QR codes and problem is solved for retailers. No need to POS devices. The US needs to get with it

Apr 20th
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Sam Carroll

NONE of these episodes are downloading. I've been trying for several weeks. I'm on Android, using the Castbox app. No problems with any other podcasts -- just this one.

Apr 10th
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Yunjing Luo

Repeat episode. Love the channel, but the new episodes have been released way too SLOW.

Mar 30th
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Cam

Repeat episode.

Mar 29th
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Tin Mann

i dont like these kind of stories! No injuries 4 u.s. solders! we have the CAP. to wipeout all of bad people without losing troops!

Mar 15th
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Michael Parke

So SJP wants diversity in the workplace but only hires women?

Feb 15th
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Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th
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Tristan Schmitt

j'n à

Dec 29th
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Cam

Going to try Ahimi this week!

Dec 9th
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