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Biosimilar drugs have the potential to change the medical landscape. We talk about what biosimilar drugs are and their pros and cons.

The Future of Gender, Part 2

Society's concepts of sex and gender are mutable. How have those concepts changed throughout history? Could future changes help alleviate social issues affecting us today? Raquel Willis joins the team to discuss the past, present and future of gender.

The Future of Gender, Part 1

Society's concepts of sex and gender are mutable. How have those concepts changed throughout history? Could future changes help alleviate social issues affecting us today? Raquel Willis joins the team to discuss the past, present and future of gender.

Gene Drives, GMO Pests, and Avoiding Extinction

A new genetic technology called a gene drive could help eradicate deadly pests, like invasive rats in the Galápagos or malaria-carrying mosquitos. But exactly how hazardous could accidental consequences be?

Edible Electronics

Making supercapacitors out of the same stuff you'd buy for a barbecue seems strange, but edible electronics could change the medical industry for the better. Tune in to learn how (and what they'll taste like).

The Future of Pain

Pain is both a physical and emotional experience, which makes it hard to treat. Today's therapies (like opioid drugs) come with dangerous side effects. How could new research change the ways we treat pain?

Fw:Thinking: Hands of the Future

The latest generation of robotic hands are scary precise and will soon challenge humans for the dexterity crown. This week we profile three different efforts to bring life-like robotic hands to reality.

Fw:Thinking: Do Death Differently!

From a company that wants to feed us to trees, to a method of shattering bodies Terminator-style, to turning us into vinyl records; we examine some of the more interesting and environmentally friendly methods of doing death differently.

Fw:Thinking: Hunting Exoplanets

NASA’s Kepler mission recently verified 1,284 new planets for further study, bringing us one step closer to finding and understanding life in the universe. This week we take a look at Kepler’s progress in finding Earth 2.0.

Fw:Thinking: NASA Design Challenge!

NASA will soon be announcing the winners of its X-Hab 2017 Academic Innovation Challenge. From radially accelerated farms to an in-space manufacturing and recycling system, we take a look at this year's design topics.

Fw:Thinking: Planetary Defense!

In 2013 a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia with the force of 20 nuclear bombs. The scariest part? We had no idea it was coming. In this episode we look at ways to defend Earth against potentially hazardous objects from space.

Redefining the Second

A new type of clock might require a new definition of what a second is. Is time about to turn upside down?

Manufacturing Lifeforms

Are we close to creating all-new life forms? What are the scientific challenges? Should we be concerned about ethics?

Google Goes Magenta

Can a computer create art from scratch? How will Google's Magenta project actually work? And can a machine be truly creative?

Exoplanet Overload

NASA researchers announced the Kepler telescope had verified 1,284 new exoplanets. How did they do that and what does it mean?

What is the future of robotic hands?

Hands are awesome. They're also difficult to replicate. What's the state of the art of robotic hands?

Oven 2.0

When we think of the future, we don't often consider our common appliances. But what will the oven of the future be like?

The E-Waste Problem

What is e-waste? How big a problem is it? And what can we do to fix it?

And We're Live!

Livestreaming has really taken off. What's the future of livestreaming?

Are Cryonics Cool?

Would cryogenics put you into suspended animation or would it just kill you? The crew looks into what happens when you're put on ice.