Scientists are hacking multi-cellularity. Translation: Cells from your cheek could be turned into stem cells, and then re-grown them into some other body part, like a lung or tonsil. They can also change them into parts that are nearly you. Join the Overground as they are curiously repulsed by organoids: The synthetic step between cells, organs and a newer, healthier you.
Featured Technology: Links coming soon.
The future is now, and it’s lab grown meat: eagle steaks, extruded meat, slaughterhouse daycare, cellular agriculture. Nothing seems impossible as startup companies spring up with industrial-scale cell cultures, and make kinder, better burgers...named Floyd?
Every idea is built on assumptions. Multi-billion-dollar drug development projects are based on less-than-perfect understandings of underlying disease. That understanding could be wrong...at a cost of more than $1,000,000,000. Join the Overground as they pop the balloon of scientific orthodoxy with recent discoveries that challenge what we thought we knew about Alzheimer’s disease.
The Overground turns its terrible attention to drones. To usher in age of drone management the crew composes drone limericks, drone haiku and odes to improved efficiency in traffic management, crop husbandry and the infrastructure of 21st century renewable energy.
Featured Technology: https://www.flintbox.com/public/project/29935/; http://innovation.columbia.edu/technologies/CU18117_automated-disease-detection-in; http://www.research.usf.edu/dpl/content/data/PDF/18B141.pdf
At this very moment Norwegian Bond villains are Photoshopping your pictures to swing local school board elections. University innovation to the rescue! Join the Overground to learn how public-private partnerships are leveraging university innovation and corporate efficiency to secure our elections.
Smaller than a single cell, and using bleeding edge technology, next-generation robots will remake biological systems with the precision of human engineering and the innovation of the internet... sometime in the distant future. Joe went searching for next generation nanotechnology and came back with tubes, nanotubes that is. Listen as the Overground crew riffs on advanced material science, biologically inspired sensors and the under-appreciated brilliance of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle.
The Overground looks into innovations around the biology of MDMA (also known as exstasy, molly, beans, thizz, vowels or Malcom). Trace the drug’s interesting history as it begins in big pharma labs, then moves to CIA mind control experiments and therapists’ offices, before jumping into the 1980’s party scene and the DEA’s banned substance list, before landing in its modern renaissance. Today, PTSD patients are re-wiring their brains with this fascinating drug.
Featured Technology: https://maps.org/research/mdma; https://www.fda.gov/drugs/development-approval-process-drugs/frequently-asked-questions-patents-and-exclusivity#What_is_the_difference_between_patents_a
In this episode the Overground looks at some of the research surrounding medical marijuana.
Featured Technology: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?cond=&term=THC%2C+CBD&cntry=&state=&city=&dist=
The Overground crew celebrates the end of the first season by embracing financial oblivion. In the future financial transactions will track themselves. Nations will no longer control currency. Losing the password for your email may literally cost you all your money. Through the magic of blockchain there is an alternative universe where technology gives you total financial autonomy.
Featured Technology: https://blog.nebula.org/accelerating-genomic-data-generation-and-facilitating-genomic-data-access-using-decentralization-privacy-preserving-technologies-and-equitable-compensation/; https://www.flintbox.com/public/project/51019/
Global climate catastrophe got you down? University innovation to the rescue! Discover how probiotic yogurt can stem the invasion of parasitic diseases from more tropical climes. Marvel at innovation that hacks plants to pull even more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Gain serious misgivings as academics address the dilemma of climate modification with...more climate modification?
Featured Technology: https://www.umassmed.edu/bridge/industry/browse_innovation_by_disease_topics/Immune_Disorders/; https://patents.google.com/patent/US20190015474A1/en; https://www.flintbox.com/public/project/54204/