A Peek at the Possibilities of Biodesign

An air purifier filled with spider webs, a toilet insert that filters estrogen, a cactus-like water harvester—these were just a few of the ambitious and creative ideas presented at the first Biodesign Challenge, which took place on June 23, 2016.

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Hr2: Differential Privacy, Tropical Vaccines, Planetary Sciences

Several vaccines for Zika virus have triumphed in animal tests and are now ready for human trials. Plus, how ‘differential privacy’ allows companies to randomize user data, preserving individual privacy while pulling out larger trends. And a look at planetary sciences – from Jupiter to Pluto, new windows into the origins of our largest and smallest friends around the sun.

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