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  • Introducing Freethink

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    The world is changing. Fast. And it’s changing because people are changing it. People with new ideas and new perspectives. People who aren’t satisfied with the status quo and aren’t afraid to think differently.

    At Freethink we’re building a movement. Of rebels, hackers, pioneers, idealists, engineers, tinkerers, scientists, geeks, nerds, influencers, outcasts, artists, activists, do-gooders, disruptors, troublemakers, peacemakers, skeptics, challengers, risk takers. And you.

    We’re reimagining media for a generation that’s changing the world. Join us.

    For more stories profiling pioneers of science and tech innovation, subscribe to Freethink at https://www.youtube.com/fre...

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  • Superhuman Play all

    Brain implants. 3d-printed prosthetics. Spine-healing stem cells. Watch as our superhuman future unfolds...
    • Brain Implant Restores Movement to Paralyzed Man | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 7 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 160,154 views
      A tragic diving accident while on vacation left Ian Burkhart unable to move most of his body. But a brain implant connected to electrodes on his arm restored his ability to move his fingers and cou...
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    • The Real Bionic Man | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,424,931 views
      After his arm was amputated, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with h...
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    • Injection of Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 5 minutes, 25 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 60,468 views
      After a devastating car accident, Lucas Lindner was left almost completely paralyzed. But an injection of embryonic stem cells in his spinal cord has given him back almost complete function of his ...
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    • 3D-Printed Bionic Hands are Changing Kids' Lives | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 7 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 88,564 views
      Powered by 3D printer technology, people are making prosthetics at a fraction of the cost. Watch this episode of “Superhuman” for the story of how e-NABLE, an online network of volunteers, has crea...
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    • A Life Changed by Robotic Legs | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 6 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 42,275 views
      After an accident, Robert Woo was paralyzed from the chest down. Woo spent the next four years in a wheelchair and in therapy. But even as he learned how to live his new life, he couldn’t stop aski...
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    • Gaining Independence with the World's Most Advanced Prosthetic Arm | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 8 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 26,065 views
      While Jerral was serving in Iraq, his tank was hit by a roadside bomb. The attack left him paralyzed and without his left arm. But rather than letting his injuries define him, Jerral is fighting ba...
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    • Father Makes 3D Heart for Daughter | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 5 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,111 views
      When a father’s daughter was diagnosed with a heart disease, he set out to design an innovative 3D model of a heart that doctors could explore in virtual reality to save her life and thousands more...
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    • The Promise of Gene Therapy | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 5,626 views
      When doctors told Karen there was no cure for her daughter’s brain disease, she took action. With no scientific background, she created a gene therapy business that can fix the faulty genes causing...
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    • Reversing Blindness | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 8 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 27,702 views
      Vanna started to notice a change in her vision. Six months later, she was legally blind. But Vanna never lost hope, and enrolled in an experimental clinical trial. Her doctors injected stem cells f...
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    • Open Sourcing the Brain | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 7 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 13,166 views
      OpenBCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows our brains to interact with software. Want to measure the effect of meditation on your brain? It's possible. Want to control a prosthetic limb...
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    • Superhuman – A Freethink Original Series – Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 8,720 views
      From prosthetic limbs and exoskeleton suits to implants that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear to bionic organs that are giving people a new lease on life; amazing advances in bionics and...
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    • Father Creates Bionic Organ for Son | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 104,459 views
      A father’s quest to help his son with diabetes led him to develop an artificial pancreas that could change the lives of millions of people who suffer from the disease.

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  • New Space Race Play all

    Meet the next generation of explorers taking us higher and farther than ever before.
    • Roundtrip Flights to Space | Freethink's The New Space Race - Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 103,285 views
      What if you could fly round trip to space, any day during the workweek? Jeff Greason and his company XCOR are working on a spacecraft prototype to do exactly that. Hunkered down in the Mojave Deser...
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    • Small Satellites With a Huge Impact | Freethink's The New Space Race - Duration: 7 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 40,008 views
      Spire’s CubeSat satellites—each about the size of a shoebox—can collect and transmit weather data 10,000 times a day, which is more than six times as often as the massive, billion-dollar satellites...
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    • A Delivery Service for the Moon | Freethink's The New Space Race - Duration: 9 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 60,839 views
      Imagine a delivery service that promised to drop your package within five miles of your house, but couldn’t tell you exactly where until after the delivery had happened. That’s how landing on the m...
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    • Made in Space | Freethink's The New Space Race - Duration: 8 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 59,030 views
      NASA intern turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Jason Dunn, saw what was holding humans back from colonizing outer space...and decided to do something about it. With his company Made in Space’s cut...
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    • Preparing to Live in Outer Space | Freethink's The New Space Race - Duration: 8 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 24,308 views
      Twenty years from now, humans will live and work in space in record numbers—so says Rick Tumlinson, a two-decade veteran of the private space industry. As companies work feverishly to develop the t...
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    • New Space Race – A Freethink Original Series – Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 3,494 views
      In July of 2011, the U.S. suspended its decade’s long Space Shuttle program, officially ending an era of space exploration that began over half a century ago. Some have mourned its passing as a sig...
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  • Wrong Play all

    An animated series about the bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds throughout history. Because the world is complex and the future loves to surprise us.
    • The Y2K Bug is Going to Bite! | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 7 minutes, 29 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 108,900 views
      In the months and days leading up to the year 2000, many grew alarmed that a computer bug would collapse networks and bring down economies and global stability in its wake. Did we narrowly avoid th...
    • We’re All Gonna Starve! | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,632,706 views
      A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwi...
    • Beware the Frankenbabies! | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 117,627 views
      As scientists began to develop in-vitro fertilization in the ‘70s for parents struggling to have a baby, experts and media piled on with frightening predictions that almost stopped the invention th...
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    • Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 1,336,929 views
      To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and d...
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    • Did Rats Start the Drug War? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 5 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 11,678 views
      Much of our shared understanding about drugs and addiction came from a series of studies done in the 1950s and 60s on lab rats. But a skeptical researcher has designed his own study that involves, ...
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    • Is Vitamin C a Total Sham? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 220,852 views
      In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want to think twice. While it has ballooned into a billion dollar business and crystallized as an all-powerf...
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    • What Happened to the Beepocalypse? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 681,037 views
      In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse tha...
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    • Will Robots Take Our Jobs? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 177,173 views
      Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, fear of automation has been on the rise. From weaving machines to cars to computers, cries about robots coming to take our jobs keep getting louder. But...
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  • Coded Play all

    In the wake of Russian hacking and Equifax, there's never been a more important time to explore the murky world of hacking, cybersecurity and digital surveillance.
    • Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem Wants to Disrupt Money | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 175,465 views
      Charlie Shrem went from being a multi-millionaire to having almost nothing. Founder of BitInstant, Shrem was one of the first Bitcoin entrepreneurs. And it paid off big time. Until he allowed a cus...
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    • The Unhackable Email Service | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 540,285 views
      Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. After spending 10 years building Lavabit, he has to destroy it all in ...
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    • Erasing Your DNA | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 12,164 views
      Heather Dewey-Hagborg never leaves a trace of herself anywhere. An artist and activist, Hagborg wants people to understand the hidden secrets in the DNA they leave behind everywhere they go - and w...
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    • The People's NSA | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 9,616 views
      Meet the hackers who are working with investigative journalists to expose organized crime and corruption by some of the world’s most sinister governments. Those governments are going to great lengt...
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    • Hacking the Future | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 5,339 views
      Welcome to DefCon, the largest gathering of hackers in the world. In the crowd is Nico Sell. Sell is founder and chairman of the online privacy organization, Wickr Foundation. She’s on a mission to...
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    • Protecting Journalists from Surveillance in Ethiopia | Freethink Coded - Duration: 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,350 views
      Meet the cyber security expert helping bloggers in Ethiopia escape capture, torture, and possible death at the hands of the government. Endalk Chala spends his days as a doctoral student in Oregon,...
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    • Coded - A Freethink Original Series - Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 14,972 views
      There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA i...
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    • Meet The Lawyer Who Defends Anonymous | Freethink Coded - Duration: 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 127,735 views
      Jay Leiderman isn’t your normal defense attorney. He’s committed his career to defending hackers, including Anonymous, the world’s most secretive and famous hacking organization.

      For more stories ...
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    • Hacker Wins Election As Pirate Party Leader | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 105,167 views
      In the wake of the Panama Papers hacking scandal, computer programmer Smári McCarthy decided he needed to apply his "hacking for good" philosophy to politics. As a member of the Pirate Party - a po...
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    • What Happens When a Hacker Hero is Arrested by the FBI? | Freethink Coded - Duration: 6 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 10 months ago
      • 155,662 views
      The super-secretive hacker known as MalwareTech became famous when he dismantled the WannaCry computer virus, one of the most alarming privacy threats in recent memory. But the praise was cut short...
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    • This Research Team Wants to Hack Your Car | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 104,407 views
      What happens when an SUV going 75 miles-per-hour down a highway is hacked from a remote computer? Two researchers in Pittsburgh want to make sure we never find out. As cars have become more automat...
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    • How AI Could Revolutionize Coffee | Freethink Coded - Duration: 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 118,566 views
      Around 1 in 60 people on the globe rely on the coffee supply chain for their livelihood. But it’s an antiquated system, rife with uncertainty, unfairness, and even corruption. Bext360 wants to chan...
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  • Crossing the Divide Play all

    The under-told stories of people coming together from opposing sides of the most contentious political, social and cultural issues of our day.
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  • Our Bionic Future Play all

    The merging of man and machine is upon us.
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  • Medical Innovations Play all

    From mind-controlled bionic arms to experimental gene therapies, meet the pioneers and patients on the frontlines of medical innovation.
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  • Challengers Play all

    Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join us as we profile the next generation of challenger companies and get an intimate view of where they are on their journey to transform an entire industry—and change the world.
    • How Virtual Reality Could Change Your Life | Freethink - Duration: 5 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 5,371 views
      Virtual reality isn’t just for games anymore. Linc Gasking and his team of visual effects experts at 8i thinks they can make holograms of humans so real, that VR will go mainstream and they’ll alte...
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    • What Will Schools Look Like in the Future? - Duration: 6 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 143,921 views
      Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it work more like a social network. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-pers...
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    • Can AI Solve Our Biggest Problems? | Freethink Challengers - Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 63,046 views
      Scott Phoenix, cofounder of Vicarious, believes artificial intelligence could one day cure cancer, create new forms of energy, and solve virtually every problem that humans simply can’t. With the s...
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    • Can This Startup Rethink Nuclear Power? - Duration: 5 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 13,804 views
      Dr. Leslie Dewan and her team at Transatomic are designing a nuclear reactor that can produce much more electricity than a conventional reactor, while creating much less nuclear waste. But to imple...
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    • An App for Global Trade | Freethink Challengers - Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 309,824 views
      Ryan Petersen, founder of Flexport, believes that nothing helps people improve their lives more than the ability to trade with one another. And, yet, even in the era of free trade, international sh...
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    • Challengers - Fast Company Presents a Freethink Original Series - Trailer - Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,820 views
      Across the globe, innovative entrepreneurs are racing to develop new businesses that could dramatically improve people’s lives. But startups are hard work, and success is far from guaranteed. Join ...
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  • Bright Ideas Play all

    Bite-sized insights from leading entrepreneurs, innovators and activists.
    • Can Growing Organs in Pigs Solve the Organ Shortage? | Freethink On the Fringe - Duration: 6 minutes, 53 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 172,098 views
      America is in the middle of an organ crisis. 20 people die every day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant and over 100,000 people are on waiting lists. However, some researchers think they have a s...
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    • KnoNap: The Drug Detecting Napkin | Freethink - Duration: 106 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 111,392 views
      College student Danya Sherman was drugged and sexually assaulted by a classmate. Her response was to create a product that would alert would-be victims of possible drink contamination. The KnoNap i...
    • Coffin-Building Clubs Help Seniors Face Death and Enjoy Life | Freethink - Duration: 6 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 92,373 views
      Most people are afraid of death. But members New Zealand’s Kiwi Coffin Club are facing it head on. Founded by Katie Williams, a former midwife and hospice nurse, members build and then decorate the...
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    • Karen Aiach on Doing the Impossible | Freethink - Duration: 83 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,126 views
      Doctors told Karen her daughter's disease had no cure. But she refused to take no for an answer.


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    • Leslie Dewan on Learning from Failure - Duration: 84 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 2,816 views
      Dr. Leslie Dewan, CEO of nuclear power startup Transatomic, discusses the importance of entrepreneurs' ability to bounce back and learn from failure. Watch more about Transatomic here: https://yout...
    • Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits | Freethink - Duration: 89 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 1,400 views
      Could linking our brains to computers allow the mind to control the world outside of our bodies?


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    • Nico Sell on Recruiting Hackers for Good | Freethink Coded - Duration: 61 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,538 views
      Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the Wickr Foundation, on teaching kids how to hack and encouraging them to use their new-found talents for good.

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  • Popular uploads Play all

    • The Future of Cancer Research | Freethink - Duration: 5 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 2,765,815 views
      Intel employee Bryce Olson was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. When the standard of care didn’t work, Bryce turned to genomic sequencing which allowed his doctors to identify specific genet...
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    • The Real Bionic Man | Freethink Superhuman - Duration: 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,424,931 views
      After his arm was amputated, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with h...
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    • We’re All Gonna Starve! | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,632,706 views
      A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwi...
    • Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 1,336,929 views
      To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and d...
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    • Introducing Freethink - Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 719,263 views
      The world is changing. Fast. And it’s changing because people are changing it. People with new ideas and new perspectives. People who aren’t satisfied with the status quo and aren’t afraid to think...
    • What Happened to the Beepocalypse? | Freethink Wrong - Duration: 4 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 681,037 views
      In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse tha...
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    • Offering Prisoners a Second Chance Through Education | Freethink Stand Together - Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 569,307 views
      68% of people released from prison return within three years. But less than 1% of graduates from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison ever return. By offering college degree programs, their m...
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    • The Unhackable Email Service | Freethink Coded - Duration: 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 540,285 views
      Ladar Levison built an encrypted email service called Lavabit that counted a prominent figure among its users: Edward Snowden. After spending 10 years building Lavabit, he has to destroy it all in ...
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    • Meet Civil — The Startup That Wants to Put Journalism on the Blockchain | Freethink - Duration: 5 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 513,155 views
      The news industry is in crisis. Traditional ad models have not transitioned well to the digital world and many newspapers have closed their doors. Clickbait has risen as the pressure to get views a...
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    • Bringing Jobs Back to Coal Country | Freethink Stand Together - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 367,769 views
      People in Appalachia have been struggling for years - but this non-profit sees an opportunity to invest in the community. Coalfield is creating new businesses and training workers with the skills t...
    • Helping Kids through Rowing | Freethink Stand Together - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 344,050 views
      Rowing isn’t a sport you associate with disadvantaged communities - but it’s become one of New York City’s most effective after-school programs. The kids who join Row New York have a 100% high scho...
    • An App for Global Trade | Freethink Challengers - Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 309,824 views
      Ryan Petersen, founder of Flexport, believes that nothing helps people improve their lives more than the ability to trade with one another. And, yet, even in the era of free trade, international sh...
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