Where citizen science meets the coronavirus—and how you can help

Creators of the popular protein-folding game, Foldit, are seeking help to design a treatment for COVID-19.

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  • Since being founded in 2008, the crowdsourced protein-folding game, Foldit, has helped solve many novel problems.
  • In recent months, the Foldit team has presented its community with problems relating to COVID-19.
  • Foldit founder, David Baker, says over 20,000 different designs for potential COVID-19 antiviral proteins have been submitted.
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What will the first weed degree program in the U.S. look like?

Check out the curriculum for the nation's first cannabis-focused bachelor's program.

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  • Colorado State University-Pueblo will offer the first undergraduate weed degree in the U.S.
  • The program will include intensive coursework focused on chemistry and advanced biology.
  • Cannabis has become one of the fastest-growing job markets.
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Scientists make organs transparent so you can see inside

Add some color to the internal structures and you've got some eye-popping imagery.

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  • By manipulating light refraction in organ tissue, it can be made transparent.
  • Coloring internal structures is as "simple" as slipping dyes between tissue cells.
  • A new method paves the way for fully 3D imagery of mature human organs.
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Can psychedelics help treat pain?

Forthcoming Phase II trials with ibogaine aim to find out.

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  • Pharmacology professor Richard J. Miller is hopeful for the resurgence in clinical studies of psychedelics.
  • Ibogaine, used in France for decades, is making a comeback in potentially helping curb addiction and treat pain.
  • Psychedelics were deemed illegal for political and not medical reasons, an error we are reinvestigating.
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Genius Series: Why Schrödinger's cat is the ultimate reality check

Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.

  • Big Think has just launched its Genius Series of tees, sweatshirts, posters and more! Buy here.
  • In this design, we pay tribute to the ultimate reality check in physics: Schrödinger's cat!
  • Erwin Schrödinger was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Other geniuses in this series include Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie and Isaac Newton.
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