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NY Prison Break: 6 High-tech Security Measures That Might Have Foiled It

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While the 170-year-old Clinton Correctional Facility — where two convicts recently drilled out of their cells and passed through an underground steam pipe to the other side of a concrete wall — may be undergoing constant renovations, the largest maximum security prison in New York State hasn’t yet joined the judicial, tech arms race. 

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Steven Johnson: How We Made the “Cold” Episode of How We Got To Now

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One of the episodes from “How We Got To Now” focuses on the idea of Cold. We asked Steven Johnson for some behind-the-scenes stories.

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Steven Johnson: How We Made the “Time” Episode of How We Got To Now

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One of the episodes from “How We Got To Now” focuses on the idea of time. We asked Steven Johnson for some behind-the-scenes stories.

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Urban Ecology in Your Concrete Jungle

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Our image of a city — stark stone edifices, featureless glass facades, pavement everywhere — might seem quite devoid of wildlife.

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Snowbot Wars - Can Robots Dig Us Out?

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In a small park, a little way off the central drag of the St. Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota, a group of people have gathered to watch a small robot laboriously shoveling snow into a box. The robot’s creators are looking nervously on as it scans its surroundings to try and work out how best to clear the area rapidly, accurately and safely.

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Could 3D-printing Food in Space Make Mars Travel Possible?

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In space, skin gets itchy. The cabin gets dry, so skin does too. Then it itches.

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How to Create a Superhuman: A Brief History of Prosthetics

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Better technology in prosthetics, the branch of medicine concerned with artificial limbs, means that amputees can do more than ever before — while the technology enabling them to do so is increasingly on display.

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The Nearly-Webs: Five Weird Ways We've Tried to Connect

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It’s been almost 26 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. Inspired by a tweet from How We Get To Next reader Ernie Schell, we’ve found five weird ways of connecting us that, for various reasons, never became as big as the World Wide Web.

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Steven Johnson: How We Made the "Clean" Episode of How We Got To Now

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The first episode of How We Got To Now focuses on the idea of clean. We asked Steven Johnson for some behind-the-scenes stories.

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Is the Future of 3D Printing Recycled Plastic Bottles?

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3D printing promises to be the next revolutionary technology, and it’s not just about toys for hipsters. It could dramatically change the politics of supply chains, offering a chance to make on-the-spot everything from umbilical clamps in Haiti to a baby vein-finder in Kenya or prosthetic limbs in Sudan.

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How We Get to Next is our sister site, looking at the amazing ideas and incredible people shaping the future. We’re working with some of the world’s best science, innovation and technology writers, and we’ll be posting a sample of stories from the site on this blog. 

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