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A personal health coach for those living with chronic diseases | Priscilla Pemu

There’s no shortage of resources to help people change their health behaviors — but far too often, these resources aren’t accessible in underserved communities, says physician Priscilla Pemu. Enter “culturally congruent coaching,” a program Pemu and her team developed to help patients with chronic diseases monitor their health with the assistance of a coach from their community. Learn more about how this approach transcends language and cultural barriers — and could potentially transform health care in America.

How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world | Adam Garske

“If DNA is the blueprint of life, enzymes are the laborers that carry out its instructions,” says chemical biologist Adam Garske. In this fun talk and demo, he shows how scientists can now edit and design enzymes for specific functions — to help treat diseases like diabetes, create energy-efficient laundry detergent and even capture greenhouse gases — and performs his own enzyme experiment onstage.

Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | Stuart Oda

By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations.

International Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

International students in Panama will have an opportunity this week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

NASA, SpaceX Complete Final Major Flight Test of Crew Spacecraft

NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket Sunday. This was the final major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.