Three decades ago, the innovative physicist had a eureka moment that explained the universe.
This archaeologist has pieced together murders from as far back as the Bronze Age to the present. "I get excited about something and I forget about everything else."
Meet some of science's most important movers and shakers—from past and present.
After achieving nuclear fusion at age 14, Taylor, now 19, is working with subatomic particles for solutions to nuclear terrorism and cancer.
We take a look at some of history's greatest innovators in physics.
He made it his life's work to document Mali's illustrious past and led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
We take a look at some of Africa's top intellectual and creative innovators.
Laura Bates teaches Shakespeare's "criminal tragedies" to Supermax prisoners in Indiana, with remarkable results.
Jonas invents new ways to sift and sort data to smoke out wrongdoing, reunite families, and solve other problems.
Nick Watson takes hundreds of veterans into the wilderness as a way to help them readjust to civilian life.
Nocera's invention turns the energy of sunlight into a chemical fuel. But making it cheap and practical is a hurdle.
Find out what led to Marino's transformation from hard-core researcher to animal rights champion, and if others can follow.
Church manipulates microbes and tinkers with DNA to fight disease, create new biofuels, and perhaps even resurrect extinct species.
The blind social worker Sabriye Tenberken is training a new generation of social reformers.
Shubhranshu Choudhary created a community news service using cell phones as the media platform in the area where he grew up.
Sean Gerrity is using Silicon Valley tactics to make the largest wildlife preserve in the continental U.S. a reality.
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