Mad (Innovative) Scientists

By Staff
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Mental Floss recently released its list of “Ten Trailblazing Scientists About to Change Your Future.” Beyond the predictable robotics experts and a string theorist, the list includes thinkers from some less expected fields of study. There’s Emily Oster, studying the AIDS epidemic in Africa from an economic perspective, and alien hunter Margaret Turnbull, whose work in astrobiology inspired NASA to launch its own extraterrestrial-seeking program, Terrestrial Planet Finder, using data gathered by Turnbull. If either of these trailblazing scientists achieve their ultimate goal (defeat AIDS, find aliens), the future will look very different indeed.

Morgan Winters

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