For field biologist-turned-international development expert Alex Dehgan, the chaotic landscapes of nations (and organizations) in flux offer unprecedented opportunities for innovation and lasting transformation.
He last turned heads by funding budding entrepreneurs who quit college to start businesses. Now Thiel's Breakout Labs is doing the same for scientists, granting $50,000 to $350,000 to entrepreneurial-minded free radicals.
When cataloging images of tuberculosis cells became too daunting for a research team at Harvard, they turned to crowdsourcing, and discovered that the masses have the ability to dramatically change the course of scientific research.
To add some powerful new data to doctors and scientists understanding of birth, a baby was just born for the first time inside an MRI machine. The amazing images needed some innovative adaptions of medical obstetric tech so everything worked.
Neri Oxman is the polymath MIT Media Lab fellow who graced the cover of our Most Creative People issue for her work tearing down the traditional walls in architecture and engineering. Here she discusses her notion of a new design mindset that is performance-focused and indifferent to disciplinary boundaries.