Thought Innovation

Memories are stored in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, shown in red in this computer illustration.

How Our Brains Make Memories

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder

Marine biology professor-turned-Hollywood filmmaker Randy Olson contends that people missed the message in his first two films because film is not their language.

Are Scientists or Moviemakers the Bigger Dodos?

Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson says that academics must be more like Hollywood in how they share their love for science


Net Worker

Where are your friends in cyberspace? Closer than you might think, says Internet researcher Jon Kleinberg


Civil Wrongs

In a painstaking study of 1960s Atlanta, Kevin Kruse takes suburban whites to task


Keeper of the Keys

Pianist Jason Moran laces his strikingly original music with the soulful sounds of jazz greats


High Scorer

Composer Nico Muhly wowed them at Carnegie Hall and the New York Public Library

There’s a misperception about prejudice, says Richeson, that “people do bad things because they’re bad people, and there are only a few of these bad apples around.” All of us have prejudices, she adds, but we also have the capacity to change.

The Bias Detective

How does prejudice affect people? Psychologist Jennifer Richeson is on the case

“I do think there’s a lot of good writing now on TV,” says Ruhl. “I loved ‘Six Feet Under,’ for example. But writing plays is my first passion. So far, I’m very happy in the theater.”

Wild Woman

Playwright Sarah Ruhl speaks softly and carries a big kick


Painting the Edge

With an eye for despoiled landscapes, Lisa Sanditz captures the sublime


The Big Picture

Political historian Jeremi Suri has come up with a new way of looking at the links between the low and the mighty

Tao, 32, does mathematic both pure and practical—from proving that prime number patterns come in every conceivable shape to deriving solutions needed for the next generation of digital camera and MRI scanners.

Primed for Success

Terence Tao is regarded as first among equals among young mathematicians, but who's counting

“His scientific contributions are joyful, spark curiosity and inspire the young,” computer scientist Jeannette Wing says of her colleague Luis von Ahn (on the Carnegie Mellon campus, seated upon one of the “guest chairs” he keeps in his office).

The Player

Luis von Ahn's secret for making computers smarter? Get thousands of people to take part in his cunning online games


Flower Power

Studying ancient botanical drawings, Daniela Bleichmar is rewriting the history of the Spanish conquest of the Americas


Mounds vs. Vegans

In drawings and paintings, Trenton Doyle Hancock pits archetypes against each other

“Lending to somebody,” says Flannery, “sends the message that you’re treating them as an equal. It’s a dignifiedway to interact.”

I, Lender

Software engineer Matt Flannery pioneers Internet microloans to the world's poor


Meet the Innovators

"The first Glidehouse™ ever built is actually Michelle and her husband's own residence"

House Proud

High design in a factory-made home? Michelle Kaufmann believes she holds the key

Barbed Wire was designed for "preventing cattle from breaking through wire-fences," Glidden writes in his application.

Patent Pending

The Supreme Court may soon reinvent the rules for invention


35 Who Made a Difference: Steven Spielberg

A renowned director contemplates the lessons of history

Thayer contended that even brilliantly plumaged birds like the peacock can blend into, and thus be camouflaged by, their habitats.  To illustrate his theory, he and his young assistant Richard Meryman painted Peacock in the Woods for Thayer's coloration book.

A Painter of Angels Became the Father of Camouflage

Turn-of-the-century artist Abbott Thayer created images of timeless beauty and a radical theory of concealing coloration

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