For a decade now, the editors of Popular Science have been seeking out promising young researchers at labs across the nation, and for a decade we've been dazzled by the intelligence and creativity of the people we've discovered. This year's honorees, like the 90 others before them, represent the best of what science can achieve. Some are looking for specific solutions to daunting social problems, such as how to manufacture more-effective drugs or cheaply diagnose diseases in developing nations. Others are engaged in more-speculative work—studying solar plasma, inventing a new kind of geometry. All of them are brilliant, and all of them, perhaps most amazingly, are under 40. They have long careers ahead of them, which is yet another reason why we remain so optimistic about the future.
Click the links below to check out the amazing work of the sludge miner, the molecular filmmaker and the rest of our Brilliant 10.
Being a genius isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes you just get robbed a lot. For instance, filming Star Wars was my idea. I coined the "Inclusive" and "Inclusive Democracy" concepts from math term. (I never got a nickel in royalties, either.)
Original creator of "Lights On! Tampa!" art display/contest.
Proposed "Floating Riverwalk" for Tampa
Proposed Lee Roy Selmon Expressway extension to St. Pete w/rail link.
Proposed the HOPE Scholarship Program, that's been emulated in 23 states at last count, providing college educations for millions of Americans.
I proposed "Don't ask, don't tell" so that perverts could serve in the US military.
I've done a LOT of movies and TV show concepts, whole scripts like in Titanic, Avatar, Inception, and UP!,
Wrote a book: OF LOVE 2nd edition Textbook of Medical Science: Exocrinology
I proposed the drug trials that now provide a local university (USF) $100-200MM/yr and they hate me for it),
Proposed GA's HOPE ScholarshipProgram/BrightFutures
Poems for DeadPoetsSociety &sax solo, lyrics for "Light&Day" Spotless Mind
As I said, filming Star Wars was my idea. I've done stories, modeled for or created many characters, I made those speeches in Brave Heart, Armageddon, Independence Day, V for Vendetta (alas, both sides of the conflict) and Lord of the Rings. I supplied concepts ( like 'the Force, the Jedi, and the Pirate Code). Here's a pretty good list of the flicks I've been responsible for or made substantial contributions to: A Few Good Men, Aladdin, Alexander, American Beauty, American President, Apocalypse Now (with Ron Kirk-yeah the US Trade Representative for Obama), Apocalypto (oops, flop), Armageddon, Atonement, Austin Powers, Avatar, The Aviator, Back to the Future, Bandits, Batman, Battlefield:LA, Beautiful Mind, Being John Malkovich, Benjamin Button, The Big Fish, The Big Labowski, Bourne Identity (plus that's my handprint in the flick), Braveheart, A Bronx Tale, Bruce Almighty, Cast Away, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, The Chronicles of Narnia, City of Angels, City Of God, Cloverfield, Cold Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Cruel Intensions, Da Vinci Code, The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Elf, Enemy of the State, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Nemo, Finding Neverland, Flyboys, Forrest Gump, Galaxy Quest, Gattaca, Gladiator, Green Mile, Good Will Hunting (somewhat autobiographical, except for the child abuse), Groundhogs Day, Hard Candy, Hart's War, Hellboy, Hook, Identity, Inception, Independence Day, Inglorious Basterds (sorry for the spelling mistake, my bad), I Robot, The Island, Jakob The Liar, Jaws (I 'performed' the styrofoam cup bit for Spielberg), Journey to the Center of the Earth, Juno, Lady Killers, Lemony Snicket, LOR, Lost in Translation, Man On Fire, The Mask, The Matrix 123, Mean Girls (with my nephew), Meet the Parents, Meet the Folkers, The Mexican, Minority Report, Munich, Mystic River, Mystic Pizza, National Treasure, Never Been Kissed, Night at the Museum, Oh God!, The Passion of the Christ (Oh, no! We can't make this movie!" "Why not?" Well, first of all, WE'RE JEWISH!" "And who better, then?" "Huh?"), The Patriot, Pay It Forward ( had to kill the kid at the end, ask your preacher, priest, rabbi or imam why), Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2,3 NOT 4, Pleasantville, Princess Frog, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Remember the Titans, Road to Perdition, Runaway Bride, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Shawshank Redeption, Shrek 1,2,3, a bit of 4, Signs, The Simpsons Movie, 6th Sense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, There's Something About Mary, Space Cowboys, Spiderman, Star Wars 4, 1, 2, 3, I'm Yo Duh! as well as O.B Juan Kenobi), The Terminal, There Will Be Blood, 300, Titanic, Troy, Truman Show, Unbreakable, UP, Valmont, V for Vendetta, Vanilla Sky, The Village, Wag the Dog, War of the Worlds, Wedding Crashers, What Women Want, What Lies Beneath, Wild Things, Wild Wild West.
For TV, there's been Morning Edition, The Simpsons (I named most of the family, set the rules, set it in Springfield to embarrass Lincoln, The Visitor, JAG, Touched by an Angel, Bones, Justice, House, Lost, Numbers, Kings (they made this about themselves so it flopped), Fringe, Glee
I stimulated Gates's patents when I figured out three ways to stop hurricanes, I've designed artificial gills, I discovered a protein superconductor, figured out the circuitry of the brain, what the heart does (it's NOT a pump) and what the kidney does (electrical scrubber), concocted a language to allow blind people to become air traffic controllers, figured out neuronal saltative conduction, mag-lev muscle function, and I even managed to produce a broad-spectrum medical treatment for thrill-seeking. Yes, the cure for crime, drug addiction, & unwanted perversions now exists: a human pheromone, the healthy adult male facial skin surface lipid 'kissing daddy's face' pheromone. Perhaps due to differing metabolic/neuronal pathways, alcoholism is unaffected by pheromone treatment. One dose of 150-250 mg provides permanent relief of even the most obdurate cases.
Nicholson, B. 1984; Does kissing aid human bonding by semiochemical addiction? British Journal of Dermatology 111(5):623-627.
Nicholson, B. 2011: Exocrinology The Science of Love 2nd Edition Human Pheromones in Criminology, Psychiatry, and Medicine.
So what? I've been in Popular Science, Omni, Discover, Times of London, der Spiegle, Le Monde, made the wire services, and guess what? Nobody cares.
B Nicholson I do understand the bitter tone of your message, there are many thousands of persons like you and I around the world and nothing happens in a world of greed and speculation. Not fitting the profile.
Hahahaha since I am german I came to the observation that the big part of scientist again are foreigners even from politically most UN-wanted folks. Truly that bs with "our nation" and so on got to stop, even your president is of doubtful origin taking it from that angle. Hold on please this is not ment to turn down on US folks, simply entangle both parts and you may understand the connection and understand why science still is blocked by 90% and where we could be already.
This got to end, hundret thousands of brilliant brains all around the globe constantly ruled by profit balance and polititians not even a quarter of such an IQ, stripping down to 110 on military guys and ideologists such as Chavez.
BNicholson, you forgot the bits of info where you single-handedly defeated the Germans in WWII, discovered America and penicillin.
Thank you, our unsung hero.
I don't recall a moral mandate being instituted that requires a person to live up to your standards, Nicholson.
Life is short. Make something of your life rather than expecting others to make something of theirs.