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  • Connecting Games with Reality

    Kati London, named to the 2010 TR35, explains how she designs games that incorporate real-world data to educate players at Area/Code’s offices in New York.

  • Fighting Disaster with Crowdsourcing

    David Kobia, the 2010 TR35 Humanitarian of the Year, explains how Ushahidi grew from a single blog post to a sophisticated online platform that can manage crises around the world.

  • How to Make Robotic Hands

    Aaron Dollar, a 2010 TR35 member, demonstrates in his lab at Yale University how he makes inexpensive and flexible plastic hands that robots can use to grasp a wide range of objects.

  • Learning the Ways of the People of the Web

    2010 TR35 member Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, studies how people use social networks and makes recommendations about how companies can best use social technologies to serve their users. Recently, Boyd has been a vocal advocate for better privacy controls on social networks.

  • How to Redesign Life

    At the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD, researchers have developed one of the most powerful methods yet for redesigning life. By editing genomes on the computer, synthesizing them in the lab, and transplanting the genomes into cells, Venter Institute researchers can speed up the process of genetic engineering. Ultimately, they want to design and create microbes that efficiently produce clean fuels, vaccines, and other products.

  • Making Better Photonic Devices

    Michelle Povinelli, a member of the 2010 TR35, explains how a fuller understanding of light’s fundamental physics can lead to better designs for telecommunications devices and solar cells.

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