My advice to those kids, and to all kids, is to keep thinking outside the box, think up, and work on, solutions that seem unconventional. Because it is the unconventional people just like them who have moved STEM fields forward, and it will be the unconventional thinkers like them who will continue to do so.
Science fiction sometimes barely beats out science fact as technological advancements rapidly transform the world. But the changes that are anticipated aren't always the ones that arrive. Here's a look back at what the polls tell us the public has expected from scientific progress -- and how often they've been disappointed.
The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has released a new report, "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014," a listing of authors who have written multiple highly cited reports and have thereby demonstrated that their work is central to ongoing research in their respective fields.