Six Scientists Leading the Way in Technology Discovery Today3 min read

This century has seen some of the most amazing developments and advancements in new technology and many scientists are busy burning the midnight oil, trying to come up with ways to improve different aspects of our lives. New technologies make a real difference in how we interact with the world and are being adapted and changed all the time. Here are six scientists spearheading technologies that will ultimately make the world a better place.

Abe Davis

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He is definitely a hero to most filmmakers and other people who depend on audiovisual output. Abe is leading a team of researchers from Microsoft, MIT, and Adobe to develop an algorithm that will be useful in extracting audio from silent videos, by analyzing the tiny vibrations of objects captured on video. The program is set to pick up vibrations from both high-tech cameras and low quality ones.

Andrew Shield

Shield is building a data transfer system better than the data encryption system, which will be safer to transmit confidential information. So far he and his colleagues have been able to transfer secure quantum key distributions (QKDs) with information through fibers used in traditional communication devices. Unlike the 1s and 0s encryption that is susceptible to hackers, QKDs are not.

Bertolt Meyer

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Meyer is best known for the I-limb which he wears on his hand. Currently he spearheads research on modern bionics, where he works with engineers to help them create and design prosthetics and artificial limbs, based on how the human anatomy works. He uses his condition since he was born without the lower part of one of his arms, to come up with better working prosthetics.

Cori Bargmann

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Cori’s research on roundworms is moving further to uncover the causes of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and autism. She has been able to discover how neurons and genes affect behavior by manipulating them to obtain certain behavioral changes. Her initiative has so far managed to establish the root causes of brain-related diseases.

Gavin A. Schmidt

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Climate change is a discussion that has taken over most public debates today and Gavin develops detailed climate models that show the effects of the factors contributing to climate change. Such factors include shifts in the oceanic bed and the greenhouse gasses. He feels that by understanding how climate change works on a small scale, people will know the eventual effects it might have on the planet.

Katrin Amunts

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The brain is one of the only human organ doctors do not have a complete understanding of. Katrin is leading a team of other researchers to create a 3D map of the brain. She and her team already have a well-detailed map of the brain that is already shedding more light on mysteries of the brain and their relation to behavior.

These are just a few of the leading scientists in new technologies and discoveries today. There are many more scientists out there, making use of their studies in everything from masters of computer science to human anatomy, to simplify the world for others through new technologies.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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