National Geographic : 2012 Jun
Crisis Mapper Patrick Meier applies new lifesaving technology to humanitarian and human rights crises worldwide, making response and relief faster, more targeted, and effective. Photo: Kris Krüg/PopTech Conservation Biologist Krithi K. Karanth conducts interdisciplinary research to better understand ecological and social dimensions of conservation. Photo: Sandesh Kadur/NGS Data Scientist Jake Porway connects pro bono data scientists with social change organizations to solve pressing problems, using data collection, management, and analysis in the service of humanity. Photo: Kris Krüg/PopTech Archaeologist Jeffrey Rose raises questions about early humans' timing and route out of Africa and makes the process of scientific discovery more accessible, exciting, and immediate to the public. Photo: Scott DeGraw/NGS Archaeologist Sarah Parcak revolutionizes the field of archaeology, using infrared satellite imagery to reveal hidden cities, roads, and pyramids buried for centuries below Egypt's landscape. Photo: Louise Bray/BBC Guerrilla Geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison challenges children and adults to explore and connect with the world around them in creative new ways, inspired by his films, books, website, and walks. Photo: Darren Moore Engineer Ibrahim Togola transforms prospects for western Africa's remote rural areas through renewable energy projects, innovative economic development, environmental protection, and advocacy. Archaeologist Daniel Torres Etayo combs land and sea, exploring archaeological sites and shipwrecks to shed new light on Cuba's history, ancient aboriginal culture, and unsolved mysteries. Photo: Tom Burrell Digital Storyteller and Zoologist Lucy Cooke champions the unloved yet endangered animals of the world through quirky videos, blogs, and documentaries, reaching a new, wider audience with conservation messages. Photo: Kira Ivanoff/NGS Cyborg Anthropologist Amber Case explores how humanity's new relationship with information via computers and mobile software is changing the way we think, interact, and understand our world. Photo: Kris Krüg Underwater Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda dives into Mexico's caves, discovering ancient human bones and a road to the underworld that reveal new insights about Maya rituals and culture. Photo: Guillermo Pruneda Chemist Yu-Guo Guo invents nanotechnology that could reshape the feasibility of electric vehicles, creating batteries that are smaller, more powerful, and less expensive. Photo: Jin-Song Hu Behavioral Ecologist Iain Couzin reveals principles of collective behavior that improve understanding of how groups of people, animals, and cells can accomplish together what they cannot individually. Photo: Simon Garnier Photo: Yamila Lomba Photo: Cheryl Zook/NGS Photo: Jon Ross Conservationist Osvel Hinojosa Huerta leads efforts to restore the Colorado River Delta, renew river flow to the sea, and re-create crucial wetlands so wildlife and local economies can flourish again. Pilot and Educator Barrington Irving inspires youth to excel academically and pursue their dreams through dynamic skill-building educational programs and his own history-making flight.