Because sometimes you don’t need a PhD to change the world.
Best father ever builds son a new hand with a 3D Printer
When faced with paying a $30,000 fee for a new prosthetic hand for his son Leon, father Paul McCarthy instead used instructions from the internet and his friend's 3D-printer to build one himself for the princely sum of $10. Go dad!
13-year old outsmarts lions with bright invention
Kenyan teen Richard Turere created a lion deterrent system using broken flashlight and motorcycle parts to protect his father's herd of cows. The device also helps to save the endangered lions by preventing fatal conflict with humans.
80,000 people around the world help to map retinal neurons
Eyewire harnesses the addictiveness of video games to uncover how vision works. Players color nerve cells in slices of tissue to help map incredibly complex neural networks. Thousands have joined in so far and you can too!
Amateur astronomers contribute to Mars missions
It's been a big year for exploration on Mars. Citizen astronomers played a role too via the Planet Four project, where participants helped analyze millions of never seen before images of the Martian surface, taken by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter.