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Meet the young innovators of today
Young Innovators

These teens want to solve plastic pollution through gene-editing

Owen Plourde and Raphaela De Marchi Padovani come up with ideas for a better future.

Young Innovators

Michelle Kunimoto boldly discovers where no one has before

The 26-year-old has found over 20 exoplanets, and wants others to try their hands at it, too.

young innovators

An EEG for Black people: It came to Arnelle Etienne in a dream

The young innovator is expanding neuroscience to include people like her.

Young Innovators

Masaki Takeuchi is using A.I. to give a voice to the voiceless

People who have been robbed of their voice due to cancer can not only speak again, but speak with their own voice, not a robot's.

Innovation

Young Innovators

Meet the next generation's leading voices in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Innovation

How Kevin Glunt Went From Struggling Student to Sending an A.I. Computer to the ISS

"After it launched, I literally threw my phone cheering."

Culture

Jamie Margolin: Teen Activist Is a Leading Voice in the Climate Crisis

Jamie Margolin isn't a future leader. She's leading now.

Innovation

How a 14-Year-Old Is Building a Yelp for Accessibility in Major Cities

Alex Knoll's concept app could make getting around easier for people living with a disability.

Science

A Long Island Teen Is Forging a Path to Mars, One Homemade Rocket at a Time

"No one wanted to give me any advice in case I blew up and they were involved."

Science

Madeleine Yang: Detroit Teen Takes Home $100,000 for Work on Flu Vaccine

"My own community in Detroit was particularly hard hit."

Innovation

An Alabama Teen 3D-Printed a Foot So That a Wounded Marine Could Snowboard

An unlikely duo makes waves.

Innovation

Atlanta Teens Behind Mental Health "Panic Button" Take on Georgia Legislature

"Now I'm not just living for more than myself. Now I have to keep on living."

Science

Teen Inventor Allie Weber Knows Problems Can Be Solved While Having Fun

For the patent-pending TV host, no challenge is too big or too small.

Science

How a California Teen Is Helping Scientists Look for Aliens

"It sounded like something out of a sci-fi movie." 

Innovation

How Two College Students Hacked Consumer Drones to Find Landmines

This could save thousands of lives.

Science

Meghana Bollimpalli: Arkansas Teen Helps Create Low-Cost Supercapacitor

"If the product that you’re making or designing isn’t cheap, nobody’s going to use it."

Load up on new gear
Shopping

The 6 most durable backpacks

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Shopping

The 6 Best Backpacks For Men

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Innovation

The 9 best minimalist backpacks, according to reviewers

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Mind and Body

These drawstring backpacks are lightweight & functional as hell

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Culture

Start The Year Right With The 3 Best Laptop Backpacks For Students

Go back to school in style with these awesome backpacks to keep your laptop safe. 

Culture

Best Hard Shell Backpacks

You need the right equipment to protect your tech. 

Culture

10 Essential Items for Getting the Most Out of Back to School Sales

Headed back to school? Don't miss out on these essential items.

Innovation

The Best Tech Backpacks You Can Buy Right Now

Stylish and functional.

Innovation

These Are the Best Back to School Backpacks for Under $100

It's almost time for the kids to head back to school.

The 3 Best Tech Backpacks

They all come with a laptop case so you won't need to buy one

Innovation

4 Best Backpacks to Take on an Airplane

Big Enough for a Few Days, Small Enough for the Overhead Bin

Mind and Body

Men's Bags That Look Cool as Hell

Because you need your stuff with you.

Culture

We Love This Functional Briefcase and So Should You

The Cary Single is the perfect combination of style and function

Mind and Body

5 Backpacks and Messenger Bags We're Obsessed With

Carry your stuff in something that looks awesome and doesn't hurt your back or need your hands

Culture

A Men's Duffle Bag as Rugged as It Is Beautiful 

The WP Standard Military Duffle Bag Passes Our Inspection

Live Your Best Cartoon Life With This Amazingly Weird, Eye-Fooling Bag

Wearing a backpack has never been this cool