The members of the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Science list are turning science fiction into reality.
“My father was a founder, my uncle has a logging company and my grandmother is a botanist,” says Maddie Hall, founder of the startup Living Carbon, which is growing genetically modified trees that take more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and offer greater durability and faster growth. “So there was a destiny for me to be a founder of a plant biotech company.”
Enlisting genetically engineered trees to fight against climate change may sound like science fiction, but Hall, 28, is just one of the members of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science with inventions that sound straight out of a sci-fi novel.
Take Jelena Notaros, 27, for example. This assistant professor at MIT is designing augmented reality displays that produce real-life holograms. Recently, her team developed