An Idea for the Future of Science

Handling rows of test tubes in a laboratory

If you could invent something to make life easier, what might it be? NYU Abu Dhabi postdoctoral associate in Chemistry Idrees Mohammed has a bold idea in his field of science that has been selected as a standout entry for a thought-provoking and humorous special feature in Science Magazine.

In January, Science's NextGen VOICES survey asked young scientists around the world to describe a non-existent invention that would make them more effective scientists — whether realistic, futuristic, or comical. Hundreds of students entered, but only 23 were selected for its spring print publication; Mohammed's among them. His short essay, entitled Chembioimpactomatics, laid out a hypothetical scenario that would allow scientists to predict the biological impact of molecules.

Read Mohammed's winning entry — along with others from students in the US, Canada, Chile, UK, China and Egypt — in the April issue of Science Magazine. Other notable student essays imagine a scientific world where temporary human copiers, hope and epiphany generators, and sleep paper readers exist to streamline life in the lab.