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Defining moments of curiosity

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

There are hundreds of quotes from esteemed scientists about curiosity, so why use one? Well, in this case, it works perfectly.

Pioneers like Disney are wired much like the researchers featured in this story. They’re all driven by an insatiable sense of wonder. And they all solve problems with a balance of science and art.

Some say a particular person or event led them to their current field. Others believe they got here by accident, luck, or a little of both. Regardless of the reason, solving one problem has never been enough. One question inevitably raises another, deeper question.

Here, we explore the nature of curiosity through the lens of four scientists, who discuss the ideas and questions that keep leading them down new paths.

[intlink id="8124" type="post"]Emad Ebbini--An array of possibilities[/intlink]

[intlink id="8188" type="post"]Beth Stadler--Magnetic behavior[/intlink]

[intlink id="8145" type="post"]Eray Aydil--Sun signs[/intlink]

[intlink id="6221" type="post"]Marc Hillmyer--Building a better plastic[/intlink]