Christopher Monroe of the Joint Quantum Institute sits before a 16-by-4-foot table covered in optical equipment. His team has been able to "teleport" an atom a distance of about one meter. Brad Horn/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Brad Horn/NPR

Ashton Stark stands next to his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, which he converted into an electric car. Courtesy Noel Stark hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Noel Stark

Pelicans rest on an oil retention boom near Grand Isle, La. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images

Smart bandages, including this one from Corventis, can transmit cardiac data in real time from a patient's body to a doctor. Courtesy of Mark Dastrup hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Mark Dastrup

This composite image of brain scans shows two traits of a highly impulsive individual. The cool colors in the midbrain are indicative of a decrease in dopamine receptor levels while the warm colors show elevated levels of dopamine in a different part of the brain called the striatum. Joshua W. Buckholtz and David H. Zald hide caption

toggle caption Joshua W. Buckholtz and David H. Zald

A woman performs chest compressions on a mannequin while learning CPR on the steps of San Francisco City Hall. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A Pleurosigma, a type of phytoplankton in the ocean. Phytoplankton generate more than half of the Earth's oxygen. Harry Taylor/Nikon Small World hide caption

toggle caption Harry Taylor/Nikon Small World

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor