Robert Boyle has a scientific law named after him. So you already knew he was hot stuff. Apparently, though, the good Mr. Boyle was even more on top of his game than previously suspected. Boyle's "wish list" for future scientific advancements—written in the 1660s and recently released to the public—includes predictions that man would figure out the secrets behind everything from free diving and scratch n' sniff stickers, to genetic engineering, airplanes and organ transplants.(Via Steve Silberman)
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.