A new study out of the National Bureau of Economics Research examined the careers of eminent inventors and Nobel Prize winning scientists and found that – at least for history's greatest minds – the genius and innovation required for "great scientific output" seem to peak in the late thirties.
Neuroscientists, along with pretty much everyone else, have long suspected that Albert Einstein's brain was somehow unique. A new study now affirms these suspicions, showing that his genius may have arisen from the way the hemispheres of his brain were so freakishly well connected.
Humans evolving into hyper-intelligent beings is a powerful idea in science fiction, but that's probably where the idea will have to stay. Our brains have reached an evolutionary "sweet spot", and we can't get much smarter without making major trade-offs.
Why didn't somebody think of this long ago? U.S.S. Pinafore enlists Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera in Starfleet, with amazing results. If you've ever wished Little Buttercup's libretto included tribbles and Saurian brandy, then watch the trailer below.