Masters of Science 2018

From Daniela Rus on the rise of the robots to Carlo Rovelli on the physics of time, we asked six top scientists to share the latest advances in their fields

FT science editor Clive Cookson on the second instalment of our series celebrating the latest advances in subjects from AI to astrobiology

The theoretical physicist on why ‘exploring the nature of time leads us to understand something about ourselves’

‘The question of whether we are all alone has haunted us down the corridor of time’

Just four crops provide more than half the world’s food. Sayed Azam-Ali on why that needs to change

Mark Miodownik on how smart materials could transform our infrastructure

The inventor of CRISPR on why genome editing will change our lives

MIT roboticist Daniela Rus on why we need to collaborate rather than compete with artificial intelligence

Check out last year’s series, featuring David Eagleman, Cynthia Kenyon, Demis Hassabis and more