About the cover
The 2014 edition of Natures 10 a list of 10 people who mattered in science this year selected by Natures team of editors looks behind the major events and discoveries to the human endeavour that makes science work. This years picks include Andrea Accomazzo, flight director of the Rosetta mission that landed the Philae spacecraft on comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko; Radhika Nagpal, who contributed to the rapid advances being made in artificial intelligence and robotics and Sjors Scheres wins a spot on the list for his work on cryo-electron microscopy. Natures list also includes: Pete Frates, the retired baseball player who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is credited with turning the Ice Bucket Challenge into the social media phenomenon of the year; Sheik Humarr Khan, who dedicated himself to understanding and fighting the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, and who died from the disease in July; Masayo Takahashi, who led the first clinical trial of cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells; Kopillil Radhakrishnan, head of the Indian Space Research Organization; David Spergel, who identified problems with the reported discovery of gravitational waves from the infant universe; Maryam Mirzakhani, the mathematician who became the first female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal prize for mathematics; and Suzanne Topalian, whose work has been crucial in bringing a technique known as cancer immunotherapy from laboratory to clinic. Cover: CGI illustration by Peter Crowther Associates/ Début Art.