We celebrate the heroes who propelled science forward, the communicators who brought science to the public, the families who kept science going for decades and the forgotten researchers whose work lives on. The flowers in your garden brighter than you think, and it has nothing to do with the color of their petals. Plants are actually pretty smart, and scientists are learning why. Researchers have notched few victories in fight against pancreatic cancer, but a revolutionary new method using the body's own immune system may tip the scales in scientists' favor.
Plus: The war over (quantum) reality, and the last of Easter Island's endemic species cling to survival. All this and more in our heroic May issue.