Robert Boyle, a 17th century British scientist, once wished 24 things for the future of science, according to the New Scientist's CultureLab blog. Last week, the Royal Society revealed his wish list, which included things like "the inventions of GPS navigation, flight, organ transplants, commercial agriculture, and hair dye, among other things," says the blog's Jessica Griggs.

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