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The MacArthur Foundation has just released the 24 names of its 2009 class of fellows, who each will be receiving $100,000 a year for the next five years, in what is commonly known as a "genius grant."As always, it's a fascinating grab bag of people working on amazing projects that you probably wouldn't otherwise ever hear about. The most well known is probably the author Edwidge Danticat, but only in comparison to others, who include a papermaker, a man who designs bridges to withstand natural disasters, a man investigating the fertility of the ocean, and a mathematician examining how Venus flytraps snap shut. There are also a photojournalist, a filmmaker, and a print journalist from Jackson, Mississippi, who uses his column to help investigate cold cases from the civil rights era. The full list is here.Congratulations to all the geniuses. Knowing us, you'll probably be reading about their work on this site sometime soon. We love MacArthur grant winners.
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