Second, commercial cinema became popular about a century ago, with sound added in 1927. To the left is a photo of a nanographene molecule taken by IBM five years ago. The first photo ever taken occurred a century before the first film. Scientists are now making movies of interacting molecules. I don't think, though, that sound is yet part of this show.
- Initially gain some credibility in an esoteric subject. In my case I wrote the original ocean thermal energy conversion and hydrogen legislation when I worked in the U.S. Senate. I was lucky.
- Armed with this achievement, I visited with Department of Energy and National Science Foundation officials seeking a small grant to host various research development workshops where the top scholars are invited to my university to produce the document providing research priorities.
- Luck #2: I lived in Hawaii, where people, especially federal program directors, liked to visit. As I wrote the final report, I made certain our capabilities were well represented in future call for proposals. The academicians picked to review these proposals were, of course, us, because we were the obvious experts. We formed our own old boys and girls society to select the winners. In other words, don't try to crack the old system...form your own.
- This resulted in national centers for OTEC, hydrogen and seabed resources (another bit of legislation I shepherded through Congress). The National Sciene Foundation bestowed the Marine Byproducts Engineering Center to the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii.
- Who should take aspirin to prevent cancer. Sixty genes are turned off or on in response to this common drug, but who benefits depends on the person.
- The future is not the current lithium battery. Liquid electrolytes could well be the solution. I've long felt that flow batteries had more promise than the kind we now use. Maybe the lithium-ion flow battery could well become that next generation, but fuel cells I think shows more promise as the storage of choice, especially if hydrogen someday actually becomes "cheap." Then, of course, there is that transition bridge, the direct methanol fuel cell, for methanol is ten times cheaper than hydrogen, with 1.4 times more accessible hydrogen molecules than liquid hydrogen.
- Sure, we know that apes and birds use tools, and we long thought that Homo sapiens were the first to develop technology. Apparently not, for advanced stone tools were recently unearthed in Kenyan that were 3.3 million years old. We are only around 300,000 years old.
- Are signals from Boyajian's star the first sign of aliens?
Here is the path history of Noru: