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Big Business Gets the Hollywood Treatment

inkling_revival Wrote: May 25, 2012 10:24 AM
The truth about the electric car called the EV-1, the subject of Who Killed the Electric Car, is that there was no demand for it. It was a lousy vehicle, heavy, tiny, grossly expensive. Its range of less than 100 miles dropped by 10% if you just turned on the doggone headlights, and was cut in half if you ran the heater. GM didn't even make enough money on sales to cover the maintenance costs, let alone turn a profit. They did not kill the EV-1 in order to make their friends at Texaco rich (seriously -- why would they do that?) but because they, themselves, were not in business to lose money on Enviro-Loon wet dreams.

Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old kid from Maryland, just won the world's largest high school science competition by creating a new test for pancreatic cancer, one of the nastiest and most lethal forms of the disease.

According to various news reports, the winning submission at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is "28 times cheaper" than existing tests and far, far more accurate. Andraka received $75,000 for his efforts, and he's applied for a patent as well. That will probably earn him far more in the years to come.

This comes on the heels of another teen wunderkind. In December, Angela...