- The concept of the Blue Revolution came alive.
- I then chaired the Hydrogen Technical Advisory Panel of the Secretary of Energy, and we developed a program that in a decade grew a budget greater than solar technology. The Japan Times this morning indicated that two of the three major car manufacturers in Japan will be marketing hydrogen fuel cells vehicles next year.
- I helped initiate a cultured pearl farm, and additionally came up with a new concept of RAINBOW pearls--instead of only white and black, what about Chinese Red and Kelly Green, etc. Plus, in a controlled land-based tank, the whole system matures in half the time.
- With local architectural and engineering firms, we explored the concept of Hawaiian Onsens on the Big Island as an ecotourism adventure. We got very close with a design of a geo-spa for a new golf resort in the Puna region, and actually found an investor. But the Japan economy burst. I did take various trips to Japan to visit onsens, and stayed one winter at one in Kyushu that two weeks after I left was totally destroyed when Mt. Unzen erupted. Hmm...Pahoa, lava...
- The Hubble Telescope had recently been launched and exosolar planets had not yet been detected. So I resurrected my Planetary Abstracting Trinterferometer (PAT) concept, which not only showed promise for finding planets around other stars, but also predict the atmospheric composition.
On the hand, about death, you wonder why the toxin from fugu is not used to execute condemned criminals. Electric chairs, the guillotine, hanging and shooting squads are said to be barbaric, and lethal injections are not working. I've always thought nitrogen gas would be ideal, but just one liver from a blowfish and the tetrodotoxin (right) should do the job. It is said that a Japanese chef whose customer dies from fugu commits ritual suicide. Probably apocryphal, but that would be a source from which various states can employ an executioner.