On a happier note than black lung disease, here's one of the inventors coming up with the new products that can help move us off of coal-fired power and bring practical energy to even the poorest places in the world.
Santa Fe based nonprofit Bioneers carried a radio program today about Buckminster Fuller and his design genius. MIT architecture professor Shiela Kennedy is carrying on the genius with a portable energy producing project called MATx Portable Light Project. Like the best designs, they thought about how nature - in this case the firefly - does things and began producing great ideas and products from there.
Listen to the recent Bioneers radio program about Kennedy here.