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Original Essays | September 9, 2013 5 comments
Editor's note: Chris Bolton is not only a former Powell's employee, he was also once the primary writer for this blog. So we are particularly proud... Continue »
Eugene KaplanDescribe your latest project.
I recently designed and supervised the building of a public aquarium. It is an "aquaculture demonstration center" and contains many fishes/invertebrates cultured commercially on farms in the United States, from catfish and tilapia to salt water fishes like striped bass. Visitors can see in operation the complex equipment required to purify water on farms. In aquaculture the fishes, clams, oysters, abalone, etc., must be raised under very crowded conditions to be economical, necessitating the most sophisticated technology.
What inspires you to sit down and write?
What do you do for relaxation?
What new technology do you think may actually have the potential for making people's lives better?
What was your best subject in high school? Your worst?
Describe the best museum of science and/or industry you've ever visited and what made it great.
By the end of your life, where do you think humankind will be in terms of new science and technological advancement? By the end of my life you mean in ten years. I am hopeful that cures for cancer and mental disease will be developed. These will be the products of molecular genetics. Hydrogen-based technology will appear if the political/industrial opposition is broached. Stem cell research will appear if the political/industrial opposition is broached. The rise of religious fanaticism will be overcome to allow science to function.
Which country do you believe currently leads the world in science and technology? In ten years?