My, how time flies.
Rise and Fall
Eight years ago today, this was a headline from The Washington Post, “Gore Will Endorse Dean”.
On the way to the 2004 United States presidential election and less than a month before the caucus in Iowa, the “outside candidacy” (as defined by the Post‘s sub-headline) of Howard Dean received a boost from former Vice President Al Gore.
I bring this headline from 2003 up now to remind the reader that anything can happen in the presidential primary season. Back in 2004, even with Gore’s endorsement, Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, wound up coming in third in the Iowa caucus. During a post-caucus rally, Dean gave a speech that included the infamous “Dean Scream” that was lampooned across the country. Dean would later end his campaign in mid-February after the Wisconsin primary.
Yes, he would later head the Democratic National Committee, but the scream ended his presidenial aspiriations.
The rise and fall of the Dean candidacy should be fair warning to anyone who thinks the current Republican front-runner will be the nominee come November 2012. Anything can happen.
Coming to Your Senses
Eight years ago, the news came out that researchers at Stanford University had completed a design to help restore eyesight. Researchers designed a device that would convert light into chemical signals that would then be transmitted to the brain. Implant chips at the time converted light to electrical signals that the brain would receive. The story ends with the statement that test on animals would begin if laboratory tests were successful.
Eight years later after this design was unveiled, I could find no further news or progress from Dr. Bent or Stanford University. While there have been reports about bionic eyes, telescopic eyes, and other implant devices, there is nothing about sending chemical signals to the brain. What these all have in common is that they rely on light to be converted into electrical signals which are then fed into the brain.
There was this news quite recently that researchers have grown “embryonic eyes” and that they hope to have clinical trials started in a decade.
And the waiting continues.
As for Dr. Bent, she’s now working on solar cells.
In the last month of 2003, the price of gold was at an eight-year high. An ounce of the yellow metal stood at $408.20.
As of yesterday, the price for an ounce of gold was around $1712, a nearly 320% increase in its value in eight years.
Ahhh…how time flies.