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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Jay Whitacre
As 21st century technology strains to become ever faster, cleaner and cheaper, an invention from more than 200 years ago keeps holding it back. It's why electric cars aren't clogging the roads and why Boeing's new ultra-efficient 787 Dreamliners aren't flying high.
"You can't get around the fundamental thing is that lithium ion batteries are stuffed full of flammable liquid," Whitacre said.
"If you crack it ... it'll change the world," said Carnegie Mellon University materials science professor Jay Whitacre.