Somewhat wrong. Research and development (R&D) is a relatively small part of the budgets of the big drug companies.
If this is actually true, I'd like to see some figures or at least a link.
I guess after the Indian Ocean tsunami of '04 they should have considered the possibility...
They did consider the possibility. It was built to withstand a 5.3 meter tsunami, which would have been of record size. Instead, less than half an hour after successfully dealing with the worst earthquake in history, they were hit with a 10 meter tsunami. This knocked out the diesel power to the cooling systems, but backup batteries actually kept it going safely for another 10 hours.
Seeing their relationship with the Culinary Institute of America, Alton's alma mater if you will
Alton Brown attended NECI, the New England Culinary Institute, not the CIA.