The first mars rover that crashed as an international undertaking. In fact, that's one of the reasons it went wrong: us Canadians were responsible for the final calculations. We assumed, Americans being Americans, that the measurements given were in feet. (Yes, our stereotype has Americans pegged as being so backwards that the entire nation doesn't know System International, or are too prideful to use the standardized system.) However, the Americans had been kind and already converted to meters. Needless to say, that rover crashed hard.
The incident is still repeated at my university, to this day, when collaboration with American physicists is suggested.
Like the Person of Interest fictional organization Vigilance? Domestic Privacy Terrorists using computer skills (on the organization level) and varied member skill sets (on the operational level) to insert themselves temporarily into high ranking corporate, and governmental, positions to: gather information, expose ongoing criminal activities, and to 'deal out justice'
hmm... computer skill and varied skill sets...
It's sad that there a need, and that the people needed to found such an organization can be recruited here. Next thing you know, there will be American Revolution book ciphered
Her accomplishment is more on the lines of "hey, that's pretty damn clever"
Someone doing something clever leads to wanting to have a conversation with them. Why, because you're interested in what they have to say. And that leads to coffee. Sadly, a guy having a private intellectual conversation with a woman is usually viewed as a date by the ignorant masses.
That one is easy: it makes good television, and it's also about the highest level the producer can understand. Brilliance is only truly recognized and appreciated by people who have sufficient background. Could you imagine a local news anchor trying to explain what was done? Could you imagine their audience understanding any of it? Even if the person's intelligence, charisma, and accomplishments are vaguely understood, you suddenly have someone that makes the agency look stupid in comparison. People in power (in this case the producer) do not want to show someone who makes themselves look incompetent and stupid by comparison.
This is also not limited to women, but applies also to men. Try approaching your boss with an idea that betters the business, but replaces a system they invented. Management that will not dismiss your idea out of hand is a rare breed indeed. Much more can be said but it essentially comes down to obvious gaps in knowledge, experience, and intelligence.
If you'd like to see intelligent entertainment, I recommend TED talks and hak5.
I just don't see why this tech is needed when we have the technology to generate all the electricity and heat we need through nuclear fission. Eventually, fission will give way to fusion, but geothermal and 'renewable' energy technologies are just an unnecessary distraction IMO.
Not when you take the radioactive waste into account. Power for a year, dangerous waste for hundreds. The power company will be long dead before their waste is eliminated. You need to look at the long term picture.