Yes, some people now refer to them as Primordial Fuels.
I think it is safe to say the AI Winter is over.
Unacceptable and unreasonable behavior on the part of the prof. 1. He should have turned over his results to the university without a deal. 2. He shouldn't have canceled the midterm. 3. In the alternative, he should have been flexible on the retake schedule. If I was a student, I would have appealed to the dean or the university senate, I have before.
This reminds me of Rick Sutcliffe's Modula-2 site where he claims a viewing price on a publicly viewable website. http://www.arjay.bc.ca/Modula-2/Text/index.html