Packaging is the ultimate symbol of the 20th century's consumer culture. It protects what we buy and raises our standard of living. In developing countries, 30 to 50 percent of food shipments are spoiled because of inadequate packaging and distribution systems.
Victor Hugo once wrote that "there is nothing like dream to create the future," and history supports his claim. Hugo's own countryman and contemporary, Jules Verne, imagined a time when rockets might carry passengers bound for the moon.
Environmental, health, and safety management is one of the most pressing challenges facing corporations today. However, except for a handful of progressive companies, most organizations are not yet devoting to this critical area the full attention and resources it needs.
At temperatures near absolute zero, and now at much higher temperatures for some ceramic materials, superconductivity occurs. The rules that govern the propagation of electricity suddenly change. Resistance disappears and electrical devices become much more efficient.