Can anyone corroborate (or refute) that this recession, or the last 18 or so months, seems to be rich with scientific discovery? Despite gloomy news on what the present holds, developments in biotech, like Venter's bacterium, or immunology, like Lerner Institute's breast cancer vaccine, project exciting prospects for the future. Nanotech developments in atomic-level I/O stand to revolutionize the clunky gadgetry we associate with technology, entirely. Stretching further back, the accessibility of technologies has run retrograde to other inflationary trends, and due to persistent discovery. For example, I remember when a 2X CD-ROM would set you back $750. Now a mobile computer with the ability to burn and label DVDs can be had for that, leaving plenty cash to spare. Has anyone else noticed how prolific the science community has been lately, and the diverse angles that all of this technology is coming from? What are the implications of all this. Might we have another tech wave to ride like the nineties?