January 21st, 2009: Stephen Chu sworn in as Secretary of Energy
Stephen Chu (left) with President Obama (right), courtesy of the U. S. Department of Energy
A day after the inauguration, and after a unanimous Senate confirmation, Stephen Chu was sworn in as the new Secretary of Energy. Chu, a physicist, a molecular biologist and former director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is the first Nobel Laureate to serve in the cabinet after having won the prize.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.