This year marks not only the beginning of a new decade, but also the 50th anniversary of the creation of the laser.
Though we tend to take them for granted, lasers have revolutionized the
way we live. They allow us to surf the web, watch movies on DVD, and
scan barcodes at the grocery store; they also enable eye surgery, study
the planet, target weapons, and facilitate worldwide communication.
You may know him as the host of PBS's Design Squad, or for his guest appearances on programs like Mythbusters.
These days Nate Ball is an engineer on the go, whether he's creating
useful gadgets or teaching himself to do a back flip off a wall.