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Also accepting boats, motorcycles, RV's and real estate donations. Thirty eight degrees in town right now, get a fair sky out there. The wind is out of the northwest at eleven miles an hour. It's going to be cold overnight down at twenty five. Now back to sixty minutes on the radio on WCBS, eight eighty. You never know who's going to be the one with the big idea history has shown it's not necessarily the person with the most impressive credentials. A breakthrough can come from the least expected perhaps like an eighty one year old eccentric from Massachusetts who toiled in isolation with no financial support for more than a decade his focus a challenge that has stumped. Scientists for many years how to transform inedible plant life into environmentally friendly transportation fuels and a clean and cost effective way. This unlikely inventor calls himself messianic as in the messiah and likes to say matter of factly that he is saving the world. And that's what you think. Yes. You think I'm so. I don't think I know that who says things like that Marshall medoff does he's a man on a mission who decided one day that he was going to stop global warming. When I realized what was going on here. I said this is a -mergency we got to find new resources. We gotta find new ways of saving the universe in terms of global warming until wasn't showing what was your science education zero. So no degree in chemistry. Oh, of course. Not I didn't have any degree in chemistry. What's your right? You have no idea what I q. Medoff has been called a genius twenty five years ago. He became obsessed with the environment and decided to abandon his business career and become an amateur scientist. But while engineers geologists and ecologists with PHD's when two labs at MIT and Stanford medoff went to one of the country's most legendary settings for reflection run up to Walton, which wasn't that far away. You mean Walden pond thorough? Okay. What I thought was the reason people will failing this trying to overcome nature instead of working with it. He knew that there's a lot of energy and plant life. It's in the form of sugar molecules that once accessed can be converted into transportation fuel the keyword is access. This sugar is nearly impossible to extract cheaply and cleanly since it is locked tight. Lately inside the plant, cellulose, the main part of a plant cellular walls. What's a tantalizing is that sugar? Rich, cellulose is the most abundant biological material on earth, cellulose, is everywhere. I mean, there's just so much cellulose in the world, and nobody had managed to use any of it could get at it. So that was your target that was my tag. So once I decided to do that. I said, wow, if I can break. Sure, this we can increase the resources the world made by third or more who knows to figure out how to break through cellulose to get it. The sugars Marshall medoff did something that most of us wouldn't dream of he buried himself away in seclusion for more than fifteen years in a garage at a storage facility in the middle of nowhere. I didn't.