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(2/23/05, Aspen, CO) Dieter Gruene takes some time out from skiing to soak up some rays on the deck at the top of the gondola lift. The restaurant is made from recycled products and has a highly efficient usage of energy. Gruene was a member of the team engaged in the large-scale electromagnetic separation of uranium-235, which was apart of the Manhattan Project during the second World War. This experience dramatically highlighted the close connection between basic discoveries and their applications and forcefully demonstrated the central role of energy in a technological civilization. The events of that period also underscored the responsibility of scientists to ensure, insofar as it is in their power, the use of their discoveries for the benefit of mankind. Although Gruen' s fundamental research activities have been curiosity driven, they have frequently resulted in important basic findings relevant to energy fields such as fission, fusion, and solar energy, as well as energy storage and conservation. When asked about the global warming issue, Gruene said, " There are not too many days left for us to wait to get the point that the polar ice caps are melting. Actually, it may be too late already..." "A Change in the Air" - This is part of a series on climate change and this story is about the likely effects of climate change on the Colorado ski industry. Auden Schendler, director of environmental affairs at Aspen, says the industry will be dead in 50 years unless global emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are cut bigtime. (PHOTO BY JUDY WALGREN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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