Earlier this month Joe and I got to spend time with the amazing all-women team of chemists - aka the "Bio Babes" - at Ford's Materials Research and Advanced Engineering Department in Dearborn, Michigan. I posted photos that day here. It was a reminder for me that behind the suits, politicians and whining salesmen we've seen on TV recently, there's an amazing world of designers and engineers doing really cool stuff that will, in this case literally, shape completely new kinds of vehicles. When we get on and let it.
Joe's now created a three minute video about the story below. But I've also sneaked in a full-cut five minute video of the marvellous Christine Perry, the celebrity chef of advanced materials research, growing soy before our eyes. It was like being in the coolest chemistry class of the year.
Indeed, if you loved science class, yet face yet another year sitting in front of a desk pushing paper, take heart - and tell your kids - that there's a world out there where people get to spend every day mixing old ideas with new, literally growing the pieces that will become the cars of the 21st century.
Mark is a founder of The Movement Design Bureau.
Disclosure: Ford's sponsoring our research team this year. Our brief is take an independent perspective on its sustainable design work and gather opinions and encourage interaction from the wider design community. We'll work hard to maintain that perspective, but tell us if you don't think we do.