Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe
laboratory on New York's Long Island has been saved from possible demolition,
thanks primarily to "crowdfunding" organized by cartoonist Matthew
Inman. According to "Newsline," Inman's fundraising efforts generated
nearly $1.4 million in donations, and the non-profit Tesla Science Center
organization negotiated the purchase price down from $1.6 million to $850,000.
The balance of the money raised will go toward cleanup (there's a lot of
asbestos on the site) and beginning renovations needed to turn the
long-derelict laboratory building into an interactive museum and science
CQ published an article on
the lab and efforts to save it in February, 2012 ("TeslaGRAM: A
Multinational Special Event for a Nearly-Forgotten Laboratory").