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Now Playing: 3-27-13 Marketplace Tech: A History of the LCD Screen

All right, you struggling screenwriters. We're about to hand you a plot. It will start in an unlikely place: The fact that it's been 40-years since research was published that led to the development of LCD flat screens, which revolutionized computers and TV. British Chemist George Gray came up with a way to make liquid crystals that worked -- here was the trick -- at room temperature. Mark Lorch wrote about this in The Guardian. Lorch is also a chemist at Britain's University of Hull, and he tells the story of a faked death and the British military.