To successfully fund high tech research and turn it into a marketable product and a successful company, you must have a very high tolerance for strange ideas, new concepts, risk, and extreme ways of doing things.
Within our galaxy lie 200-400 billion stars. (A mere 200 billion star differential, even within our own galaxy, gives you a small sense of how ignorant we still are. Astronomers currently estimate there are 80 billion galaxies containing 30-70 sextillion stars — and yes, sextillion really is a number.)
(But neither that discovery, nor mountains of fossils, seems to deter hoards of ignoramuses from yet again attempting to shackle school boards with ignorance.)
(Japan’s sacred gingko tree is one of the few plants that survived that extinction.)