By Dan Shapley
The incandescent bulb, Thomas Edison''s lasting gift to basement apartments and all other formerly dark uninhabitable spaces, could be in its last death throes. Witness the consumer revolution that is sweeping not only America, but most well-lit countries around the world. The curlicued compact fluorescent bulb is in, and the familiar balloon of the incandescent is out. When Wal Mart, the world''s largest retailer, puts the bulb on the top shelf and aims to boost sales by the millions, you know the revolution has reached mainstream. Laws on the books in some foreign locals, and those being considered in some jurisdictions closer to home, would further the trend by banning the old standy. We imagine, however, that Thomas Edison, as beloved an American scientist as there ever was, would not be saddened about the sudden demise of his invention. It served America, and the world, for a century with minimal improvements, according to a story in the May 17 Atlanta Journal-Constitution.