google had research, and they failed. Why?
It has been suggested that they failed because they did not want to 'contaminate' their research programme by taking a lot of technical advice directly from scientists already working in the field. So they asked Ed Storms about calorimeters, and acknowledged his help in other papers, spoke a little to one or two others some time ago. But AFAIK there has been no ongoing dialogue between the GoogleX team and those outside the team who have published compelling - or even interesting - results.