Several years ago the authors, together with Dave Benson, conducted an investigation into the vanishing of cohomology for modules over group algebras . It was mostly in the context of kG-modules where k is a field of finite characteristic p and G is a finite group whose order is divisible by p. Aside from some general considerations, the main results of  related the existence of kG-modules M with H*(G, M) = 0 to the structure of the centralizers of the p-elements in G. Specifically it was shown that there exists a non-projective module M in the principal block of kG with H*(G, M) = 0 whenever the centralizer of some p-element of G is not p-nilpotent. The converse was proved in the special case that the prime p is an odd integer (p > 2). In addition there was some suspicion and much speculation about the structure of the varieties of such modules. However, proofs seemed to be waiting for a new idea.