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Japanese, American Win Nobel Physics Prize for LED Invention

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American scientist have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing the environmentally-friendly blue light emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were honored for their work in the 1990s in creating bright, energy-efficient white light from semiconductors, succeeding where scores of other scientists had failed. In its announcement Tuesday from Stockholm, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the relatively young technology has contributed to saving the Earth's resources, and holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over billion people around the…
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Three Share Nobel Prize for Discovering Brain’s Navigation

American-British Scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegians May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their work in discovering the brain's inner navigation system. The Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said Monday the laureates answered the question of how the brain maps spaces and allows beings to move through complex environments. O'Keefe, director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Center in Neural Circuits and Behavior at University College London, discovered the mapping mechanism in 1971 by observing the way certain nerve cells activated in a rat's brain when it was in one part of a room and how other nerve cells…
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Today In History: March 20 1727

Death of Isaac Newton His enormous prestige earned him the title of Sir and upon his death receiving State honors. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. On March 20, 1727 died the scientist whose theories marked the path of physics to the relativity of Einstein, Isaac Newton. In 1661 he joined Trinity College, Cambridge, where his main mentor would be the mathematician Isaac Barrow. Encouraged by him and by the ideas of Galileo, Kepler and Descartes Newton was given to the study of mathematics. In 1666 his findings revolutionised the world of science: he invented infinitesimal calculus (whose discovery was disputed with Leibniz),…
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