Physics trio collect Nobel prize at gala

Dec 11, 2014

Physics trio collect Nobel prize at gala

The three Japan-born physicists who won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for inventing energy-efficient blue light-emitting diodes received their prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday. The three are Shuji Nakamura, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who was ...

Translator moved to action by Malala

| Nov 21, 2014

Translator moved to action by Malala

Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, has influenced countless people all over the world as an activist for female education. One of those is Yoshiko Nishida. The translator of Malala’s memoir “I am Malala: The Story ...

Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

Nov 8, 2014

Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Consider this hypothetical conundrum: Haruki Murakami is (finally) awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, but what does the author have to say for himself on Japanese television? The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami, by Matthew Carl Strecher.University Of Minnesota Press, Nonfiction. More than likely, ...

Failing was fun, Nobel physics laureate says of blue LED quest

Oct 10, 2014

Failing was fun, Nobel physics laureate says of blue LED quest

The hundreds of experimental failures that paved the road to the Nobel Prize for physics were fun, not frustrating, one of this year’s three Japanese-born laureates said Friday. Hiroshi Amano, 54, sat next to Isamu Akasaki, 85, his one-time mentor-professor, when they met the ...

Nobel laureate says Japan's business culture stifles innovation

Oct 8, 2014

Nobel laureate says Japan's business culture stifles innovation

One of the three co-laureates of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics said he fled Japan for the United States because of the stifling environment for entrepreneurs in his native country. Speaking in Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, 60-year-old materials scientist Shuji Nakamura said ...