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 ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that “cats rule and dogs drool” have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly manipulate water to quench thirst neatly, dogs smash, slosh, spill, and splash their way, according ...

Nov 21, 2014

CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

Scientists at the world’s largest atom smasher have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to ...

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 ...

Stephen Hawking is guest vocalist on new Pink Floyd album

Oct 9, 2014

Stephen Hawking is guest vocalist on new Pink Floyd album

Pink Floyd’s first studio album in two decades will be without estranged ex-member Roger Waters, but one vocalist from the last record is staying on: physicist Stephen Hawking. Song credits leaked onto the Internet of Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River” — one of 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 ...