Three scientists from the United States and Japan were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing the worlds first blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). They were a groundbreaking invention given that they were an environmentally friendly light source, something the world (apparently) had never seen before.
LEDs came out in the 1990’s, and were a huge success. Prior to their discovery, scientists had been attempting to create something like them for three decades.
“While red and green LEDs had been around for some time, the elusive blue LED represented a long-standing challenge for researchers in both academia and industry. Without this critical last piece, scientists were unable to produce white light from LEDs, as all three colors needed to be mixed together for this to happen.”(1)
The three scientists are 85-year-old Isamu Akasaki, a professor at Meijo University, 54-year-old Hiroshi Amano, a professor at Nagoya University, and 60-year-old Shuki Nakahmura, a Japanese-born professor currently at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Think about this, prior to LEDs conventional light bulbs lasted only approximately 1000 hours. LEDs came in and provided up to 100,000 hours with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, materials used and energy efficiency. No doubt about it, this was a big scientific achievement and the scientists involve definitely deserve to be recognized.
“With 20% of the world’s electricity used for lighting, it’s been calculated that optimal use of LED lighting could reduce this to 4%,. This is physics research that is having a direct impact on the grandest of scales, helping protect our environment, as well as turning up in our everyday electronic gadgets.” – Dr. Frances Saunders – President of the Institute of Physics (1)
LEDs have the potential to provide power (lighting) to the entire planet, given the fact that they require very little energy to run, they could run on cheap local solar power.
Thoughts On The Nobel Peace Prize
No doubt about it, many Nobel Peace Prize recipients are well deserving of the prize, and others I would have to disagree with, ones that seem to coincide with specific political agendas. On the other hand, the world of science today, is not what it once was.
Not long ago in our recent human history, scientists, inventors and those who questioned the status quo were sought after, silenced, killed and their works banned. A classic example is Galileo Galilei, who was convinced by the church and put on house arrest (along with his work being destroyed).
Have things really changed today? The world is littered with scientific fraud, and most of the groundbreaking science of today takes place under the watchful eye of the department of defense.
“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard. It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about.” – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Deference Minister.
Mr Hellyer is referring to what is called the “black budget,” which involved projects the human race knows nothing about. They incorporate lots of science and garnish billions (possibly trillions) of dollars every year. To learn more about it, please click here.
If we lived in a world of full transparency, and operated our technology from a place of peace, love, understanding and in harmony with the planet, it is unimaginable how fast we would progress into new, unknown territory and true discovery.
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