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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    This is great. Every time a blue light turns on, the President begins to speak about making the world a better place. If the President didn't win, then these gentlemen are the next best thing.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.
    They more than doubled its efficiency, and considering the worldwide use of LED that's a huge saving in global power consumption.

    I agree they could find someone better, but perhaps there were none?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    They more than doubled its efficiency, and considering the worldwide use of LED that's a huge saving in global power consumption.

    I agree they could find someone better, but perhaps there were none?
    I'm not saying that they didn't do that, but they doubled the efficiency not with 1 single stroke, but over the course of almost 2 decades and granted, a lot of that evolution was in the past 6-8 years thanks to these people but... I don't know.
    The physics area is huge. I mean, you have a lot of stuff to award this prize to. Like those guys that did quantum teleportation last month.
    Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation of Photon Over 25 Kilometers | IFLScience

    Sure it's not much, it's 1 photon. And they teleported it 25km away.
    But it's a breakthrough. It's never been done before. Granted, it's not "teleportation" like star trek "beam me up scotty", but it is what we can call teleportation.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    I bet they had Thomas Edison in mind when they won the prize.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.
    I think what is missing is the prize is for a practical led light bulb.
    It may not seem like much, but could be a world changer.
    We take electric lights for granted, but many parts of the world still do not have electric lighting.
    Incandescent lights are very inefficient for solar panels, but led lights greatly expand the amount
    of 'daylight" you can move into the night hours.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.
    I have to disagree. From the press release:

    When Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura produced bright blue light beams from their semi-conductors in the early 1990s, they triggered a funda-mental transformation of lighting technology. Red and green diodes had been around for a long time but without blue light, white lamps could not be created. Despite considerable efforts, both in the scientific community and in industry, the blue LED had remained a challenge for three decades.

    They succeeded where everyone else had failed. Akasaki worked together with Amano at the University of Nagoya, while Nakamura was employed at Nichia Chemicals, a small company in Tokushima. Their inventions were revolutionary. Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Really?
    For better blue LEDs?

    Are you kidding me.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, that's great and all, and better and more efficient powerful blue LEDs are always nice but the ones we have today are good enough. I mean, blue LEDs have been around for 20 years and they're good enough. I mean, shouldn't the Nobel prize go for like... big advances in a field instead of just improving something. There is no new massive groundbreaking technology involved in making these blue LEDs. They're just using a different coating. That's all.

    Ah well, good for them anyway.
    It led the way for white light LEDs. Without blue, you cannot create white light.

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    Re: The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    It led the way for white light LEDs. Without blue, you cannot create white light.
    Not denying any of that, and yes, I know that.
    But that's not the point.
    LEDs aren't new technology.
    Blue LEDs, yes, even efficient ones, aren't new tech.
    White LEDs aren't new technology either.

    I'm just saying there may have been alternatives to the nobel prize winners like for instance, those people that teleported the photon. Something never done before in the world. It's not just an improvement of stuff we have, it's opening a whole new branch of science. Well, not opening it, after all, it's still quantum physics, but it's paving the way to the implementation of a whole new branch of science taken from quantum physics into the real world.

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