A screen displays the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, from left, John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries, during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday. Photo: Naina Helen Jama/TT via AP
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Japanese scientist among 3 winners of Nobel Chemistry prize for battery work

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Congratulations to all of you. Thank you for assisting the progress of humankind.

Chalk a few more Nobels up for Americans.

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Who says SUNY Binghamton is a party school! Lol

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Well done, boffins. More science, less idiot nonsense please.

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Wow, not only does the boffin on the left have a Nobel Prize but he also has one of the greatest rock n roll songs ever named after him. Respect!

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Wow, not only does the boffin on the left have a Nobel Prize but he also has one of the greatest rock n roll songs ever named after him. Respect!

Well, not one of the greatest... but good enough.

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Great decision on the part of the Nobel committee !

Lithium-Ion battery is a tremendous break through..

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Goodenough is 97 years old and leads teams that keep inventing new battery technologies. His group also invented the followup to the lithium-ion called a solid state battery.

When the battery tech jumps the renewables and the entire world will benefit

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Well done Yoshino Sensei, and the other team members! Amazing achievement! Lion batteries are indispensable these days for all of us. What an invention.

Congratulations Japan!!

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Another Nobel prize for Japan. Such much for the myth about Japanese education not being able to produce thinking students.

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It's been a joy watching the announcements of the prizes yesterday and today, and how they very nicely span the rough divide between applied and pure science. Yesterday, the discovery of an exoplanet and reinvention of our conception of cosmology--staggering, breathtaking, inspiring. Today, an eminently practical invention which has improved our lives in many ways.

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Alfie NoakesToday 09:06 pm JSTWow, not only does the boffin on the left have a Nobel Prize but he also has one of the greatest rock n roll songs ever named after him. Respect!

Chuck Berry references asides, congratulations to all 3 WINNERS!

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Such much for the myth about Japanese education not being able to produce thinking students.

Maybe nothing to do with education systems. I suspect he was a thinking student before he stepped into any school. He's a bright spark, and not a "product" of an education system. Interestingly, it seems he has spent his career in the corporate world. Japanese companies (some of them) do seem to produce/employ many clever buggers. I'm privileged to have met and worked with some of them.

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Such much for the myth about Japanese education not being able to produce thinking students.

with all those University graduates and a population of 130million Japan should be producing many more Nobel Laureate, still dominated by Americans Europeans and British dont see that change much anytime soon.

Congratulations Japan!!

and congratulation to Goodenough & Whittingham for first starting development of Lithium batteries in 1979

Akira Yoshino continued their work into the 80s, so it should be congratulation American England and Japan

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Congratulations Mr. Yoshino and the rest of tyr team members.

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In the states.... you barely get any air time for this story. In Japan, all the Channels run the story.

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@ken1911jp

the fact that South Koreans are disappointed every year at this time and become strange is called “Nobel sickness ” in Japan.

Well, the world's best lithium ion batteries are made in Korea while Japanese manufacturers are going out of business after catching fire around the world, be it in Teslas or in Boeing 787s.

Even Tesla got sick and tired of Panasonic batteries catching fire and is switching to LG for its Chinese plant manufactured Teslas, because LG lithium ion EV batteries never caught fire.

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still dominated by Americans Europeans and British

The British are Europeans.

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Another Nobel prize for Japan.

The prize didn't go to "Japan." It went to three scientists, individuals, most of whom are not Japanese. The US reports I saw didn't even mention their nationalities - because it isn't important.

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Chalk a few more Nobels up for Americans.

There is a reason Americans have won more than third of the Nobels ever awarded, and it isn't Scandinavian bias despite many Northern European countries having more per capita of population. Nationality is important and is analyzed in this context for a reason.

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There is a reason Americans have won more than third of the Nobels ever awarded

Correct. It has to do with the number of universities in the United States and that American society is based on cut-throat competition.

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Well, the world's best lithium ion batteries are made in Korea while Japanese manufacturers are going out of business after catching fire around the world, be it in Teslas or in Boeing 787s.

Even Tesla got sick and tired of Panasonic batteries catching fire and is switching to LG for its Chinese plant manufactured Teslas, because LG lithium ion EV batteries never caught fire.

It seems to me the lithium ion batteries would not have come to the world if he did not invented the system of the battery, so no all electric companies could not make such batteries until today. That's why he got a Nobel prize.

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correction:

.........if he did not discover the system of the battery, so no all electric companies could make such batteries until today.

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if he did not invented the system of the battery

But he didnt invent the Lion battery it wasnt even his idea the patent is held by an American. He did provide a lot of innovative input into its development which is why hes sharing it with 2 other men

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The british are europeans

aah well lot of Brexiteers wouldnt agree with you

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SaikoPhyscoToday 02:03 am JSTIn the states.... you barely get any air time for this story. In Japan, all the Channels run the story.

That's a fact. I remember when Yuji Hyakutake discovered the Great Comet of 1996 he was a celebrity in Japan. He was a reluctant star, however. He said, ''After all, it's the comet doing all the work". Still, his wife's phone machine was overloaded because the press there wanted to know everything about this 'local hero.

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aah well lot of Brexiteers wouldnt agree with you

Good thing that's not how we determine whether people are European.

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