It’s a wonderful life — and a wonderful state
What would our world be like now without blue LED (light-emitting diode) lights? The super-efficient, clean lights were created in the 1990s by three scientists â€” one of whom is Shuji Nakamura of UC Santa Barbara â€” who shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. Courtesy photo
Maybe we've seen the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" a few too many times.
In the famous film, a guardian angel shows Jimmy Stewart's suicidal character what the world would be like if he had never lived. Staffers at the University of California newsroom have been musing instead about what sort of California would exist without the contributions of the world's premier research university.
Over the past century and a half, UC has produced scores of world-altering discoveries and played a starring role in the development of some of California's most iconic industries. Continue Reading