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Visible LEDs Are 50 Years Old
2012-10-09 18:40:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One technology has only just begun to be implemented into our society on a wide-scale, but it has actually been around for 50 years: the LED. The world's first visible light-emitting diode (LED) was demonstrated in 1962 by Nick Holonyak, Jr. to General Electric suits. Holonyak had predicted that the LED would replace incandescent lights, but at the time he probably didn't realize it would take 50 years to gain some traction....


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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