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Oct 7, 2014

Light bulb moment: Low-energy LED wins Nobel prize

STOCKHOLM/LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – An American and two
Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics on
Tuesday for inventing a new energy-efficient and
environment-friendly light source, leading to the creation of
modern LED light bulbs.

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Japanese-born
U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura won the prize for developing the
blue light-emitting diode (LED) — the missing piece that now
allows manufacturers to produce white-light lamps.

Oct 7, 2014

Nobel Prize for physics goes to inventors of low-energy LED light

STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) – An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source, leading to the creation of modern LED light bulbs.

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Japanese-born U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura won the prize for developing the blue light-emitting diode (LED) — the missing piece that now allows manufacturers to produce white-light lamps.

Oct 6, 2014

Swedish government strikes deal with Left to limit welfare profits

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s government said on Monday it had struck a deal with another party to limit the profits of companies that provide welfare services, dealing a blow to the private equity sector while shoring up support for its first budget.

The minority center-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens agreed to demands by The Left to restrict private welfare profits – a key condition to get the non-government party to support the budget bill, due in weeks.

Oct 6, 2014

Nobel Prize for medicine goes to discoverers of brain’s internal GPS

STOCKHOLM, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Anglo-American John O’Keefe and
Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser won the 2014 Nobel
Prize for medicine on Monday for discovering the brain’s
internal positioning system, helping humans find their way and
giving clues to how strokes and Alzheimer’s affect the brain.

The Nobel Assembly, which awarded the prize of 8 million
Swedish crowns ($1.1 million) in an announcement at Sweden’s
Karolinska Institute, said the discovery solved a problem that
has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries:

Sep 15, 2014

Forging coalition, Sweden’s new left leader angers ally

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s center-left leader risked alienating a major ally on Monday as he tried to forge a minority government with his defeated center-right foes on Monday after an election that saw an anti-immigrant party surge.

Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats and two other left-leaning parties garnered more votes than the outgoing center-right Alliance of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in Sunday’s election, but fell short of a parliamentary majority.

Sep 15, 2014

Swedish far right set for action after storming win on welfare worry

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Shrugging off scandal and condemnation from their political rivals, the far right Sweden Democrats have more than doubled their vote to hold the balance of power in their country – cementing immigration worries into mainstream political debate.

Such success for a party that included neo-Nazi supporters among its founders and wants immigration to be slashed by 90 percent has shocked people in Sweden who hitherto preferred to think of their country as the “humanitarian superpower” described by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Sep 14, 2014

Sweden heads for minority left government, far right surges

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s center-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven emerged as victor in Sunday’s general election after a voter backlash against tax cuts and trimmed welfare by a center-right government, but he fell short of a parliamentary majority.

The Nordic region’s biggest economy and one of the few star performers in Europe now faces a weak minority government with a possible political impasse as the anti-immigrant far right emerged as the third biggest party to hold the balance of power.

Sep 10, 2014

Trouble in paradise? Sweden risks deadlock in tight election race

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden, seen for years as a beacon of stability and reforms in a crisis-ridden Europe, may be heading for political deadlock after Sunday’s general election, with polls suggesting that both right and left might be unable to form a stable government.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s center-right coalition is battling an opposition alliance led by the Social Democrats. But neither group looks set to win a majority – putting them at the mercy of more radical leftist or far-right parties.

Sep 7, 2014

Europe’s top industrials target Goldilocks zone

STOCKHOLM, Sept 7 (Reuters) – “Good enough” might not make
for a marketing slogan, but some of Europe’s top engineering
companies, which have made their reputation on the quality of
their products, are hoping it will make for a profitable
strategy.

That is largely because the ‘Goldilocks’ market for
industrial equipment – not as pricy as these companies’ premium
products nor as cheap as the often shoddy offering from budget
manufacturers – accounts for a huge part of Chinese domestic
demand and is also growing further afield, even in the developed
economies of the West.

Sep 7, 2014

Swedish business fear return to high-tax past as elections near

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – For many Swedish businesses and prosperous households, years of falling taxes and reforms that put maids in middle class homes and fed a consumer boom in luxury cars and holidays in Asia may be drawing to a close.

Elections on Sept. 14 look set to throw out a center-right government as many voters rebel against welfare cuts, stubbornly high unemployment, poor school results and tales of hospitals straining to care for patients.