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Nobel winning physicist Hiroshi Amano succeeds by doing what he likes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 February, 2015, 6:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 February, 2015, 6:00am

Nobel prize winner offers simple advice

Hiroshi Amano, the 2014 Nobel laureate in physics, has told an audience at a talk at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University that he managed to become a prize winner by doing what he likes.

"I never considered my 1,500 unsuccessful experiments as failures, because there was development each time. I believed if I had enough time I could make it," the 54-year-old Japanese said.

Amano (pictured) and Toshihide Maskawa, who won the same award in 2008, addressed the topic of nurturing future scientists at the talk attended by high school and university students. Maskawa said anyone who wanted to be a scientist should follow their dream and make it come true.

Hong Kong doctor in drug tracking breakthrough

Dr Kelvin Leung, assistant professor of Baptist University's department of chemistry, has been granted a patent by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan for drug tracking technology that enables pharmaceuticals researchers to sensitively determine and track amounts of drug molecules in living organisms. The technique doubles the sensitivity of drug detection compared with traditional methods.

Now that's a good sign

Hong Kong Sign Language Musical Theatre will stage a musical performance at City University in Kowloon Tong at 2pm on February 28. Proceeds will go to the non-profit organisation in promoting sign language and encouraging communication between the general public and the hearing-impaired. Contact Jasmine Wong at 6227 1160 or email at [email protected] for details.