Nobel Prize for Physics

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The Nobel Physics Prize 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their discoveries in gravitational waves.
The three are Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology.
The German-born Weiss was awarded half of the 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize amount and Thorne and Barish will split the other half.
The team discovered faint ripples flying through the universe called gravitational waves. The waves were first predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, but Einstein was convinced they could never be measured.
Unlike other types of waves that go through the universe such as electromagnetic waves, gravitational waves go through matter -- stars, planets, us -- untouched. So it's an entirely new type of astronomy, with experts comparing it to Galileo's observations of the solar system. There's information in gravitational waves that cannot be found elsewhere.



 
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