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[ALERT] Gravitational wave scientists win 2017 Nobel physics prize

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says this is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds.

Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish and Kip S Thorne are pictured on a display during the announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize winners in Physics on 3 October 2017 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Picture: AFP.

STOCKHOLM - Scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics for decisive contributions in the observation of gravitational waves, the award-giving body said on Tuesday.

“This is something completely new and different, opening up unseen worlds,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement on awarding the $1.1 million prize.

“A wealth of discoveries awaits those who succeed in capturing the waves and interpreting their message.”

Physics is the second of this year’s crop of Nobel Prizes and comes after Americans Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young were awarded the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine on Monday.

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