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U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein's gravitational waves
by Anna Ringstrom and Ben Hirschler
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3 October 2017
On 3 October 2017 Reuters reported:
Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday (3 October) for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago. The work of Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne crowned half a century of experimental efforts by scientists and engineers. Measuring gravitational waves offers a new way to observe the cosmos, helping scientists explore the nature of mysterious objects including black holes and neutron stars. ...
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. . . Two U.S.-based instruments working in unison, called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), detected the first waves caused by colliding black holes. A European sister facility, known as VIRGO based in Italy, has also detected waves more recently.
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