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Nobel winner thought prize call was ‘student joke’

When a Swedish voice came down the line informing him he had a “very important call” Tuesday night, Australia’s newest Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt assumed it was an elaborate undergraduate joke. “My first thought was ‘Geez my students have done a pretty good job on this accent’,” the Australian-American astronomer said Wednesday. “She asked…

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for supernovae research

Researchers Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics PrizeTuesday for their research on supernovae, the Nobel jury said. “They have studied several dozen exploding stars, called supernovae, and discovered that the universe is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate,” it said, adding that their discovery had…

Wonder carbon pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize

Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their pioneering work on graphene — touted as the wonder material of the 21st century. Both laureates began their careers as physicists in Russia but now work at the University of Manchester in Britain.…

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