Winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics are displayed on a screen during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday. David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz were awarded the 2016 Nobel Physics Prize "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter."
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The star-forming area Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula, is a vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars that lies in the heart of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius.
Every bit of steel in the car you drive has been measured as to its capability to withstand certain forces — pushing and pulling. Machines like this do the measuring.
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Using an instrument they've named the HOLODEC, for Holographic Detector for Clouds, scientists can now see in fine detail the way air and water droplets mix at a cloud's wispiest edge.
Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives?
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