‘Strange states’ of mat­ter earns trio No­bel Prize in Physics

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STOCK­HOLM: The study of “strange states” of mat­ter, which may one day yield su­per­fast and small com­put­ers, earned Bri­tish sci­en­tists David Thou­less, Duncan Hal­dane and Michael Koster­litz the No­bel Prize in Physics yes­ter­day.

The trio, all based in the US work­ing in the highly-spe­cialised math­e­mat­ics field of “topol­ogy”, stud­ied un­usual phases or states of mat­ter. This year’s lau­re­ates opened the door on an un­known world where mat­ter can as­sume strange states.

“Thanks to their pi­o­neer­ing work, the hunt is now on for new and ex­otic phases of mat­ter,” the No­bel Prize jury said.

The Physics prize is the sec­ond of the No­bels for 2016 to be awarded, af­ter the Medicine prize on Mon­day went to Yoshi­nori Oh­sumi of Ja­pan. He was hon­oured for his pi­o­neer­ing work on au­tophagy – a process whereby cells “eat them­selves”, which can re­sult in Parkin­son’s and di­a­betes.

To­day, the Chem­istry prize will be an­nounced, fol­lowed by the Peace prize on Fri­day, the Eco­nomics prize on Oct 10 and the Lit­er­a­ture prize on Oct 13. – AFP

Philip­pine and US marines link arms at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Am­phibi­ous Land­ing Ex­er­cise at the marines’ head­quar­ters in Manila yes­ter­day.

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