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Three U.S.-based scientists have won the Nobel Physics Prize for detecting faint ripples flying through the universe – the gravitational waves predicted a century ago by Albert Einstein, and which provide a new understanding of the universe.The German-born Weiss was awarded half of the 9 million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize amount and Thorne and Barish will split the other half.The waves detected by the laureates came from the collision of two black holes some 1.3 billion light-years away.The waves were predicted by Einstein a century ago as part of his theory of general relativity.Weiss in the 1970s designed a laser-based device that would detect gravitational waves. The announcement said Einstein was convinced that gravitational waves could never be measured.
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