The Royal Swedish Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to two scientists from Japan and Canada. Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald are honored for their breakthrough work on the subatomic particles known as neutrinos.
Neutrinos are the one elementary particle that give scientists a big headache. Two physicists get a Nobel Prize for solving one more mystery about them: neutrinos change their identity.
Neutrinos are so tiny and inconspicuous, physicists believed for a long time that they have no mass. Now, a massive device that is supposed to determine precisely how heavy they are has begun operating in Karlsruhe.
We still have lots to learn about "the universe we live in." And the KM3NeT deep water neutrino telescope may help. DW's Zulfikar Abbany spoke to Maarten de Jong about the project at the Hanover Fair.
Kajita and McDonald claim the physics prize for their discovery of Neutrino oscillations, "which shows that neutrinos have mass." The committee said the finding "can prove crucial to our view of the universe."
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