“Darkest secrets of universe”: Nobel prize in physics awarded to 3 scientists for work on black holes

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It was described as “the darkest secrets of universe”, according to Göran K. Hansson, secretary for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, who spoke at Tuesday’s ceremony in Stockholm that awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for discoveries about black holes.

One half of the prize went to Roger Penrose and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez.

A black hole is defined as a region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing—no particles or even electromagnetic radiation such as light—can escape from it. The theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole.

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On Monday, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine was jointly awarded to the US-UK trio of Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice on Monday for the discovery of hepatitis C virus, which led to the development of tests and treatments.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be announced on Wednesday, followed by the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

The Nobel Peace Prize would be announced on Friday and the Prize in Economic Sciences next Monday.

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