Science Wednesday: Explaining the Nobel Prize for Physics in under 3 minutes

How to see light and measure it before it gets absorbed

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In case you were confused about what the Nobel Prize winners for physics had actually done to deserve their award, the brilliant MinutePhysics YouTube channel has provided a 2-minute, 35-second animation discussing the ideas for which they won.

Basically, the winners discovered a way to measure a photon of light without the photon getting absorbed. There's even some fun stuff about Schrodinger's cat, our favorite physics cat ever.

Congratulations to the Nobel winners!

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