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Video: LBNL's Saul Perlmutter Discusses Nobel Prize

In this press conference video, Saul Perlmutter from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discusses his 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Perlmutter was recognized for his work on the Supernova Cosmology Project, which studies “type Ia supernovae” at high redshift to map out the expansion history of the universe and measure cosmological parameters and the dark energy’s equation of state.

Perlmutter will share the prize with Adam G. Riess of The Johns Hopkins University and Brian Schmidt of Australian National University’s Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories.

In recent years, Perlmutter has been working with NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build and launch the first space-based observatory designed specifically to understand the nature of dark energy. A dark-energy mission was named the top telescope-building priority in an August 2010 report from a blue-ribbon committee of the National Academy of Sciences.

What’s it like to discover out you’ve won the Nobel Prize in the wee hours of the morning? Watch this video to find out.

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