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The Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg for their work in the field of physics which according to the BBC has “transformed PCs”.

“They discovered the phenomenon of ‘giant magnetoresistance’, in which weak magnetic changes give rise to big differences in electrical resistance,” said the BBC report.

Matin Durrani, editor of Physics World, a journal published by the UK’s Institute of Physics, said the award had gone to “something very practically based and rooted in research relevant to industry”.

“It shows that physics has a real relevance not just to understanding natural phenomena but to real products in everyday life,” he added.

Full article can be found at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7035247.stm
 
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