back to article Space boffins win $3m prize for discovering gravitational waves

The team of scientists involved in the successful detection of gravitational waves has been awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – along with $3m. The Breakthrough Prizes, awarded for scientific achievements, are funded by Russian billionaire and physicist Yuri Milner, along with tech entrepreneurs …

  1. Whiznot

    How big a prize will I win when I teach the world gravitational wave surfing. It's really fun but the wipe outs are a bitch.

  2. ma1010 Silver badge
    Joke

    They're giving out MONEY to folks who worked on LIGO?

    In that event, I'm one of the engineers. And so's my wife!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They're giving out MONEY to folks who worked on LIGO?

      What about the kids in the playgrounds? Are they not getting any funding for helping?

      "Your mother is so big she generates gravitational waves..."

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: They're giving out MONEY to folks who worked on LIGO?

      I've worked with LEGO. Does that count?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Space boffins win $3m...

    The week before Space Boffins lose 280+ million...

    I guess its like Government saving & spending...

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/29/hitomi_space_scope_declared_lost/

  4. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
    Pint

    Kip Thorne

    $333,333.

    This on top of (famously) a subscription to Penthouse from Prof. Hawking.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re. Hawking

    The jury is out whether Prof. Hawking will share a Nobel this year for his work on black holes (which indirectly led to the detection of GWs) or the detection of the sonic analog of Hawking radiation from superfluid vortices in liquid 3He.

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