Weird science: 3 win Nobel for unusual states of matter

STOCKHOLM - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for discoveries on unusual states of matter that could result in improved materials for electronics or quantum computers.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the laureates' work in the 1970s and '80s opened the door to a previously unknown world where matter takes unusual states or phases.

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