NASA/WMAP Science Team

Silicon Valley celebrates with Breakthrough Prizes

Scientists and celebrities hit the red carpet Sunday evening at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, to honor this year’s Breakthrough Prize recipients, WIRED reports today. The prizes, first awarded in 2012, recognize research pioneers in life sciences, physics, and mathematics. Seven $3 million prizes—funded by tech giants Google, Facebook, 23andMe, and Alibaba—were presented to researchers whose work has transformed an entire field. One such recipient: the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team, which built maps of the early universe that redefined the evolution of the cosmos (above). Other prizes went to research in plant growth, birational algebraic geometry, and neurological diseases.

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