Did you know the universe is constantly expanding and accelerating at a pace that will leave the cosmos frozen, dark and lonely? Well most of the scientific world did not, until three U.S.-born scientists demonstrated as much in the 1990s. This morning, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess who will share a $1.5 million award for their breakthrough research. According to the Associated Press, the trio "found that the light from more than 50 distant exploding stars was far weaker than they expected, meaning that galaxies had to be racing away from each other at increasing speed." The force driving this breakneck speed is called dark energy, "a cosmic force that is one of the great mysteries of the universe."

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