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November 10, 2014

Tech Moguls' $36-Million Prizes Honor Science Breakthroughs

Six life scientists, five mathematicians, and a group of astronomical researchers were each awarded $3-million Sunday as the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes, funded by a group of Internet billionaires, were presented at a gala in Silicon Valley, writes The New York Times.

Launched last year, the world's richest scientific award—backed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma of Alibaba, and tech investor Yuri Milner—aims to promote risk-taking research in physics, biology, genetics, and other fields. Recipients are selected by a panel of past winners.

The Fundamental Physics Prize, established by Mr. Milner and incorporated into the Breakthrough awards, was divided among researchers on two teams that discovered that the expansion of the universe is apparently speeding up rather than slowing down, work that also won a Nobel Prize.