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These tools helped scientists win the Nobel Prize

From optical tweezers to multiplexed cell imaging, this is what it takes to break through.
Nobel Prize medallion Alfred Nobel gold

The most coveted prize in science.

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Each Nobel Prize-winning discovery is a long, arduous, collaborative process requiring many years of work, and many minds working together.

But researchers don’t, in the words of Isaac Newton, stand on the shoulders of giants alone. They also wield impressive machinery to help them see better, track outcomes more precisely, or process data perfectly. These are the tools that enabled the 2018 Nobel laureates to go for gold:

Prize for physics

This year’s Nobels were, in, “a rare nod to technology over fundamental physics.” The three winners—including the first woman to win the prize in physics in 55 years—are master light manipulators.

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