It’s always good to see another MIT scientist winning the Nobel Prize. And this one, fittingly enough, is a Smoot (though not the Smoot). George F. Smoot’s work on the cosmic background radiation has significantly affected our understanding of the universe, and the findings are suitably dramatic as his official biography indicates.
On a related note, it’s interesting watching the media catch up, including Wikipedia. When I looked up smoot in Wikipedia late last night, the disambiguation page referenced only a stub article for George F. Smoot. This morning, his full article was there, and it continues to be expanded. Pretty cool.