The wave equation is in the news:
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 went to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". Source.
The Nobel prize in Chemistry went to Jacques Dubochet, Richard Henderson and Joachim Frank for the development of the Kryo electron microscope. Source

The sound of two black holes colliding to the left and how the Cryo EM works to the right:
Pictures of 3D structures:
from Nobel.