October 9th, 2012
06:01 AM ET

Nobel for physics highlights quantum systems

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded jointly to Serge Haroche, a French man, and David J. Wineland, an American, "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring & manipulation of individual quantum systems," the Nobel Prize committee announced Tuesday.

The award surprised those who expected the prize this year to be related to the discovery of the Higgs boson.

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  1. Kenney

    How about the nobel prize for life saving research like cancer ,,,or maybe curing down syndrome in early stages of pregnancy

    October 9, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • tk007e

      I'm sure you're aware that the life-saving devices like lasers, CAT scans etc are all quantum devices. Right? You also should realize that these and many other devices would not have been possible without quantum physics and classical physics. Medical doctors rely on physicists and engineers for the research and designing of all instruments, which are so vital in detecting and treating serious diseases like cancer. I don't see how you are not aware of this. There wouldn't even be a thermometer, or microscope, without physics, for crying out loud. Please do a little research before you start criticizing. You don't need a high IQ to read about this stuff at any library. Virtually, no medical instrument is possible without physics research!

      October 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    I think there is a Nobel prize for medicine too @Kenney. With the money pouring into cancer research, we sure do hope of a major break through. I do not know if there is enough focus on the early pregnancy down syndrome detection and cure. Share your sentiments though.
    Felicitations to the American scientist winning the Physics Nobel prize.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Congratulations to both of these gentlemen on the win of this prestigious prize, and their contributions to science.


    Good morning, saywhat!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good morning to you too@banasy.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ kenney, saywhat, banasy and little mister. A cure for cancer, something i probably wont see in my lifetime. But it would be nice.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. just eye

    There is no money in a cure, as long as this is true, a cure wont be found.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Mayor of the Internet

      That's great kids, keep those half-baked theories coming. The internet wouldn't be the same without them.

      October 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Always the dr downer aint ya? And now you call yourself the mayor? You are one delusional person philip!

    October 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Mayor of the Internet

      Philip? Who is Philip? I am the Mayor of the Internet. But thank you for starting the arguement. I'm sure Philip will be along momentarily to get things rolling. That's what the internet is all about.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      With all due respect, you Honor, if you don't know who Philip is, you're not the Mayor of the Internet.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |

    Two dice, probabilty of seven every 6 rolls, curve going down starts odds seven every 9 rolls, dips down to 7 every 3 rolls and continues up to pass 6 rolls into an exponential curve that has a asymptote around something like 40 to 1 and then the cloud. JGA Phillip Anthony Biondo.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      OK, but you're still going to lose at craps if you go to Vegas.

      October 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now, see, BOMBO, this it why I like your comments; you can make sense outta stuff like this...

      October 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    I don't think the Mayor of the Internet is Philip, but he sounds like a fan.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "The Mayor of the Inept".

    October 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well Jeff, that's accurate enough.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    I have a question for the Mayor of the Internet. How come the Sun Page 3 website sporadically doesn't work on my phone (403 forbidden). I'm talking about the British Sun Newspaper with the rather revealing photos, not the much tamer Canadian newspaper chain with the bikini clad women.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kenny Rogers

    I am not only the mayor of the internet but the king of the world. I know who Philip is. He's always putting out his half-baked theories on nazis, pharmaceuticals, flying saucers etc. He had the audacity to put me on his hag list.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol awww kenny rogers, it aint so bad. Hags=having awesomely grand style! See its an honorary thing. Lmfao.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ kenney rogers, i apologize for mistaking you for him earlier, even tho you were sounding a bit like him.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Well, chrissy, if that makes him feel important, let him keep his delusions of grandeur...as long as binoculars aren't involved!

    Good night, everyone.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |