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  • Frenchman, American win Nobel for quantum physics

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A French-American duo shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers.

    Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics by showing how to observe individual quantum particles without destroying them.

    A quantum particle is one that is isolated from everything else. In this situation, an atom or electron or photon takes on strange properties. It can be in two places at once, for example. It behaves in some ways like a wave. But these properties are instantly changed when it interacts with something else, such as when somebody observes it.

    Working separately, the two scientists, both 68, developed "ingenious laboratory methods" that allowed them to manage and measure and control fragile quantum states, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

  • Man Dies After Live Roach-eating Contest in Fla.
  • Ex-NFL Cheerleader Pleads Guilty to Student Sex
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  • Skydiver's supersonic jump prep underway

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner's death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert was lifted Tuesday morning and crews began laying out his balloon.

    The planned early morning launch had been delayed by high winds. But just before 9 a.m., the winds calmed and the team decided to proceed with plans to make the flight, a process that would take about two hours.

    The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria plans to take off in a 55-story, ultra-thin and easy-to-tear helium balloon that will take him into the stratosphere for the jump. He hopes it will make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

  • Einstein 'God Letter' Up for Auction
  • Power, phones down at Monitor offices

    Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Department of Public Utilities crews working to repair a water leak on DP Road inadvertently took down an electrical transformer knocking out power and phones to the Los Alamos Monitor offices.

    Crews at the scene could not give a firm time when power would be restored.

    Email is being monitored remotely in the interim, so if you have an urgent news or advertising situation please send that to info@lamonitor.com and it will be channeled to the appropriate party.

    Power was restored about 4 p.m. and business operations are scheduled to return to normal Tuesday morning.

  • Wedding Brawl Breaks Out at Philly Hotel
  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday (times in EDT):

    1. OBAMA REGROUPS AS ROMNEY GAINS NEW CONFIDENCE

    Both campaigns acknowledge the Republican's strong turn in last week's debate had an impact, but Democrats hope a get-out-the-vote program will turn the election in their favor.

    2. SANDUSKY SENTENCING SET FOR TUESDAY

    The ex-Penn State assistant coach and some of the victims he was convicted of molesting are expected to speak at the hearing.

    3. WHAT NASA HOPES TO LEARN FROM SKYDIVER'S JUMP

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