Qubits, someday? The 2012 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to two researchers for their work manipulating and measuring individual atoms and photons, without destroying them. In the technical summary of the prize work, reposted here from the Nobel website, and in particular in the summary “boxes,” you’ll see manipulations of quantum states that look an awful lot like the ones we’ve been studying in class. Only these guys have done them in actual physical systems. The Nobel folks have also posted fun short interviews with the new prize winners (front page, scroll down). Serge Haroche knows by heart the telephone country code for Sweden.