Members in the Media
"If there were no other energy sources, you could have a fusion reactor in 10 years' time."
—John Perkins, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Contra Costa Times, July 3, 2002.
"The dark matter paradigm is so bad that truly radical ideas, like the breakdown of inverse-square law at large distances, deserve careful examination."
—Matt Visser, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, the Guardian (London), February 13, 2003
"We have laid the cornerstone of a unified coherent theory of the cosmos."
—Charles L. Bennett, Goddard Space Flight Center, on the latest measurement of the cosmic microwave background by WMAP, NY Times, February 12, 2003
"We have a lot of Russians who have built parts. We rely on the Russians to upgrade and maintain them. If they're stranded in Russia, they have to try to diagnose it over the phone. But it's like when your car has problems, you need the experts on the spot."
—John Womersley, Fermilab, on the visa troubles of Russian scientists, Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2003
"Snow is really very special. The world would be a very different place if, whenever ice precipitated out of the atmosphere, it took the form of some kind of pellet other than snow."
—Robert Sekerka, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 27, 2003
"Would you like it to be found in a cave in Afghanistan with sections highlighted in yellow?"
—Gerald Epstein, Institute for Defense Analyses, on whether scientists should self-censor sensitive data, Science, January 17, 2003
"Amanda does what it is designed to do. Of all the high-energy particles emitted from the violent, energetic events in the Universe, only neutrinos can directly provide information on these activities."
—Steven Barwick, UC Irvine, BBC News, January 30, 2003
"The resistance of our school systems to change is awesome and the shortage of physics teachers a major handicap."
—Leon Lederman, Fermilab, on revising the curriculum to teach physics first, Washington Post, January 28, 2003
"I was a little disturbed to see how deep the fear of math and science was in them. It was clear that if we wanted to maintain technology, we would have to prepare our youngsters."
—Usha Mallik, University of Iowa, on the Family Adventures in Science program, Iowa City Press-Citizen, February 16, 2003
"In pueblo life there is a calendar of the year that consists of a series of rituals that have to be done in a particular order and at a particular time. They used astronomy to set the sacred calendar with observations of the sun and the moon."
—Michael Zeilik, University of New Mexico, on the cultural roots of astronomy in New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican, February 24, 2003
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