“It’s almost unfair that the universe is teasing us in this way. It gives us this dramatic clue, then shuts up,”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, on dark energy, Christian Science Monitor, September 13, 2007

“We believe that since most of the stuff in the universe may be what we call dark energy, we ought to know what it is.”
Saul Perlmutter, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, on the reason for the Joint Dark Energy Mission, San Francisco Chronicle, September 6, 2007

“Finally, after all these years, we’re reaching fundamental physics limits. Racetrack says we’re going to break those scaling rules by going into the third dimension.”
Stuart Parkin, IBM, on a new type of memory storage, The New York Times, September 11, 2007

“There’s no down time for me now. Even though the shadow of the LHC looms, we’re relentless in our pursuit.”
Jacobo Konigsberg, University of Florida, on the search for the Higgs at Fermilab, Chicago Tribune, September 5, 2007

“This Hewlett gift will be transformational. We are moving toward a model that has been developed successfully at private universities.”
Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley Chancellor, on using a private $113 million gift to endow chairs to retain top professors, Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2007

“A 4 percent increase in ball speed, which can reasonably be expected from steroid use, can increase home run production by anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent.”
Roger Tobin, Tufts University, on his study of steroid use and home runs, Reuters, September 20, 2007

“It always looks like there is some very difficult problem but as we get closer the focus and the engineering that we bring to bear on it usually remove these barriers and allow us to go by them. There is still a lot of room for creativity–it’s not the end of the road.”
Gordon Moore, explaining that he expects Moore’s law to go on for another decade, BBC News. com, September 19, 2007

“Sooner or later, you lose track of what the point is of the lecture. Your mind wanders. For some people, it will happen seven minutes into the lecture; for others, 20 minutes. The problem is that when that happens, you are lost.”
Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Washington Post, September 24, 2007

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Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff

November 2007 (Volume 16, Number 10)

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Seven Apker Finalists Meet in Washington
Physics Fans Get Chance to Win World's Smallest Trophy
2007 Nobel Prize Honors GMR Discovery
Eight Physicists Honored at November Division Meetings
Monica Plisch, Catherine Mader Join APS Education Team
Lidar, Laser Sperm Traps Highlight Annual OSA/DLS Meeting
From Researching the Universe to Running the University: The Physicist as President
National Summit Urges Commitment to Competitiveness
Media Fellows Bring Science to the Masses
2008 Prize and Award Recipients
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Washington Dispatch
International News
Zero-Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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