“Every extrasolar planet detected so far has been a wobble on a graph. These are the first pictures of an entire system.”
Bruce Macintosh, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on new pictures of extrasolar planetary systems, The New York Times, November 13, 2008

“It’s not the way to do science in the long run.”
David Weitz, Harvard University, on the decline in funding for space experiments following President Bush’s Moon-Mars initiative, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2008

“We’re chasing the perfect dimple pattern.”
Kyle Squires, Arizona State University, on how the dimples on a golf ball affect the distance it travels, The Toronto Star, November 25, 2008

“We’re here, so that means life can exist,”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, Pasadena Star News, December 8, 2008

“We’ve shown that the sorting out of the different odorants before they even get to the receptors is also important.”
Brent Craven, Penn State University, on his study showing that dogs’ wet noses help their sense of smell, The Daily Mail (UK), November 27, 2008

“You get a high pressure from that initial blast wave hitting any unprotected surface, and then you get focusing under the helmet as the blast wave penetrates the helmet.”
David Mott, Naval Research Laboratory, on his simulation of helmets exposed to explosions, San Antonio News, November 26, 2008

“It’s not bad until a storm moves in. You put your hand out ‘til you can’t see it. Then you go out and start shoveling snow.”
John Wefel, Louisiana State University, describing the weather at the McMurdo station in Antarctica, The New York Times, November 25, 2008

“By 2015, there will be more optical links in one high-performance data center than in all telecommunications links worldwide.”
Yurii Vlasov, IBM, predicting the growth of photonics, Forbes, December 8, 2008

“It is not now cost-efficient, although the materials are cheap because it’s plastic.”
Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University, on plastic solar cells, Reuters, December 8, 2008

“Let us all do our part to make sure that this never happens again, not just in India, but everywhere.”
Mohan Bhagat, University of Maryland, at a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks in India, The Prince Georges County (MD) Sentinel, December 9, 2008

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Associate Editor: Ernie Tretkoff

January 2009 (Volume 18, Number 1)

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April Meeting Heads for Denver in May
Physicist Chosen to be Secretary of Energy
Physics Degrees Retain Value in Weak Economy
Nominations are Key to Increasing Number of APS Women Fellows
Murray Stresses Long-Range Planning To Address Key Issues
Civic Engagement Benefits Both Science and Society
LHC is an Avatar of International Science Collaboration
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Members in the Media
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Focus on APS Topical Groups
This Month in Physics History