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“We need to keep solar and renewables going, but not as an expense above everything else…The environmentalists know what we need to do, but they don’t know enough about how we should do it to be prescriptive.”
Burton Richter, SLAC, Time.com, December 16, 2010.
“As our nation continues to recover from these challenging economic times, households and small businesses across the country are making sacrifices…In this spirit, we are asking our contractor employees, who are doing important research, operations, and environmental cleanup work, to join the federal workforce in playing a part.”
Steven Chu, Department of Energy, announcing a two-year freeze on salary increases and bonuses, The Washington Post, December 20, 2010.
“Trying to pack one too many presents in the trunk of my car after shopping, or ‘creating’ a parking spot for my car during the holiday season are certainly times I think of packing efficiency.”
Arshad Kudrolli, Clark University, FoxNews.com, December 22, 2010.
“The ideal icicle, the mathematically minimum icicle, is elegant and beautiful...But the reality has turned out to be much more complicated.”
Stephen Morris, University of Toronto, FoxNews.com, December 25, 2010.
“Scientists try to understand things…But chefs like Adria can create without understanding. They give us beautiful problems to solve. And they currently solve them not by understanding, but by making it work.”
David Weitz, Harvard, The Boston Globe, December 29, 2010.
“I considered myself very fortunate…I had a career I couldn’t have imagined for a physicist: nuclear physics, biomedicine, toxicology.”
Jay Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, who is bringing a lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California over retirement benefits, The New York Times, January 1, 2011.
“How many things can we do in our lifetime that will excite a generation of scientists?”
Saul Perlmutter, University of California, Berkeley, on the hunt for dark energy, The New York Times, January 3, 2011.
“Dark energy and exoplanets are both fields of tremendous scientific importance and have caught the public’s attention…In both cases, the U.S. is currently the leading contributor. To abdicate that investment and opportunity would seem a terrible shame, but it doesn’t mean we have to see Europeans as enemies we have to vanquish.”
Roger Blandford, Stanford University, on the delay of the first spacecraft to hunt for dark energy, The New York Times, January 3, 2011.
“It may all be right, but I would personally like to be cautious about this.”
Thorsten Ritz, University of California Irvine, commenting on recent research into possible links between quantum entanglement and internal “compasses” used by birds, U.S. News and World Report, January 10, 2011.
“Unfortunately, the current budgetary climate is very challenging, and additional funding has not been identified. Therefore…operation of the Tevatron will end in FY2011, as originally scheduled.”
William F. Brinkman, Department of Energy, quoted from a letter to the chairman of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, CBSNews.com, January 11, 2011.
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