“Of course we know those sectors are correlated anyway.”
H. Eugene Stanley, Boston University, on using random-matrix theory to predict the ups and downs of the stock market, The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2011.

“The most exciting thing that has a good chance of happening is to discover particles of dark matter, which we know makes up five-sixths of the matter of the universe. It’s not any of the particles described by the standard model. We can imagine various possibilities of what it might be, and many of those possibilities are things that would be created at the Large Hadron Collider.”
Steven Weinberg, University of Texas at Austin, Bloomberg, June 28, 2011.

“You can get images and maps that you overlay . . . and by doing that you start to re-create the composition of what is left from the original animals.”
Uwe Bergmann, SLAC, on using a particle accelerator to figure out the color of fossilized birds and possibly dinosaurs, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2011.

“I’ve always tried to make physics come alive for my students... I believe it’s much more important for them to remember the beauty of the discoveries than to focus on the complicated math –after all, most of them aren’t going to become physicists.”
Walter Lewin, MIT, from his new book For the Love of Physics, July 3, 2011.

“By pouring paint in this continuous jet fashion or by dripping it, he incorporated physics into the process of painting itself.”
Andrzej Herczynski, Boston College, on artist Jackson Pollock, MSNBC.com, July 3, 2011.

“On Friday, scientists from the LHC presented their current results on the search for the Higgs boson at an international conference in Grenoble, France. While there is no discovery yet, it is clear its existence will either be proven or disproven in the near future.”
Paul Padley, Rice University, The Houston Chronicle online, July 23, 2011.

“No reputable scientist is going to tell you anything more than ‘this is very, very interesting and we’ll keep an eye on it.’ But it is indeed very, very interesting.”
Donald Lincoln, Fermilab, on new data from the LHC that hints the Higgs boson would be found at around 140 GeV, MSNBC.com, July 25, 2011.

“That immediately gives you a time interval between the first two attacks…You take that, put it into the equation and it gives you an estimate.”
Neil Johnson, University of Miami, describing how his method can take the timing of two terrorist attacks and predict when the next might occur, National Public Radio, July 31, 2011.


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Members Elect Beasley to the APS Presidential Line
APS Protests Iranian Jailing Of UT Austin Physics Student
AIP Releases Complete Goudsmit Papers Online
NSF Task Force Fields Comments On Broader Impacts Criterion
News from the Journals
DOE Weighs Its Options for Underground Lab
Two Gold and Three Silver Medals for US Physics Olympic Team
Women Take Less Advanced Physics in High School, Study Finds
Change to APS Bylaws
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