“The impact of the cuts . . . will be to immediately terminate the Mars deal with the Europeans… It’s a scientific tragedy and a national embarrassment.”
G. Scott Hubbard, Stanford University, on budget cuts at NASA, The Washington Post, February 8, 2012.
“I really see a basic conflict between science and religion… I try not to be preachy, but I think it would be wonderful for the cultural debate if people saw what an amazing universe we live in, even if the evidence says it is likely an accident.”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, USA Today, February 6, 2012.
“If we spread the costs among an international consortium with many member nations we can afford a better, healthier life, protect our planet from incoming asteroids and space debris, and outsmart our destiny to become extinct.”
Gene McCall, Los Alamos National Laboratory, on the importance of funding space exploration, MSNBC.com, February 3, 2012.
“You can look into the brain and see a true neuron in action.”
Stefan Hell, Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, on research that cut a window into the skull of a living mouse, MSNBC.com, February 2, 2012.
“NBA players really are overly hesitant to shoot the ball in the early periods of the [24-second] shot clock…The later players took the shot, the worse the shot was. . . . If they see a pretty good early shot, they tend to assume ‘Well, I bet I can get a better one.’”
Brian Skinner, University of Minnesota, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 28, 2012.
“He said, ‘A lot of people all over the place are recommending you.’ All I said was, ‘Who are these former friends of mine?’”
Steven Chu, Department of Energy, recounting when the President asked him to be Energy Secretary, The New Republic, January 25, 2012.
“Lawrence Berkeley was a lab that a lot of people said was really in search of a mission… And [Chu] transformed it.”
Michael Lubell, American Physical Society, The New Republic, January 25, 2012.
“[T]hey’re nothing to be afraid of.”
Marge Bardeen, Fermilab, referring to cosmic rays, The Chicago Tribune, January 25, 2012.
“With all the technology of our advanced civilization, solar storms can have significant effects on communication, power, things like that.”
Robert Lin, University of California, Berkeley, The Seattle Times, January 24, 2012.
“I really feel that working keeps me youthful… But even more than that, I feel if you’re here, you should have some function in life. I think this idea that one owes something to society has grown on me.”
Edward Gerjuoy, University of Pittsburgh, on keeping active at age 93, USA Today, January 23, 2012.
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