“It was the influence of him and my mom teaching me to always be curious about the next layer of the universe that drove me into physics in the first place. It has been a great treat to get to work with my father at Sanford Lab while I was completing my master’s degree and working with LUX.”
Mark Hanhardt, Black Hills Pioneer, November 17, 2012.
“I think we’re looking in enough different ways that unless it’s something that we just haven’t thought of at all yet, it seems to me we’re very likely to find it within the next decade.”
Dan Bauer, Fermilab, on the search for dark matter, Space.com, November 27, 2012.
“Wales needs more science graduates–and not necessarily only graduates but technically-orientated people. I think hi-tech industry is going to be essential to the prosperity of Wales in the future and to attract them we need more scientists.”
Lyndon Evans, CERN, BBCNews.com, November 29, 2012.
“The Higgs particle arises from a field pervading space, known as the Higgs field… Everything in the known universe, as it travels through space, moves through the Higgs field; it’s always there lurking invisibly in the background.”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, quoted from his new book, “The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World,” The Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2012.
“If we had looked at particle data alone, we would have said, ‘We’re out! Goodbye, solar system!’”
Stamatios Krimigis, Johns Hopkins University, on whether Voyager I has exited the solar system, The Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2012.
“As ever, Voyager seems to have a remarkable capacity for providing observations that suggest ... we’re almost right… It would be nice for the theory and the observations to agree all at once. But it may not ever happen that way.”
Gary Zank, University of Alabama in Huntsville on whether Voyager I has exited the solar system, The Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2012.
“We’re moving into this headwind of WIMPs.”
Katherine Freese, University of Michigan, on the Earth’s movement amongst theoretical dark matter particles coming from the constellation Cygnus, The Washington Post, December 3, 2012.
“They’re still not quite high enough for fusion… and I wish we were going a little faster.”
Edward Moses, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, on the temperatures achieved by the lasers at the National Ignition Facility, The San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2012.
“Not only do you hear the chirps–the alien birds as my wife calls them–but you hear that sort of cricket-like thing in the background… So this is really a fantastic new measurement.”
Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa, on the sounds made by Earths’ radiation belts as detected by NASA’s Van Allen Probes, The Washington Post, December 4, 2012.
“If in the future they develop a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a rocket, they are not going to want to put that on a missile that has a high probability of exploding on the launch pad.”
David Wright, the Union of Concerned Scientists, on North Korea’s nuclear ICBM capabilities, The Washington Post, December 12, 2012.
“There turns out to be a slight tension between the two masses… They are compatible, just not super compatible.”
Beate Heinemann, University of California, Berkeley, describing two apparent measurements of the mass of the Higgs boson coming out of the LHC, Wired, December 14, 2012.
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