“There are many things you can learn [from the ISS]...surprising things.”
Samuel C. C. Ting, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on his experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, on the International Space Station, The Globe and Mail, February 17, 2013.
“If you had cosmic-ray eyes the sky would look very boring, because cosmic rays come from all directions.”
Stefan Funk, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, on his discovery of the supernova origins of cosmic rays, Time Magazine, February 19, 2013.
“As we work to ensure oversight on travel expenditures, we also should work to preserve the many benefits of appropriate travel, which can promote collaboration and innovation…As a scientist, I know firsthand how important scientific conferences and meetings are…The informal conversations, as well as the formal presentations and poster sessions that go into a conference among scientists from different institutions, lead to new collaborations that have the promise of new discoveries. These are not fancy junkets.”
Rush Holt, House of Representatives, on impact of travel restrictions on federal scientists, The Washington Post, February 27, 2013.
“What we are advocating is the need to establish nuclear and other essentially zero carbon options. We have to understand, what does it cost?”
Ernest Moniz, MIT, speaking to Washington’s World Affairs Council before being nominated as Energy Secretary, All Things Considered, March 4, 2013.
“Our issue is that Europe and Asia are contemplating or have made $10 billion investments in particle physics…How we compete is a problem for us.”
Jim Siegrist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The New York Times, March 5, 2013.
“What most of us are motivated by is to find out something new, not just to measure some number to more accurate precision…up till now, there’s no new stuff that’s obvious.”
Robert Cousins, University of California, Los Angeles, on his research at the LHC, The Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2013.
“He has always been very inventive in thinking of new ideas extending and going beyond the standard model of particle physics.”
Edward Witten, the Institute for Advanced Study, on Paul Frampton, who has been convicted of drug smuggling in Argentina, The New York Times Magazine, March 10, 2013.
“[If] ‘I predicted a particle that’s actually in the universe.’ Wouldn’t that be a rush? Much better than other ways of getting a lot of dopamine…That would bring an enormous sense of fulfillment, quite apart from the Nobel Prize.”
Paul Frampton, University of North Carolina, describing his greatest dream, The New York Times Magazine, March 10, 2013.
“It is very exciting to be here, and this year just has been quite exhilarating as a particle physicist!”
Meenakshi Narain, Brown University, after CERN confirmed that the particle discovered last July is in fact the Higgs Boson, MSNBC.com, March 14, 2013.
“Clear evidence that the new particle is the Standard Model Higgs boson still would not complete our understanding of the universe…We still wouldn’t understand why gravity is so weak, and we would have the mysteries of dark matter to confront. But it is satisfying to come a step closer to validating a 48-year-old theory.”
Patty McBride, Fermilab, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2013.
“[The results] are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is.”
Joe Incandela, CERN, The Washington Post, March 14, 2013.
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