“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space… In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called ‘the magnetic highway’ where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space, and that change of direction has not yet been observed.”
Edward Stone, Caltech, CBSNews.com, March 20, 2013.
“Just as DNA determines many individual characteristics, the map from the space probe shows the seeds from which our current universe grew.”
Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University, about the recent detailed map of the cosmic microwave background made by the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope, The Washington Post, March 21, 2013.
“The standard cosmological model looks even stronger today than yesterday… The universe remains simple and strange.”
David Spergel, Princeton University, on the new map of the CMB, The New York Times, March 21, 2013.
“We envision that one day small robots with legs will be sent on to Mars and other planets to help humans with extraterrestrial exploration.”
Chen Li, University of California Berkeley, The San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2013.
“It was basically just this random mess of collisions, which is essentially how you want to think about the gas in the air that we breathe.”
Jesse Silverberg, Cornell, on the physics of mosh pits, National Public Radio, March 22, 2013.
“We hope that this will provide a lens into looking at other extreme situations such as riots and protests and escape panic.”
Matthew Bierbaum, Cornell, on the physics of mosh pits, National Public Radio, March 22, 2013.
“Is that really nothing?… There’s no space and there’s no time. But what about physical laws, what about mathematical entities? What about consciousness? All the things that are non-spatial and non-temporal.”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, on whether nothing is just the absence of something, NBCNews.com, March 24, 2013.
“This is a different time… It makes sense to have a brain activity map now because the maturation of an array of nanotechnologies can be brought to bear on the problem.”
Michael Roukes, Caltech, on the announcement by President Obama of a new initiative to map the human brain, The New York Times, April 2, 2013.
“It took us 18 years to build this experiment. We want to do it very accurately.”
Samuel C. C. Ting, MIT, when announcing the ISS’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer hinted at the presence of dark matter, The Washington Post, April 3, 2013.
“What you have probably seen from the data is a significant new measurement… Unfortunately, the data wasn’t that conclusive.”
Richard Gaitskell, Brown University, on whether data from the ISS’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer hinted at the presence of dark matter, The Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2013.
“I would bet against dark matter being the origin of these particles at this time.”
Dan Hooper, Fermilab, on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer data, National Public Radio, April 3, 2013.
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