"What we were trying to understand better is how actions, in terms of routing humans, could affect the spread of disease."
Ruben Juanes, MIT, on how the freedom to travel affects the speed a contagion spreads, FoxNews.com, August 1, 2013.
"The voters, the citizens, deserve a campaign that helps them think about their future and shows them the choice they have…I don't think a campaign where one candidate is coronated before the race even begins helps that."
Rush Holt, House of Representatives, on his ultimately unsuccessful campaign for Senate in New Jersey, The New York Times, August 8 2013."
It points to something missing in our understanding of gravity."
Joseph Polchinski, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California, on whether there exists a "firewall paradox" at the edge of a black hole, The New York Times, August 12, 2013.
"Quantum field theory is how the world works."
Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, The New York Times, August 12, 2013.
"It's a very curious time in high-energy physics…The problem is going to be convincing the US government that they can find a pot of money in order to support this Japanese initiative."
Michael Peskin, SLAC, on the International Linear Accelerator, National Public Radio, August 12, 2013.
"Everything is perfect."
Krzysztof Rykaczewski, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, on the confirmation of element 115, The New York Times, August 27, 2013.
"The universe is this great, big, amazing place and we really only understand about five percent of it. In my day-to-day life, the questions I ask myself have to deal with car payments or airport security or traffic. These are boring questions. Then I talk to my 3-year-old nephew and that's when I remember–because he walks around and asks 'why' all the time…That's why I believe particle physics is important… because my nephew asks me, 'Why?' and I want to be able to answer."
Hugh Lippincott, Fermilab, The Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2013.
"It's the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space…Think of that. It's really something that's mind-boggling."
Ed Stone, Caltech, on the whereabouts of Voyager 1, The Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2013.
"It's almost a pure tone. Like middle C. But slightly varying, like your piano is not quite tuned right."
Donald Gurnett, University of Iowa, on what space "sounds like" to the Voyager I spacecraft, The Washington Post, September 12, 2013.
"We know they're producing steam, but we don't know if this is a test or if the reactor is up and running…they said they've kept it operationally on standby. They have staff. They maintain it."
David Albright, the Institute for Science and International Security, on suspicious steam rising out of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, The Chicago Tribune, September 12, 2013.
"Physics and chemistry as we know them would become very different, and certainly no living creature would survive."
Sean Carroll, Caltech, on what the universe would be like if the quantum vacuum becomes unstable, NBCNews.com, September 13, 2103.
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