"Both parties are concerned about the cost of these things."
Lisbeth Dagmar Gronlund, Union of Concerned Scientists, on the Department of Energy's plan to refurbish nuclear weapons, Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2013.

"I understand Lederman's motivation at the time…If you call it 'God particle' or 'best particle of all time,' it helps capture the importance of the project. But we can't get rid of that damn name 20 years afterward."
David Kaiser, MIT, on how the Higgs boson got the "God Particle" nickname, PBS Newshour, October 23, 2013.

"Chill out, people. I'm just talking about a movie."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, referencing his tweets about the film "Gravity," CBS This Morning, October 25, 2013.

"Sperm cells interact with each other when in confined geometries…Just like birds when they fly in formation like a flock, similarly through the fluid, the sperm cells interact with each other and they synchronize their tails—they start beating in phase."
Erkan Tüzel, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The Boston Globe, October 30, 2013.

"They have not found dark matter…There is nothing smacking you in the face to make you think there is something there…If there is anything in there, it should become apparent."
Neal Weiner, New York University, on the recent results from the LUX detector, The New York Times, October 30, 2013.

"This is only the beginning for LUX…Now that we understand the instrument and its backgrounds, we will continue to take data, testing for more and more elusive candidates for dark matter."
Dan McKinsey, Yale, on the recent dark matter results, CNN.com, October 30, 2013.

"[A] lot of the popular story is Einstein does special relativity in 1905, he does–he starts general relativity in 1907, finishes it in 1915 and the rest is history, you know, and Unified Field Theory, which he never got. Well, actually, most of that time he was much more focused on light and its interaction with atoms."
A. Douglas Stone, Yale, on his new biography of Einstein, that highlights his central role in founding modern quantum mechanics, All Things Considered: Science Friday, November 1, 2013.

"We've got four top guns in the environmental movement telling [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel, 'You're wrong to shut down nuclear…I think that's a relatively big deal."
Burton Richter, Stanford,
CNN.com, November 3, 2013.

"The big question is why the Higgs (particle), with a mass more than 100 times that of the proton, is so light. That question is not answered by our picture of the universe."
Joel Butler, Fermilab, CNN.com, November 5, 2013.

"The ILC will be able to study the Higgs precisely…It will be a Higgs factory and will be able to make measurements of the Higgs' properties with 3% relative precision as opposed to the LHC's 25% relative precision, people believe ...The ILC could 'crack open the Higgs' and reveal the mysteries of nature's first spin-zero particle."
Tim Meyer, TRIUMF, CNN.com, November 5, 2013.

"I certainly never expected to see something of this scale or this magnitude…It's certainly scary."
Peter Brown, the University of Western Ontario, on the Chelyabinsk meteor, The Associated Press, November 7, 2013.


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December 2013 (Volume 22, Number 11)

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Fall Meetings Emerge Little Scathed from Recent Government Shutdown
March Meeting Aims Mile High in 2014
Hao Shi, Guy Geyer Marcus are Apker Recipients
Troy Shinbrot to Edit PR Applied
Suggestions Sought for Historic Physics Sites
Tough Path Ahead for Science Funding Authorization
Experts Convene to Weigh Nuclear Weapons Issues
APS Celebrates 20 Years in One Place
Bouchet Award Exceeds Fundraising Goal
Classroom Discussions Can Help Lower Gender Gap
Attendance is Robust at Plasma Meeting, but Some Outreach and Education Programs Canceled
APS Report Calls for Extending Nuclear Reactor Lifetimes
New APS Industrial Fellow Brings Broad Perspective
Eight Campuses to Host Conference for Undergrad Women
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Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Diversity Corner
Focus on APS Sections
Inside the Beltway