"So we are stuck. Life may indeed pop up readily in Earthlike conditions, or it may be a fluke, unique in the observable universe. Because we are a product of this cosmic accident, we cannot conclude that Earth is typical. No statistical evidence can be drawn from a sample of one."
Paul Davies, Arizona State University, The New York Times, November 18, 2013.
"This is a landmark discovery–possibly a Nobel Prize in the making."
Alexander Kusenko, UCLA, on the recent discovery of 28 neutrinos from outside the solar system by the Antarctic IceCube detector, The Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2013.
"The goal is to try to make a map of the sky in a totally different way….Each time someone has done that, they have found something new."
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison on the recent discovery of 28 neutrinos from outside the solar system by the Antarctic IceCube detector, The Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2013.
"I think in order to solve the impending energy needs we might have to go a bit beyond."
Bobby Sumpter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FoxNews.com, November 21, 2013.
"It's reversible, but not that quickly….There are several chemical steps, but Iran knows how to do them."
David Albright, the Institute for Science and International Security, on Iran converting its enriched uranium into the less dangerous uranium dioxide, FoxNews.com, November 25, 2013.
"I could hear a cat, and once in a while a meow."
Bruce Weber, Montgomery College, about his cat Tank who got stuck in his house's walls, The Washington Post, December 3, 2013.
"There's tremendous visuals going on to catch people's attention….There's a fine line between being frantic and appropriately fast, so it's really hard."
Don Lincoln, Fermilab, about the Second Annual Physics Slam held at the laboratory, The Chicago Tribune, December 9, 2013.
"It is impossible to say anything in 10 minutes."
Hugh Lippincott, Fermilab, on the challenges of condensing his life's research on dark matter into a short talk, The Chicago Tribune, December 9, 2013.
"There are a lot of people who would bet that it's not perfectly round."
Eric Cornell, JILA and NIST, on the shape of the electron, NBCNews.com, December 10, 2013.
"The simplest idea for dark matter is that it's a massive neutral particle that used to be in thermal equilibrium when the universe was very hot and dense, and what we have now is the leftover relic abundance."
Sean Carroll, Caltech, NBCNews.com, December 14, 2013.
"Take anything I tell you with a grain of salt….I know nothing about the future."
Joe Incandela, CERN, CNN.com, December 14, 2013.
"You can endlessly make models of supersymmetry. A good theorist can invent a model in half an hour, and it takes an experimentalist 20 years to kill it."
Eugene Commins, University of California, Berkeley, www.scientificamerican.com, November 11, 2013.
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