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“You would really need something the size of a Soviet H-bomb to have effects that cross many states.”
Yousaf Butt (MA-6th), Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on the dangers of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) doing serious damage to the United States electrical grid, USA Today, October 26, 2010.
“We must live up to the dream of 25 years with a lot of seriousness, even if we are like little kids in the candy store with all this data around.”
Maria Spiropulu (Geneva, Switzerland), CERN, on the possible discoveries at the LHC, The New York Times, November 2, 2010.
“It’s marvelous that carbon wins again. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but graphene gives an unexpected and a wholly new way to put the electron in carbon country; bringing a whole new range of applications and showing again the strength of the British science base. It confirms at the highest level the excellence of UK physics.”
Marshall Stoneham (Wallingford, United Kingdom), University College, London, on this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, USA Today, October 5, 2010.
“This is something people have difficulty wrapping their minds around, because it doesn’t show up in any obvious ways in our everyday lives. It’s a very subtle effect, until you’re flying close to a black hole or moving close to the speed of light.”
Sean Carroll (CA-29th), Caltech, on time dilation, National Public Radio, September 23, 2010.
“It’s very simple to control…You don’t have all these joints.”
Eric Brown (IL-1st), University of Chicago, on a robotic hand he developed that uses what looks like a stress ball to grab objects, The Washington Post, November 2, 2010.
“Helium is central to half of my ongoing research and the dissertation work of several students.”
Daniel Lathrop (MD-5th), University of Maryland, on the projected national helium shortage, The Washington Post, October 11, 2010.
“Maybe the huge black holes at the center of the Milky Way and other galaxies are bridges to different universes.”
Nikodem Poplawski (IN-9th), Indiana University in Bloomington, The Washington Post, August 24, 2010.
“It’s really about the question: to whom does the American Dream belong? Does it belong to all of us, or a privileged few?”
Rush Holt (NJ-12th), U.S. House of Representatives, running for re-election, The Star-Ledger, September 3, 2010.
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