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“I think what happened is after Three Mile Island, that event actually spurred the nuclear industry and the regulatory agency to take a very thorough look at what they were doing.…Unfortunately, it took this Macondo accident to really open up the eyes for deepwater drilling safety.”
Steven Chu (CA-9th), Department of Energy, comparing Fukushima to the Gulf Oil Spill, National Public Radio, March 31, 2011.
“This is huge–an unexpected discovery, which could completely transform high-energy physics, and cosmology as well, as the two fields are joined at the hip… But there is one big IF–if it holds up and is not explained by standard model physics.”
Michael Turner (IL-1st), Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago, about some new data reported by the CDF collaboration at Fermilab, outside Chicago, MSNBC.com, April 6, 2011.
“We haven’t seen any of the heavier stuff that would come right from the core, which people saw 30 years ago during the Chernobyl accident.”
Andreas Knecht (WA-7th), University of Washington, on the dangers of trace amounts of radiation detected on the West Coast, U.S. News and World Report, March 29, 2011.
“I wonder if Watson wasn’t having a low-voltage night, because I certainly didn’t expect to score higher than the computer.”
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12th) U.S. House of Representatives, after learning he beat the computer Watson in an online Jeopardy game, The Associated Press, March 2, 2011.
“How are we going to feel if they find it at the LHC? The Tevatron had the capacity to give us complementary information.”
Lisa Randall (MA-8th), Harvard, on the hunt for the Higgs Boson and the upcoming shutdown of the Tevatron, The New York Times, January 17, 2011.
“Neutrinos are really pretty strange particles when you get down to it…They’re almost nothing at all, because they have almost no mass and no electric charge...They’re just little wisps of almost nothing.”
John Conway (CA-1st), University of California, Davis, The PBS NewsHour, January 25, 2011.
“It’s not a magic bullet–there never is in this business… But I think as a general tool for art and art historical and archaeological exploration, it’s the best new thing to come out in a very long time.”
Robert Thorne, (NY-22nd) Cornell, on using high energy X-rays to find forged artwork, United Press International, March 28, 2011.
“We want to have something that’s not changing, so that we can have a stable system of measurement.”
Peter J. Mohr (MD-8th), NIST, on why the international standard for the mass of a kilogram needs to be changed, The New York Times, February 12, 2011.
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