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“In science we like surprises. We like big surprises. This one is too big to be true…We really like things that rock the boat and turn us in a new direction, but this one turns the boat upside down and fills it with water.”
Michael Turner, (IL-1st) University of Chicago, on faster than light neutrinos, The Washington Post, November 14, 2011.
“Magnetic materials are extremely useful and strategically important to many major economies, but there aren’t that many of them… To make a brand new material is very intriguing and scientifically very important.”
Shan X. Wang, (CA-14th) Stanford University, on a new 12-atom nanomaterial used to store digital information, The New York Times, January 12, 2012.
“If you do this with two atoms, then they behave more like a quantum mechanical object... This is why science is interested in this work more than the technology.”
Andreas Heinrich, (CA-11th) IBM, on a new 12-atom nanomaterial used to store digital information, The New York Times, January 12, 2012.
“First, you have to understand the size and scope of this problem. The debris field from this Japanese tragedy is the size of the state of California.”
Michio Kaku, (NY-15th) City College of New York, on debris that washed up on the west coast of the United States, purportedly left over from the Japanese tsunami, CNN.com, December 29, 2011.
“El Gordo is at a distance that corresponds to a distance of about seven billion light years–we’re looking at it at a time that the universe was only half as old as it is now, when structure was forming at a different rate…By looking at and understanding the properties of El Gordo, we’re able to understand the time evolution of the structure formation of the universe.”
Jack Hughes, (NM-3rd) Rutgers University, on discovering the largest galaxy cluster ever seen, dubbed El Gordo, BBC News, January 10, 2012.
“Physics is a true canary in the mine, so to speak, of judging America’s capabilities in terms of science…If you let physics go, it’s symptomatic of the fact that something has eroded in the intellectual capacity of academic institutions.”
Carlos Handy, (TX-18th) Texas Southern University, on proposed program cuts throughout the public universities of Texas, The New York Times, September 15, 2011.
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