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If you would only replace the radars by real radars and you replace the interceptors by faster interceptors and you find some way of discriminating between a warhead and a decoy, then yes, it’s a good foundation for moving forward.”
Richard Garwin, (NY-19th) IBM, on a Department of Defense report highlighting challenges facing the United State’s missile shield, The Associated Press, April 21, 2012
“There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning with a new idea. I feel lucky to be able to pursue these ideas, day-in and day-out, and to know that every once in a while, a new idea will turn into a whole new approach for doing things that can actually change the world.”
Jacob Taylor, (MD-8th) NIST, The Washington Post, May 7, 2012.
“The [obesity] epidemic was caused by the overproduction of food in the United States. Beginning in the 1970s, there was a change in national agricultural policy. Instead of the government paying farmers not to engage in full production, as was the practice, they were encouraged to grow as much food as they could. At the same time, technological changes and the “green revolution” made our farms much more productive. The price of food plummeted, while the number of calories available to the average American grew by about 1,000 a day.”
Carson Chow (MD-8th), National Institutes of Health, The New York Times, May 14, 2012.
“We’ve lost the motivation to make it (space) a priority… I think there’s always been some background activities going on. The space shuttle has been going on for several decades. But my criticism of that was that we were boldly going where hundreds have gone before. If you want to actually advance the space frontier, what you want to do is move that frontier out. Every time you do that, a whole new level of interest and curiosity is stimulated, spawned for having done so.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson(NY-14th), American Museum of Natural History, CBSNews.com, February 27, 2012.
“Think about how much the invention of the transistor is worth… The fundamental science that went into that was understanding quantum mechanics, understanding the micro world. Bohr didn’t get rich from it, Heisenberg didn’t get rich from it. But society got rich from it.”
Frank Wilczek (MA-8th), MIT, FoxNews.com, April 7, 2012.
“There are some facts and figures that are very disturbing, which show the United States might be losing ground in science and discovery, whereas other countries are gaining… We can’t sit back and watch.”
Pushpa Bhat (IL-14th) , Fermilab, MSNBC.com, April 6, 2012.
“Their approach is extremely powerful… This is at least a 10-year effort to make very tiny electrical wires and combine them with the placement of a phosphorus atom exactly where they want them.”
Andreas Heinrich (CA-11th), I.B.M., on research by physicists at Purdue and the University of New South Wales making single atom transistors, The New York Times, February 19, 2012.
“In fact, he was sneezing while approaching the stop sign. As a result he involuntary pushed the brakes very hard. Therefore we can assume that the deceleration was close to maximum possible for a car.”
Dmitri Krioukov (CA-53rd), University of California, San Diego, quoted from his paper which used physics to argue out of getting a speeding ticket, NPR.org, April 16, 2012.
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