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"Physics and chemistry as we know them would become very different, and certainly no living creature would survive."
Sean Carroll (CA-27th) Caltech, on what the universe would be like if the quantum vacuum becomes unstable, NBCNews.com, September 13, 2103.
"The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."
Mikhail Lukin (MA-5th) Harvard University, comparing his research making "light molecules" to the light sabers seen in Star Wars, CNN.com, September 26, 2013.
"[Iran's nuclear industry investments,] often made in secret and dominated by black market purchases, have not been consistent with a strictly peaceful nuclear program."
David Albright (DC) Institute for Science and International Security, The Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2013.
"Sound recordings give us this magnificent window into the breadth of human endeavors."
Carl Habe (CA-13th) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on receiving a MacArthur Foundation award for decoding very old sound recordings, The Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2013.
"The universe is this great, big, amazing place and we really only understand about five percent of it. In my day-to-day life, the questions I ask myself have to deal with car payments or airport security or traffic. These are boring questions. Then I talk to my 3-year-old nephew and that's when I remember – because he walks around and asks 'why' all the time…That's why I believe particle physics is important…because my nephew asks me, 'Why?' and I want to be able to answer."
Hugh Lippincott (IL-7th) Fermilab, The Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2013.
"Our experiments are completely shut down, we can't do any experimenting right now. On the other hand, part of our work is thinking about the experiments and analyzing things, so we can work from home. They can stop us from being in a lab, but they can't stop us from thinking."
David Wineland (CO-2nd) NIST, on being furloughed during the government shutdown, USAToday.com, October 14, 2013.
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