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“The simplest idea for dark matter is that it’s a massive neutral particle that used to be in thermal equilibrium when the universe was very hot and dense, and what we have now is the leftover relic abundance.”
Sean Carroll (CA-27), Caltech, NBCNews.com, December 14, 2013.
“These results are still a long way from ignition, but they represent a significant step forward in fusion research.”
Mark Herrmann (NM-1st), Sandia National Laboratories, on the National Ignition Facility’s recent report that their laser fusion experiment produced more energy than it absorbed, USA Today, February 13, 2014.
“Certainly everything in the universe that we see now, at one time before inflation, was smaller than an electron…. And then it expanded during inflation at faster than the speed of light.”
Kent Irwin (CA-18th), Stanford, CNN Tech, on his team’s discovery of evidence for cosmic inflation, March 18, 2014.
“Mother Nature is pretty unforgiving – we’re trying to stuff a lot of energy in a very small volume.”
Omar Hurricane(CA-15th), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on the National Ignition Facility’s laser fusion experiments, The Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2014.
“There are not many things in our daily lives that we know to 1% accuracy. I now know the size of the universe better than I know the size of my house. Twenty years ago, astronomers were arguing about estimates that differed by up to 50%. Five years ago, we’d refined that uncertainty to 5%; a year ago, it was 2%. One percent accuracy will be the standard for a long time to come.”
David Schlegel (CA-13th), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on recent measurements of the distances between galaxies, BBCNews.com, January 9, 2014
“We now have the opportunity to determine what the sources are, if we are indeed seeing sources of cosmic rays…The big difference …is that we are not using light, we are using neutrinos to look at the sky.”
Francis Halzen (WI-2nd), University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the IceCube neutrino detector’s capabilities, FoxNews.com, January 23, 2014.
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