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"Think of going to work every day and being confronted with problems that have no solutions. Our life is essentially dealing with things we don't understand. That's really exciting. It's just such wonderful, magic super stuff to do."
- Christopher C. White, NIST, on what it's like to work at NIST, Washington Post, April 1, 2001
"Just because Einstein's work has passed every test to date does not mean it's the final word."
-Clifford Will, Washington University, on a proposed new test of general relativity, Indianapolis Star, April 4, 2001
"You're looking at the business end of the accelerator."
-Trevor Weekes, Harvard-Smithsonian Center, on the observation of "extreme" galaxies, NY Times, April 10, 2001
"Those numbers are alarming, and apparently true."
-Michael Dine, UC Santa Cruz, on the mystery of dark energy in the universe, NY Times, April 10, 2001
"Under large strains, they have the extraordinary property of being able to bend without breaking and then be bent back into their original shape."
-Michael R. Falvo, U. of North Carolina, on carbon nanotubes, Business Week Online, April 13, 2001
"Some Senators are championing efforts to support the National Science Foundation and the Energy Department. But their time will be wasted if President Bush doesn't help. He should tell Congress that he is willing to accept increases to the key agencies that underpin the nation's economic growth and standard of living."
-Richard Smalley, Rice University, Dallas Morning News, April 24, 2001
"We expected the particles to be released for a much longer time at these high energies. Instead, the time is so short that we can't measure it."
-John G. Cramer, U. of Washington, on results from experiments at RHIC, UPI, May 1, 2001
"I don't think we've absolutely proven black holes spin, but the evidence is now very good."
-Todd Strohmayer, ABCnews.com, May 1, 2001
"The 'crack' is the high-velocity interaction of the ball and the bat and the air between them as it's pushed out fast and hard in a high-frequency pulse."
-Robert K. Adair, Yale University, on the science behind the crack of the bat, ABCnews.com, May 4, 2001
"Cheating is on a gray scale. Things come rolling into your computer, and you feel ownership of them even if you don't own them. You slide down the slope into full-fledged intellectual theft."
-Louis A. Bloomfield, U. of Virginia, on apparent massive cheating detected by comparing answers with a computer program, Washington Post, May 9, 2001
"This can show power engineers how a superconducting transmission line could operate. It shows a practical application."
-John Clem, Iowa State, on the first commercial test of cable made from high-Tc superconductors, Washington Post, May 20, 2001
"Nowhere is the inherent unity of science better illustrated than in the interplay between cosmology, the study of the largest things in the universe, and particle physics, the study of the smallest things."
-Rocky Kolb, Fermilab, Dallas Morning News, May 21, 2001
"University research programs provide students with mandatory hands-on technical skills. Therefore, a cut in federal research support means fewer local students will be able to fill our high-tech jobs. "
-P Craig Taylor, University of Utah, op-ed piece in the Salt Lake City Tribune, May 27, 2001