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May 2006 (Volume 15, Number 5)

Members in the Media

"At first, we were disbelieving. We repeated the experiment many times to make sure we had a true result and not an 'Ooops'!"
— Chris Deeney, Sandia National Lab, on achieving a temperature of 2 billion kelvins in Sandia’s Z machine, Associated Press, March 9, 2006

"Several things about it are not really understood–the durability, for one thing, is really not known how to predict."
— Edward Garboczi, NIST, on concrete, Baltimore Sun, March 24, 2006

"It's been very hard to come to a consensus. But it looks like it could be years or decades or millennia before any serious degradation takes place."
— Raymond Jeanloz, UC Berkeley, on the useful lifespan of plutonium for weapons, San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2006

"It never ceases to amaze me that it is possible to tell what is going on in the first moment of the universe."
— Charles Bennett, Johns Hopkins University, on the latest results from WMAP, USA Today, March 16, 2006

"What works? Science works. Geocentrism doesn't. End of story. I've learned over time that it's hard to convince people who believe otherwise, independent of evidence."
— Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University, on geocentrism, the Sun Herald (South Mississippi), March 28, 2006

“Redefining science? Who are you? Where do you come from? The arrogance is just unbelievable.”
— Hume Feldman, University of Kansas, on the Kansas State Board of Education’s changes to the definition of science in thepublic school science standards, Lawrence Journal-World, March 17, 2006

"It's amazing we are so uncertain about the most abundant substance on Earth. I have a feeling that, with water, there will be more surprises."
— Anders Nilsson, Stanford University, on the structure of water, The Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2006

“There are no bacteria known to be resistant to silver or silver oxide."
— Dan Storey, Nexxion, on new silver oxide coating for medical devices to prevent infections, Baltimore Sun, March 17, 2006

"It shows that planet formation is really ubiquitous in the universe. It's a very robust process and can happen in all sorts of unexpected environments."
— Deepto Chakrabarty, MIT, on finding a dusty disk around a dead star, Associated Press, April 5, 2006

"This was the most successful of the 42."
— Jay Pasachoff, Williams College, on the many eclipses during which he has collected data, The New York Times, March 30, 2006

"It's still up in the air how readily H5N1 can become human-to-human, but almost certainly there will be another pandemic at some point."
— Timothy Germann, Los Alamos National Laboratory, on how bird flu would spread, National Geographic News, April 3, 2006

"Many students have a fear of science, but if they come at it from a different angle, they sometimes find out they're interested in the subject and take more classes."
— Michael Dennin, UC Irvine, on using comic book heroes to teach physics, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2006

“The drop rides along on the vapor like a boat on a river. The vapor is generated between the droplet and the ratchet's surface in a narrow gap, about the width of a human hair."
— Heiner Linke, University of Oregon, on a way of making water droplets run uphill, FOX news.com, March 30, 2006

"Most people don't report their sightings. They're afraid of ridicule, but in reality the world is interested. It's ready."
— Stanton Friedman, on flying saucers, KOAA TV news, March 23, 2006

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May 2006 (Volume 15, Number 5)

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Serene to Succeed McIlrath as APS Treasurer
APS Honors Its First President
March Meeting Prize and Award Recipients
Meeting Attendees Contact Congress
March Meeting Physicists Drop In on Congress
Graphene's Unique Properties Offer Much Potential
New APS Education Award Calls for Nominations
... And the Physicists Sang Along
Nanopores Have a Zillion Uses, Researchers Say
States with Unmatched Spins Lead to Novel Superfluids
Meeting Attendee Has Identity Stolen
The Ides of March
Committee on Minorities Meets
Intel Science Talent Search Selects 2006 Winners
Coloring Book Features Famous Physicists
Scientists Explore Intricacies of Evolution.
Division of Biological Physics Workshop Presents Research Opportunities
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