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“I try to show people that I am completely normal, that I order the same beer and so forth. But the poor guys–when I start talking about physics, the evening is done.”
–Christian Binek, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the Journal–Star,
(Lincoln, Nebraska) April 17, 2006
"There are good reasons to think that the LHC will produce major discoveries."
–Michael Dine, University of California, Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Sentinel,
April 12, 2006
"It doesn't matter how many collisions you have, you can never change the specific momenta that are in the system. That means you never lose the features you start out with."
–David Weiss, Penn State, on his atomic version of the Newton’s cradle toy, which consists of a row of suspended steel balls that knock from side to side, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 13, 2006
"I feel like the mouse that roared."
–Kenneth Ganezer, Cal State- Dominguez Hills, on being named one of the “hottest” researchers by the publication Science Watch, Long Beach Press-Telegram,
April 17, 2006
"I get the whole loot. My ego has gotten so big I can barely get through the door."
–Arthur Rosenfeld, UC Berkeley (emeritus), on receiving the Enrico Fermi Award and $375,000 honorarium, San Mateo County Times, April 28, 2006
"It was nice. I got the crown and good cookies."
–Arnold Clark, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (retired), on being honored as the oldest member of the Livermore-Amador Symphony, the Tri-Valley Herald, April 28, 2006
"25 percent, if nature's kind."
–Jay Marx, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on LIGO’s chance of seeing gravitational waves, The New York Times, May 2, 2006
"They're not just Shiva the Destroyer; they're Brahma the Creator."
–Scott Hughes, MIT, on black holes, which may influence galaxy development, according to new research, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 29, 2006
“The reason for going underground is the same reason why astronomers look at stars at night."
–Ken Lande, University of Pennsylvania, on underground labs, Associated Press, May 5, 2006
"The conventional view is that all of space, time, matter and energy began at a single point ...However, this new theory suggests that there's a continuous cycle of universes, with each a repeat of the last, but not an exact replica. It can be thought of as a child of the previous universe."
–Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University, on his cyclic universe theory, BBC News online, May 5, 2006
"The maple that is used for bats has just about the exact same properties as the ash that is used for bats, which actually somewhat surprised me. They broke about the same, had about the same properties."
–Robert Adair, Yale University, on baseball bats, The Free Lance-Star (Fredricksburg, VA), May 9, 2006
"A plasma cloud is going to be by nature composed of electrons and ions. When they recombine to form atoms they're going to release light and therefore they will glow."
–Iver Cairns, University of Sydney, on plasma clouds, which may provide a plausible explanation for some UFO sightings, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Science Online, Australia, May 8, 2006
“And we can go back in this machine to like a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang, recreate the conditions that existed then … but we cannot go to the ultimate cause.”
-Roger Dixon, Fermilab, CBS News, Chicago, May 7, 2006
“Neutrinos just keep going. They go under Wisconsin, a little bit east of Madison, under Lake Superior, and into Minnesota.”
–Marvin Marshak, University of Minnesota, describing the MINOS experiment, NPR, All Things Considered, May 3, 2006
"Physics explains chemistry, chemistry explains biology. There's a coherence, and that's what science is all about."
–Leon Lederman, Fermilab, on why physics should be taught before chemistry and biology in high schools, Baltimore Sun, May 9, 2006
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