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June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

Members in the Media

 “This is a Nobel Prize-winning result if it is proved. But it needs to be confirmed, and the experiment really has to demonstrate a total mastery of the data. Neither of those criteria have been achieved, and therefore you have to bring a healthy skepticism to the result as it stands.”
Richard Gaitskell, Brown University, on the DAMA collaboration announcement that they have observed evidence for dark matter, Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2008

“I have all the lifetime miles I need. I don’t need any more.”
Kevin Lesko, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on having to travel to Canada or Japan to conduct research that he will soon be able to do at DUSEL, Associated Press, April 27, 2008

“I don’t see anything to suggest this is propaganda. They seem to be working on an advanced machine.”
Houston G. Wood, University of Virginia, on new photos of Iran’s nuclear reactor, The New York Times, April 29, 2008

“Maybe there is a compass in the eye of birds, and a map in their beaks.”
Thorsten Ritz, University of California, Irvine, on how birds use magnetic fields to navigate, Washington Post, May 5, 2008

“There are at least 15 theoretical models out there, and most of them are pure guesses,”
Warren Pickett, University of California, Davis, on a new class of superconductors, Christian Science Monitor, May 7, 2008

“You could drop it.”
Zeina Jean Jabbour, NIST, on reasons for trying to redefine the standard kilogram, which is still based on a physical object, Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2008

 “This is a real geek fest.”
Terry Schalk, University of California, Santa Cruz, on the Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA, The New York Times, May 13, 2008

“If most of your world is water, you’d better know something about water. If nearly all of the universe is something we know nothing about, we’d better learn everything we can about it.”
Daniel McKinsey, Yale University, Argus Leader, May 1, 2008

“If you cared about money you wouldn’t be a scientist at all, would you.”
John Womersley, Science and Technology Facilities Council, answering a student concerned about pursuing a career in science, given the funding situation for science in the UK, BBC News online, April 9, 2008

“We’ll compare the images we get tonight with all the accumulated images of the same part of the sky on other nights and look for what’s there now that wasn’t there before. This is how we are going to find killer asteroids and a few million other solar system objects. It will be the greatest movie ever made.”
Zeljko Ivezic, University of Washington, on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Discover Magazine, May 13, 2008

“I’m typically using several hundred processors. For the biggest projects, the calculations take months.”
Jacques G. Amar, University of Toledo, on his research on far from equilibrium processes that uses the Ohio Supercomputer Center, The Columbus Dispatch, April 29, 2008

“There are not that many alternatives.”
Klaus Lackner, Columbia University, on his idea for vacuuming carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2008

“Our universe will not be affected by what you do in the past.”
Ronald Mallett, University of Connecticut, on time travel, The Boston Globe, May 12, 2008

“I’m trying to do this without money because I think money corrupts the whole thing,”
David Maker, running for Congress, The Huntsville Times, May 13, 2008

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Science Writing Intern: Nadia Ramlagan

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Chinese Human Rights Advocate Receives APS Sakharov Prize
Workshop Attendees Get the Lowdown on Politics
Physics of Homeland Security is Focus of NE Section Meeting
APS Flips for PhysicsQuest
Space Debris Still a Growing Problem
New Ways Suggested to Probe Lorentz Violation
25th Anniversary Commemoration
Physicists Adopt Complementary Approaches in Dark Matter Search
April Meeting Prize and Award Recipients
Major Accelerators Closing in on Elusive Higgs Particle
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Profiles in Versatility
Focus on APS Topical Groups