“For the last eight years and even before that, things in the nuclear world have really been drifting. Now there is a lot more discussion and thought about the role of nuclear weapons.”
John Browne, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA Today, December 14, 2008

“I think you would have a hard time designating CO2 from Coca-Cola as a major contributor to global warming,”
David Haase, North Carolina State University, CNSNews.com, December 15, 2008

“We want to make an anchor that can dig itself down to the right position to hold the vessel securely–and then, just as critically, easily reposition or free itself.”
Anette Hosoi, MIT, on RoboClam, Boston Globe, December 22, 2008

“My wife and I went to Greenland last summer where the global warming is most intense and it’s very spectacular, you really see that the country is getting warmer very rapidly. But the point is that the people who live there love it and they hope it continues. So I would say that it’s perfectly clear that global warming is real but it’s not at all clear that it’s harmful.”
Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, on global warming, The Science Show, ABC Radio (Australia), December 13, 2008

“It’s considered a holy text, the ‘Citizen Kane’ of comic books. When I was done vibrating like a gong, I said I’d be happy to do something.”
James Kakalios, University of Minnesota, on being asked to be a science advisor to the upcoming Watchmen movie, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 14, 2008

“I had poor attendance, and was failing 10 to 15 percent, and grading the tests and shaking my head in despair about how little was getting across. And this is a subject–electromagnetism–that I love.”
John Belcher, MIT, on lectures at MIT, The New York Times, January 13, 2009

“The one thing that has always intrigued me is, can we take the same idea and do it in three dimensions?”  
Daniel Rugar, IBM, on using a magnetic resonance force microscope to get a 3-d image of a virus, The New York Times, January 12, 2009

“If this does turn out to come from that epoch, it would be a new window into what was going on there. It suggests there’s something out there we’re missing.”
David Spergel, Princeton University, on an unexplained background radio noise coming from the early universe that may cast light on the formation of the first stars, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 8, 2009

“The thermal conductivity of rocks is so low that the inside of a lava flow can be red hot, and the outside stone cold, and it could still take years for the heat to come out.”
Stephen Morris, University of Toronto, explaining how it can take years or decades for lava to cool, The National Post, (Canada) January 5, 2009

“The better we can understand [the structure of the galaxy], the better the chance for finding more evidence of dark matter.
Martin Pohl, Iowa State University, on his new map of the Milky Way, Time, January 6, 2008

“Life is sort of a small fraction of what the universe is about–depending on your perspective. If you look out in the universe, it’s a pretty dead place. . . . Anyone coming from [Galileo’s] time would be shocked by the diminution of mankind in the context of the universe.”
Adam Burrows, Princeton University, Washington Post, January 14, 2009

“The mesoscopic is where you’ve got many molecules, and the manyness matters.”
Athene Donald, Cambridge University, describing her research interests, The Guardian (UK) January 13, 2009

“I started to think how can I use these exotic quantum mechanical forces for technology.”
Federico Capasso, Harvard University, on his proposed way to levitate tiny objects using the repulsive Casimir effect, Reuters, January 7, 2009

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February 2009 (Volume 18, Number 2)

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Lighting Up Classrooms: 2008 PhysicsQuest Kits Launched
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