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“I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models.... I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests.”
Freeman Dyson, Princeton, The New York Times, December 14, 2009.
“Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application…This is a very strong indicator of weapons work.”
David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, after scrutinizing secret documents about Iran’s nuclear program, United Press International, December 14, 2009.
“[E]ach time you have this touch down, you see the disease spread out like a wave.”
Alessandro Vespignani, Indiana University, on the surprising way diseases use cars to spread through cities, USA Today, December 15, 2009.
“He gave me a high five after my talk…He was so enthusiastic and so excited to see this prediction become true.”
Randall Hulet, Rice University, after verifying Vitaly Efimov’s decades old theory on quark interactions, MSNBC.com, December 16, 2009.
“Our discovery demonstrates how microscopic swimming agents, such as bacteria or man-made nanorobots, in combination with hard materials can constitute a ‘smart material’ which can dynamically alter its microstructures, repair damage or power microdevices.”
Igor Aronson, Argonne National Lab, United Press International, December 16, 2009.
‘’Anybody can change a wiki online. It may get changed back, but at least they have the ability to change it. ’’
Chuck Niederriter, Gustavus Adolphus College, The New York Times, December 16, 2009.
“Maybe computers still seemed somewhat magical back in 1985…[It’s] the only way to explain how two dateless teen-aged boys, desperately trying to program a computer simulation of a woman, end up with Lisa, a living, breathing and totally beautiful creation with supernatural powers.”
Sidney Perkowitz, Emory University, on the film “Weird Science,” CNN.com, December 17, 2009.
“There is a dark star song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, too, that we had in mind,”
Katherine Freese, University of Michigan, on the naming of theorized dark matter stars that existed in the early universe, MSNBC.com, December 21, 2009.
“We want it to be true–we so want to have a clue about dark matter.”
Maria Spiropulu, Caltech, about recent anomalous readings at the CDMS detector in Minnesota, The New York Times, December 28, 2009.
“My job is neat…The improvements in time and frequency measurements have made possible a revolution in telecommunications services and other important technological advancements for our country.”
Judah Levine, NIST, The Washington Post, January 4, 2010.
“The most impressive thing is it’s an integration of fundamental science and world-leading engineering–it’s the thing that the British are not supposed to be able to do.”
Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Labs, on the launch of an upcoming flexible E-reader, BBCNews.com, December 31, 2009.
“We got into it, because we are trying to design new materials for the Air Force that have interesting optical properties.”
Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan, on ways to improve the packing density of tetrahedrons, The New York Times, January 5, 2010.
“Europeans only used half as much energy per dollar of GDP, and it was clear that their lifestyle was as good as ours.”
Arthur H. Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission, The Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2010.
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