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“For reasons no one yet understands, nature ruled out antimatter.”
Jeffery Hangst, CERN, The Christian Science Monitor, November 18, 2010.
“The atoms that were trapped were not yet trapped very long and in a very usable number, but one has to crawl before you sprint.”
Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University, on CERN being the first to successfully trap antimatter, The Associated Press, November 18, 2010.
“Actually fairly shocking…My own preliminary appraisal would be ‘guilty as charged’.”
Paul Ginsparg, Cornell, after looking into allegations that claim an influential anti-global warming report contained plagiarized sections, USA Today, November 21, 2010.
“I think it will turn out to be a consideration in the future redesign of helmets.”
Eric Blackman of the University of Rochester, on his study recommending a face shield for military helmets, The Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2010.
“Instead of seeing a few small cascades of centrifuges, which I believed to exist in North Korea, we saw a modern, clean centrifuge plant of more than a thousand centrifuges all neatly aligned and plumbed.”
Siegfried Hecker, Stanford, on seeing North Korea’s surprisingly advanced nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2010.
“To capture the characteristics of each crystal, I have developed a special microscope that allows me to add back lighting…The snow crystal functions as a complex lens that reflects light, resulting in beautiful coloring effects.”
Ken Libbrecht, Caltech, on his photography of snowflakes, The Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2010.
“We have a different life inside the house and outside…When you are married to someone who does the same thing as you, it can feel a little claustrophobic. I need more stuff. I need other questions. For me, it’s perfect to move from one world to the other.”
Angela Olinto, University of Chicago, on being married to world renowned classical guitarist Sérgio Assad, The New York Times, November 25, 2010.
“People have been searching for evidence of this for decades…What’s exciting is if this is really true … [it’s] the first unambiguous measurement of this condition of the early universe.”
Richard Teuscher, CERN ATLAS, on the first isolation of quark-gluon plasma at CERN, CBCNews.com, November 26, 2010.
“Intellectually, I’m opposed to these awards…I think I’ve gotten more than enough reward from working in physics.”
Ezra (Ted) Newman, University of Pittsburgh, on being selected to receive APS’s Einstein Prize, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 29, 2010.
“It’s very speculative…and this is one of the things that particle physicists do all the time.”
Helen Quinn, SLAC, after reading a recently published theory potentially solving the mystery of dark matter and missing anti-matter through a proposed “X particle,” MSNBC.com, December 3, 2010.
“It has our fingerprints all over it.”
Steven Chu, Department of Energy, on why ratios of different types of carbon dioxide gas indicate that global warming is caused by humans, The New York Times, December 6, 2010.
“If these new documents were relevant to the N.A.S.’s review why were they previously undisclosed and withheld?”
Rush Holt, House of Representatives, in a letter to the FBI director criticizing the handling of the anthrax investigations, The New York Times, December 9, 2010.
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