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March 2011 (Volume 20, Number 3)

Members in the Media

“How are we going to feel if they find it at the LHC? The Tevatron had the capacity to give us complementary information.”
Lisa Randall, Harvard, on the hunt for the Higgs boson and the upcoming shutdown of the Tevatron, The New York Times, January 17, 2011.

“I always knew it would be a long shot to run three additional years.”
Robert Rosner, Fermilab, on the decision to shut down the Tevatron, The New York Times, January 17, 2011.

“All great accelerators have an end…Any disappointment at the closing of the Tevatron is tempered by my wonderful memories of my time at Fermilab, when the Tevatron was cranking out discoveries and it was the center of the high-energy physics world.”
Edward “Rocky” Kolb, University of Chicago, U.S. News and World Report, January 20, 2011.

“I think this is a very neat piece of work…but I think it’s important to see it as a piece of a big puzzle. Our mecca is to build a quantum computer that could have thousands of qubits; here we have only a few.”
Raymond Laflamme, University of Waterloo, on a new technique to develop quantum qbits, The New York Times, January 20, 2011.

“We’re hoping to start taking it underground (by) summer.”
Robert Svoboda, University of California, Davis, referring to detectors in the Homestake Mine that are searching for dark matter, The Columbus Dispatch, January 23, 2011.

“Neutrinos are really pretty strange particles when you get down to it…They’re almost nothing at all, because they have almost no mass and no electric charge...They’re just little wisps of almost nothing.”
John Conway, University of California, Davis, The PBS NewsHour, January 25, 2011.

“We are due. Forget Yogi Bear. Forget Old Faithful. It’s sitting on top of a sleeping giant.”
Michio Kaku, City College of New York, on the super-volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park, CNN, January 27, 2011.

“This work represents a quantum jump forward in the complexity and function of circuits built from the bottom up, and thus demonstrates that this bottom-up paradigm–which is distinct from the way commercial circuits are built today–can yield nanoprocessors and other integrated systems of the future.”
Charles Lieber, Harvard University, on making computer chips out of nanowires, BBCNews.com, February 10, 2011.

“I think the most remarkable thing about ice, in my opinion at least, is that it occurs in many, many, many different forms. Most solids occur in typically one or maybe two or three different forms, and ice has approximately 15 different crystal forms, as well as two forms that are called amorphous, which means without any shape at all.”
Eugene Stanley, Boston University, NPR, February 11, 2011.

“We want to have something that’s not changing, so that we can have a stable system of measurement.”
Peter J. Mohr, NIST, on why the international standard for the mass of a kilogram needs to be changed, The New York Times, February 12, 2011.

“A real monopole would be a magnetic charge that would exist in a vacuum…What they have is a complicated condensed matter system.”
Michael Bonitz, Universitaet Kiel, on recent research in magnetricity, U.S. News and World Report, February 14, 2011.

“Around a spinning black hole, space and time behave in such an odd way; space becomes time, time becomes space, and the whole space-time is actually dragged around the black hole, becomes twisted around the black hole.”
Bo Y. Thide, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, BBCNews.com, February 14, 2011.

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Strong Physics Lineup at Dallas March Meeting
New Access Policy Includes Full Reuse Rights
APS Releases Report on Energy-Critical Elements
Six Programs Get Outreach Mini-Grants
Science Funding on the Table as President, Congress Battle Over Budget
APS Launches Exchange Program with Brazil
President Will Mount Vigorous Defense of Science Funding, Says Advisor Holdren
APS Develops Mentor Training Guide
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