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“It’s an ordeal for anyone who’s gone through it … . At the end of the day, I was exhausted. I got my first batch of candidates and I said, ‘Wow, for this I paid $85?’”
Neer Asherie, Yeshiva University, on online dating, The New York Times, December 17, 2014.
“Everybody including us would be shocked if we were actually to discover any significant differences. ... It would really revolutionize our thinking about how the universe behaves.”
Joel Fajans, University of California at Berkeley, on whether antimatter would fall up or down. PBS.org, November 19, 2014.
“I saw the title [and] I thought, ‘Oh, I predicted those—I wonder how it turned out? ... I looked up their numbers and I said, ‘Yeah, that looks a lot like what I predicted — great!”
Randy Lewis, York University, on predicting in 2009 the characteristics of two baryons discovered at CERN, CBC News.ca, November 19, 2014.
“I think that entering the field of science is really almost the best career [women] can have. And what’s the reason for it? There are two reasons. One, the work is very interesting and secondly, you’re judged by what you do and not what you look like, and I think that is a very important thing for women in science. The sad thing is that so few women choose it because there aren’t so many of us and they don’t like to be outnumbered by the men.”
Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT, after being named as a Medal of Freedom recipient, NPR, November 24, 2014.
“I did beat Watson, but it was not televised. It was something IBM set up. It was an actual Jeopardy! match so it was very life-like, but it was a demonstration that IBM set up a couple of years ago.”
Rush Holt, U.S. House of Representatives, on his trivia match with the IBM computer Watson, USA Today, November 25, 2014.
“In the old days, all of the knowledge was in a cathedral. … Now it’s here at CERN.”
Steve Goldfarb, CERN, The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2014.
“This team has shown how to passively cool structures by simply radiating heat into the cold darkness of space.”
Burton Richter, Stanford, on another team’s research into materials to passively cool buildings, CNN.com, December 4, 2014.
“Since the dawn of the 20th century, when scientists began exploring the inside of the atom, it has become increasingly clear that the brain is simply not designed to be comfortable with what goes on at that level.”
James Trefil, George Mason University, The Washington Post, December 5, 2014.
“Hopefully, the end will seem a lot less wacko when you read in my book the chapters ‘Tesseract’ and ‘Messaging the Past,’ and the technical notes on those chapters. The chapters ‘Singularities’ and ‘Into Gargantua’ may also be helpful.”
Kip Thorne, Caltech, on the ending of his movie Interstellar, NPR.org, December 17, 2014.
“You go into science because you want to make a discovery, you want to advance our understanding of the universe. … Not everyone gets to accomplish that. Stephen Hawking has.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, Slate, December 17, 2014.
“It’s extremely quiet out there… . The magnetic fields are constant, the flux of cosmic rays is constant.”
Donald Gurnett, The University of Iowa, on the readings from the Voyager 1 spacecraft, indicating it’s out of the solar system, Time Magazine, December 17, 2014.
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