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July 2016 (Volume 25, Number 7)

Members in the Media

“The way transitions happen is like a flock of birds, a school of fish … There’s no one fish saying, ‘Hey, I want everyone to be about five inches away from someone else, and we’re going to have this shape.’”
Neil Johnson, University of Miami, New York Times, June 17, 2016, on the tracking of terrorists on social media.

“Today even consumer detergent bottles are designed with supercomputers … the Chinese are getting good at building these computers, and it’s a competitive issue now for U.S. industry and national security.”
Eric D. Isaacs, University of Chicago, New York Times, June 21, 2016, on the closing technology gap between the United States and China.

“I love chocolate and eat it quite frequently,” he said. “I will eat more chocolate once it has less fat.”
Rongjia Tao, Temple University, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2016, explaining his motivations for running chocolate through an electric field.

“We were convinced it was real, but if it was the only one, we thought that other people might have some doubts … Now we know that there are no doubts.”
Gabriela González, Louisiana State University, Los Angeles Times, June 13, 2016, on the second gravitational wave detected by LIGO.

"STEM education must now play the role of preparing our country for this new innovation-based economy or we will lose the American Dream for future generations."
S. James Gates, University of Maryland, Chicago Tribune, June 16, 2016.

“It’s far too early to jump up and down … [and] say the universe is messing with us."
Sean Carroll, Caltech, Christian Science Monitor, June 3, 2016, on the new research declaring a faster expansion rate of the universe.

"My goal is neither to be an alarmist, [n]or to sidetrack future human explorations in deep space. Instead, I hope to point out that prudence suggests that we better understand [solar superflares], their ramifications for future spaceflight, and what is needed to protect crews from them."
Lawrence Townsend, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, CBS News, May 24, 2016, on the risks associated with future Mars missions.

"It certainly isn't the first thing I would have written down if I were allowed to augment the standard model at will … Perhaps we are seeing our first glimpse into physics beyond the visible Universe."
Jesse Thaler, MIT, Tech Insider, May 26, 2016, on the evidence of a mysterious fifth force of nature.

"For the first time, we've been able to understand their language and understand what they're telling us."
Vassiliki Kalogera, Northwestern University, Tech Insider, June 15, 2016, on the new capabilities of gravitational wave detectors.

“It’s definitely not going to improve whether I get to meetings on time, [but] it could help change the way science itself works.”
Andrew Ludlow, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Washington Post, June 23, 2016, in discussing the building of the ytterbium atomic clock.

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NASA and ESA May Team Up to Measure Gravitational Waves
Members in the Media
APS Selects Editor in Chief
This Month in Physics History
Physicist Makes Thin Films for Tough Conditions
Education & Diversity Update
What Do You Do When A Senator Calls Your Research A Waste of Money?
Research News: Editors’ Choice
Washington Dispatch
2016 U.S. Physics Olympiad Team Gets Ready
Senate Introduces Science Research Legislation
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