“The bad news is [the measurements] don't show anything … . The good news is that [they] did a really good job of not showing anything."
Matt Strassler, Rutgers University, on the 750 GeV bump seen at the LHC, now eliminated after more analysis. livescience.com, August 11, 2016.

“It is a maxim in physics that most revolutionary observations are unlikely to survive further scrutiny. If this weren’t the case, then revolutionary developments would be so common that they would no longer be revolutionary,”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, on the 750 GeV bump. sciam.com, August 10, 2016.

"On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I believe in it," he said. "On other days, I think it could be anything,”
Michael Peskin, Stanford University, referring to the Standard Model of physics. livescience.com, August 11, 2016.

"At the highest point is where you feel pushed into the seat the least and there's the highest potential to kind of fly out of your seat."
Holger Meyer, Witchita State University, interviewed after the death of a rider at a waterslide. kwch.com, August 10, 2016.

“Swimming fast would be easy if it weren’t for one thing — the water. A lot of the swimmer’s energy goes into the kinetic energy of the water — what a waste!”
Louis Bloomfield, University of Virginia, on the summer Olympics. washingtonpost.com, August 5, 2016.

“I’m hoping this movie finds those girls and sends them to me at MIT,”
Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her comments refer to young women who see the remake of the movie Ghostbusters, which has an all-female cast. Boston Globe, July 27, 2016.

“I probably have a reputation that it’s difficult to work in my lab … [but] I’m able to work on that one important project all day every day.”
Jeff Steinhauer, Technion Institute, on working alone and being the sole author on papers. Nature, August 15, 2016.

“It's always heartening to see other disciplines belatedly joining the late 20th century … . And it's refreshing to see more experimentation in this space.”
arXiv.org founder Paul Ginsparg, Cornell University, on a new preprint server for chemistry. Science, August 11, 2016.

“It’s energy. It’s not carried by particles; it’s not carried by matter. We would like to know why there is the amount of it that there is. And that’s been measured. The surprising thing is that there isn’t an enormously bigger amount of energy. That’s really what’s surprising.”
Lisa Randall, Harvard University, on dark energy. cosmosmagazine.com, August 15, 2016.

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