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“It’s liquid down to absolute zero. You can pour it on M.R.I. magnets. It’ll cool those superconductive magnets down. There’s nothing else like it.”
Rush Holt (NJ-12th) U.S. House of Representatives, on helium, The New York Times, May 3, 2013.
If physicists have been successful at improving our understanding of finance, it is because they have approached problems in a novel way, using methodological insights that are commonplace in physics (and engineering) and that are useful in studying virtually anything.”
James Weatherall (CA-45th) University of California, Irvine, excerpted from his book The Physics of Wall Street, CBSNews.com, April 18, 2013.
Is that really nothing?… There’s no space and there’s no time. But what about physical laws, what about mathematical entities? What about consciousness? All the things that are non-spatial and non-temporal.”
Lawrence Krauss (AZ-9th) Arizona State University, on whether nothing is just the absence of something, NBCNews.com, March 24, 2013.
“What we are advocating is the need to establish nuclear and other essentially zero carbon options. We have to understand, what does it cost?”
Ernest Moniz (MA-7th) MIT, speaking to Washington’s World Affairs Council before being nominated as Energy Secretary, All Things Considered, March 4, 2013.
“As we work to ensure oversight on travel expenditures, we also should work to preserve the many benefits of appropriate travel, which can promote collaboration and innovation…As a scientist, I know firsthand how important scientific conferences and meetings are…The informal conversations, as well as the formal presentations and poster sessions that go into a conference among scientists from different institutions, lead to new collaborations that have the promise of new discoveries. These are not fancy junkets.”
Rush Holt (NJ-12th) House of Representatives, on impact of travel restrictions on federal scientists, The Washington Post, February 27, 2013.
“This is a different time… It makes sense to have a brain activity map now because the maturation of an array of nanotechnologies can be brought to bear on the problem.”
Michael Roukes (CA-27th) Caltech, on the announcement by President Obama of a new initiative to map the human brain, The New York Times, April 2, 2013.
“Our issue is that Europe and Asia are contemplating or have made $10 billion investments in particle physics…How we compete is a problem for us.”
Jim Siegrist (CA-13TH) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The New York Times, March 5, 2013.
“Clear evidence that the new particle is the Standard Model Higgs boson still would not complete our understanding of the universe…We still wouldn’t understand why gravity is so weak, and we would have the mysteries of dark matter to confront. But it is satisfying to come a step closer to validating a 48-year-old theory.”
Patty McBride (IL-14th) Fermilab, Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2013.
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