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April 2008 (Volume 17, Number 4)

Members in the Media

“It’s even possible that there are extra dimensions where you don’t live, I’m afraid.”
Lisa Randall, Harvard University, on extra dimensions, Colbert Report, February 12, 2008

“You’ve got to know how to ask questions. You’ve got to be open minded. You’ve got to know things. You should teach it to others.’
Neil deGrasse Tyson, on what it takes to be an astrophysicist, Colbert Report, February 13, 2008

“Cloaking is just the tip of the iceberg. With transformation optics you can do many other tricks.”
Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, Washington Post, February 19, 2008

“There are a lot of materials that are very absorbing of light so that once the light gets in, very little is reflected. That is not the big issue. The big issue is persuading the light to go in there in the first place”
John Pendry, Imperial College London, on the new ultra-black material, Washington Post, February 19, 2008

“At first we obtained things that were like chewing gum. Not quite what we wanted.”
Ludwik Leibler, Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, on developing a type of rubber that heals itself, The New York Times, February 26, 2008

“We brought back some wines that we thought would be good, and we had a tasting.”
Dick Benjamin, on starting a wine business after bringing home wines from a shop in Washington DC, where he was attending an APS meeting, The Augusta Chronicle, January 21, 2008

“It’s very noninvasive. There’s nothing to be scared of. No blood test, just a breath test. If you go to the medical literature you will see tons of studies that correlate certain diseases with particular molecules found in the breath. One common example is nitrous oxide, which is associated with asthma.”
Jun Ye, JILA, on a breathalyzer test for various diseases, ABCNEWS.com, February 19, 2008

“The difference between milli and nano was a Nobel prize.”
Dennis Clougherty, University of Vermont, on the nanokelvin temperature needed to produce a Bose Einstein condensate, Burlington Free Press, February 16, 2008

“One of the reasons we look for planets is to find out if we’re not alone in the universe.”
Kem Cook, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on a recently discovered pair of planets, Contra Costa Times, February 15, 2008

“The beauty of this work is that if you have wind, or you have sonic waves, or you have vibrations,  that works for you. You do not need a very large force for that.”
Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Tech, on a nanotech fabric that generates power from motion, Associated Press, February 14, 2008

“The far side of the moon is the quietest place in the inner solar system in terms of radio waves. If we could get a radio telescope working there, the results could be very dramatic.”
Jack Burns, University of Colorado at Boulder, on plans for a radio telescope on the far side of the moon, Washington Post, February 24, 2008

“It’s a really interesting question, Why do animals beat their wings? One reason is, they don’t have wheels. They don’t have parts that rotate.”
Geoff Spedding, University of Southern California, on how bats fly, The New York Times, March 4, 2008

“It doesn’t seem like girls are losing interest in science and mathematics any more than they lose interest in other subjects.”
Jennifer Blue, Miami University, on a study of how girls’ interest in various subjects changes as they get older, LiveScience, March 7, 2008

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff

April 2008 (Volume 17, Number 4)

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April Meeting Features Fundamental Science and Societal Issues
Michigan High Schoolers Capture Nanobowl Trophy
Electron Beam Lithography Creates World's Tiniest Trophy
Workshop Will Demystify Running for Public Office
Free E‑Journal Access for Minority‑Serving Institutions
Workshop Emphasizes Systems Approach to Sustainable Energy
Conference Connects Physics Teacher Educators
APS Joins Call for Science Debate in 2008
Number of Physicists in Congress Jumps by Fifty Percent
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Physics Caption Contest Rules
Physics and Technology Forefronts
Inside the Beltway
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