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May 2010 (Volume 19, Number 5)

Members in the Media

“This is a great step they’ve made… But there are a lot more steps to get to what you and most people imagine when you think of cloaking devices.”
David Schurig, North Carolina State University, on a meta-material made by a team of German physicists that can cloak objects in a wide range of wavelengths, MSNBC.com, March 18, 2010.

“No practical scenarios of an attack on the real power grid can be derived from such work.”
Reka Albert, Penn State, on an article in a Chinese science journal about the vulnerability of the US power grid, The New York Times, March 20, 2010.

“As you might imagine, waiting 20 years is a pretty nasty chore,”
Roy Weinstein, University of Houston, after receiving a patent for superconducting magnets he first applied for in 1990, The Houston Chronicle, March 25, 2010.

“You fund for a very short period of time–two years, three years -maximum–in hopes of opening up something big. So we are saying, swing for the fences.”
Steven Chu, Department of Energy, on funding energy research, Newsweek, March 26, 2010.

“He came in saying he was going to make decisions based on science. In this case, I think it was a political debt to Harry Reid.”
Thomas Cochran, Natural Resources Defense Council, on President Obama’s decision not to use Yucca Mountain to store nuclear waste, The Seattle Times, March 28, 2010.

“This is the end of the beginning…The real fun now will be making the physics measurements.”
Robert Cousins, UCLA, on the LHC’s record setting 7 TeV collisions, The Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2010.

“These magnetic fields could not have formed recently and would have to have formed in the primordial universe.”
Ruth Durrer, University of Geneva, on galactic magnetic fields, U.S. News and World Report, April 2, 2010.

“When you observe something in one state, one theory is it split the universe into two parts.”
Andrew Cleland, UC Santa Barbara, FoxNews.com, April 5 2010.

“I think they have an excellent convincing case for the first observation of element 117.”
Walter D. Loveland, Oregon State University, The New York Times, April 6, 2010.

“These pigeons know each other. They know which is the smartest. The fastest bird will even follow the slower one who knows the way home the best.”
Tamás Vicsek, Eötvös Loránd University, on how flocks of pigeons are able to efficiently navigate, U.S. News and World Report, April 8, 2010.

“We can go to regions we couldn’t reach or go to previously explored regions and study them for extended periods that are impossible with conventional planes.”
David Fahey, NOAA Aeronomy Lab, on the scientific uses for NASA’s remote controlled Global Hawk, CNN.com, April 9, 2010.

“On average, these weapons are 30 years old. One of our weapons just had its 40th birthday.”
Bruce Goodwin, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, on the current condition of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, UPI, April 11, 2010.

“In my opinion, NIF has nothing significant to do with the safety or reliability of the [nuclear] stockpile.”
Arjun Makhijani, the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 12, 2010.

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Editor: Alan Chodos

May 2010 (Volume 19, Number 5)

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Council Passes Addendum to Climate Change Statement
Council OKs Constitutional Amendment, and Approves Expansion at Ridge
Video Contest Reaches Out with Lasers
Researchers Pursue Advances in Electronics, Photonics
Laser Pioneer Turns 90
Lasers Are Creative Tools for Education, Outreach
The Dawn of the Demo: Demonstrations Are Changing Physics Outreach and Education
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
Physics History
Washington Dispatch
Education Corner
Profiles in Versatility
International News
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science