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April 2012 (Volume 21, Number 4)

Members in the Media

“Their approach is extremely powerful… This is at least a 10-year effort to make very tiny electrical wires and combine them with the placement of a phosphorus atom exactly where they want them.”
Andreas Heinrich, I.B.M., on research by physicists at Purdue and the University of New South Wales making single atom transistors, The New York Times, February 19, 2012.

“I don’t think I met anyone who said I bet it’s going to be true. I think the people on the experiment worked as carefully as they could, and I think they ran out of ideas of what could be wrong and they decided to present it… Maybe they should have waited a few more months.”
Edward Blucher, University of Chicago, on OPERA’s announcement that the faster than light neutrinos might be the result of loose cables, MSNBC.com, February 23, 2012.

“The evidence is beginning to point towards the OPERA result being an artifact of the measurement,”
Sergio Bertolucci, CERN, on the report by the ICARUS experiment that they measured neutrinos going at the speed of light, Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2012.

“We’ve lost the motivation to make it (space) a priority… I think there’s always been some background activities going on. The space shuttle has been going on for several decades. But my criticism of that was that we were boldly going where hundreds have gone before. If you want to actually advance the space frontier, what you want to do is move that frontier out. Every time you do that, a whole new level of interest and curiosity is stimulated, spawned for having done so.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, CBSNews.com, February 27, 2012.

“This very much smells like the Higgs boson.”
Beate Heinemann, University of California, Berkeley, on data coming out of the Tevatron’s last run hinting at the Higgs boson, The New York Times, March 7, 2012.

“Unfortunately, this hint is not significant enough to conclude that the Higgs boson exists,”
Rob Roser, Fermilab on data coming out of the Tevatron’s last run hinting at the Higgs boson, Reuters, March 7, 2012.

“It would be a triumph of the theory to actually see that it happens.”
Gary Feldman, Harvard University, on physicists nearing the discovery of the Higgs Boson, The Chicago-Sun Times, March 7, 2012.

“We had this idea that you could use this kind of trick to probe the structure of molecules… At Kansas State, we don’t have the kind of laser that (OSU researchers) have.”
Chii-Dong Lin, Kansas State University, on using ultrafast lasers to snap an image of atoms inside a molecule, The Columbus Dispatch, March 8, 2012.

“At the heart of quantum mechanics is a rule that sometimes governs politicians or CEOs–as long as no one is watching, anything goes.”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, quoting from his recent book “A Universe from Nothing,” The Financial Times, March 9, 2012.

“Although challenges still remain, I am confident that we have put into place a clear pathway for the years ahead and strategies that will support Berkeley’s ongoing excellence and its impact on the world.”
Robert Birgeneau, University of California, Berkeley, on stepping down as chancellor of the school, The Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2012.

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Atlanta Hosts 2012 APS April Meeting
APS President Condemns Wave of Iranian Scientist Assassinations
Fukushima’s Legacy Debated
Free Benefit Brings the News Home to Members
March Meeting Session Highlights LGBT+ Issues for Physicists
Congressional Fellow Combines Research and Communication
Regional Fuel Storage Could Lessen Radiation Hazard
Uncertainty Looms Over Federal Science Spending
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