"[It] really is the only option."
Mark Boslough, Sandia National Laboratory, on using a nuclear weapon to deflect an incoming doomsday asteroid, NBCNews.com, October 16, 2013.

"When you've got the weapons labs sort of pushing for this in the various countries, it starts to make me feel a little uneasy…Which doesn't mean it's not a legitimate thing to do, but you want to know it's being done for legitimate reasons."
David Wright, the Union of Concerned Scientists, on making sure research into deflecting asteroids with nuclear weapons isn't just a "jobs program" for weapons scientists, NBCNews.com, October 16, 2013.

"Our experiments are completely shut down, we can't do any experimenting right now. On the other hand, part of our work is thinking about the experiments and analyzing things, so we can work from home. They can stop us from being in a lab, but they can't stop us from thinking."
David Wineland
, NIST, on being furloughed during the government shutdown,
USAToday.com, October 14, 2013.

"You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood…There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend."
Sameet Sreenivasan, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, on developing an algorithm to determine the most creative period of Hollywood, CBSNews.com, October 14, 2013.

"[Iran's nuclear industry investments,] often made in secret and dominated by black market purchases, have not been consistent with a strictly peaceful nuclear program."
David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, The Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2013.

"Faced with a choice between their rulebook and an evenhanded judgment, the Swedes chose the rulebook…Not a graceful concession by any means, but that department has never been my strong suit."
Carl Hagen, University of Rochester, on not winning the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Peter Higgs and François Englert, The Washington Post, October 8, 2013.

"That will open promising territory into new physics." Sergio Bertolucci, CERN, on the upgrades to the LHC, Reuters, October 8, 2013."I've just been totally flabbergasted at the number of responses."
Jonathan Mizrahi, Sandia National Laboratories, on the interest in his blog post about the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year, FoxNews.com, October 7, 2013.

"The computer algorithms that are used heavily for trading are designed to go in and look for certain types of opportunities, certain behaviors or patterns in the prices. And if prices are being quoted down on the millisecond scale, which they are, a millisecond is a long time for a machine. A machine can make many, many computations on that scale and decide on a strategy and jump in and do something."
Neil Johnson, University of Miami, CBSNews.com. September 30, 2013.

"The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."
Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University, comparing his research making "light molecules" to the light sabers seen in Star Wars, CNN.com, September 26, 2013.

"Sound recordings give us this magnificent window into the breadth of human endeavors."
Carl Haber, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on receiving a MacArthur Foundation award for decoding very old sound recordings, The Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2013.

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Staff Science Writer: Michael Lucibella

November 2013 (Volume 22, Number 10)

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Shutdown is Symptom of Larger Science Funding Woes
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Incarcerated Iranian, Russian Activist Share APS Sakharov Prize
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