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    Quiet around here, everybody studying for finals or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchmeat View Post
    Quiet around here, everybody studying for finals or something?
    I think the main problem is that TransWarpDrive hasn't been here since Saturday. He usually has something to add to just about every current thread.

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    Obama appoints Nobel Prize-winning physicist to Department of Energy post.

    Appointing someone who actually knows something about the department they'll be managing? Goodness gracious, what a concept!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post
    Obama appoints Nobel Prize-winning physicist to Department of Energy post.

    Appointing someone who actually knows something about the department they'll be managing? Goodness gracious, what a concept!
    Indeed. But a theoretical physicist?! My word, it'd be one thing if it was an engineer, but a theoretical physicist from Berkley?! What in God's great finite universe is he supposed to bring to the job?! His research hasn't even been in energy, it's been in lasers and biophysics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody MacArthur Fett View Post
    My word, it'd be one thing if it was an engineer, but a theoretical physicist from Berkley?! What in God's great finite universe is he supposed to bring to the job?!
    A crowbar, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cody MacArthur Fett View Post
    My word, it'd be one thing if it was an engineer, but a theoretical physicist from Berkley?! What in God's great finite universe is he supposed to bring to the job?!
    A crowbar, of course.
    Nice try 'Chutes, but Freeman graduated from MIT, not Berkley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody MacArthur Fett View Post
    Indeed. But a theoretical physicist?! My word, it'd be one thing if it was an engineer, but a theoretical physicist from Berkley?! What in God's great finite universe is he supposed to bring to the job?! His research hasn't even been in energy, it's been in lasers and biophysics.
    Wasn't Chu involved in that Bio-X(?) program? A lot of scientists with different backgrounds working on major issues like climate change and alternative energy. Chu also had done stuff with biofuels and solar power.

    All this just to say that Chu isn't just a bench scientist -- he has experience in other areas including green tech and managing a disparate group of people. I'd guess this in part is what Obama likes about him for Energy.

    And how is a crowbar related to Berkley? Whoooooosh over my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck31003 View Post
    And how is a crowbar related to Berkley? Whoooooosh over my head.
    Well, it's not related to Berkley, but it is associated with a certain theoretical physicist...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by canuck31003 View Post
    And how is a crowbar related to Berkley? Whoooooosh over my head.
    Well, it's not related to Berkley, but it is associated with a certain theoretical physicist...
    The joke being that scientists from Berkley sit around trying to get grant money while scientists from MIT go out and fight alien invasions. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody MacArthur Fett View Post
    The joke being that scientists from Berkley sit around trying to get grant money while scientists from MIT go out and fight alien invasions. :P
    I happen to have a daughter who's a scientist from MIT, and I'm pretty sure they like themselves some grant money too. :P

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