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Lasers & Sources

Energy Secretary Chu serves under a microscope

As a physicist, Steven Chu has seen atoms suspended in a powerful laser beam and DNA stretched out in a vacuum chamber.

But in his new job as energy secretary, Dr. Chu is observing phenomena he never saw in the science laboratory. For a slight, soft-spoken Nobel laureate, Washington has been an initiation that he has likened to being "dumped in the deep end of the pool."

Full story from the New York Times.