FROM Dennis Overbye
'God Particle' Stays Tantalizingly out of Reach The theory called " particle physics " says the universe is a vacuum full of particles, including protons and electrons. The big mystery is why the particles have mass. The search for the so-called "God Particle" has led to "the biggest manhunt in the history of physics," with two competing groups composed of thousands of scientists each. They've been sifting data from the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva. This morning, thousands of other scientists around the world were waiting for word of what they've been able to find, according to Dennis Overbye, who writes about science for the New York Times .
Americans' Nobel in Physics Is Big Boost for Big Bang Theory Nobel Prizes for Chemistry , Medicine and Physics were awarded this week. The Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to two astronomers whose work confirms the origin of the universe 14 billion years ago. George Smoot of UC Berkeley and John Mather of NASA worked with a team of some thousand scientists to uncover new evidence supporting the Big Bang theory.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.