FROM Gary Hinshaw
The Age of the Universe...Refined The universe is 13.73 billion years old. What happened during its first trillionth of a trillionth of a second? Astronomers are excited about new measurements of the oldest available light. A satellite launched in 2001 has provided new information about the origin of the universe, including its age and its earliest activity. Gary Hinshaw, an astrophysicist with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, is a team member of "W" Map program, or the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe .
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?