FROM Lisa Randall
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Dark matter. It’s stuff that scientists say is all around us, but we can’t see it or touch it or smell it. It doesn’t show up on any of our scientific instruments, but it makes up about 85 percent of stuff in the universe. And when dinosaurs went extinct, could dark matter have played a role in their disappearance?
The Higgs Boson Wins Physicists the Nobel Prize Scottish physicist Peter Higgs says he’s sorry the Higgs boson was ever called the “God Particle.” He’s an atheist. But the term helps the rest of us understand just how important the Higgs boson is to understanding how the universe works the way it does—in fact, how it is that we all exist. The Higgs boson is a particle that was finally discovered last year by the multi-billion dollar Hadron Collider on the border of France and Switzerland. 1500 Higgs bosons were found in the debris of some 2000 trillion collisions of larger particles. Peter Higgs shared yesterday’s Nobel Prize with Francois Englert for having theorized that there must be such a thing back in 1964. Lisa Randall is Professor of Physics at Harvard and author of Higgs Discovery : The Power of Empty Space and Knocking on Heaven’s Door : How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.