FROM Sean Gulick
New Dig May Solve What Killed the Dinosaurs Later this month, a new drilling rig will be set up in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won't be probing for oil. It'll be looking to understand one of the great events that have affected life on this planet. Photo: Thomas Vandenberghe The Chicxulub Crater was created when a very large asteroid hit the Earth some 66 million years ago. It's now underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Later this month, researchers from the US and the United Kingdom will be taking core samples of rock beneath the surface, hoping to learn more about the event that's thought to have killed off the dinosaurs. University of Texas geophysicist Sean Gulick is co-chief scientist for the project .
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.