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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.