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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?