It cost $10 billion and took 16 years, but the Large Hadron Collider finally went into operation yesterday in Switzerland — and the world didn’t end after all. Scientists are hoping to figure out the nature of so-called “dark matter” as well as the Higgs boson — a hypothetical elementary particle that may explain the origin of mass. “We are on this planet and in this universe a short time,” wrote Michael Barnett, a physicist from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “The dreams of a lifetime are waiting, and hopefully not much longer.”
When you don’t have enough clues to bring your detective story to a close, you should expect that your educated guesses will all be wrong.
The idea that we’re happier at the beginning and end of our lives is really just a comforting myth.
The key to curbing sugar intake may lie in the gut rather than our tastebuds.
Based on product labeling claims, scientists hypothesized that green cleaners were less toxic. They were wrong.
Dominique Browning’s book, excerpted in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, will tell her story. Her story is more than just this, but it begins with this: she was the extremely […]