Beginning in just a few days, physicists working at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland will start commissioning the largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built -- the Large Hadron Collider or LHC.
I imagine an international physics symposium must be rather like Lord of the Flies, only very clean and with laptops and accents. Here's something no one in a white coat will say outright, "Of course we didn't really find anything." But they didn't. They can't.
As our nation's leadership in scientific and technological innovation is challenged as never before, federal funding of basic scientific research remains essential, but that research should be potentially transformational.
Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory claimed to have overcome the precepts of relativity and quantum mechanics. Wouldn't it be nice if Shel Silverstein were around to write a song about our metaphysical mess?