Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why Does the Keystone XL Decision Have To Be Yes or No?

This sounds like an absurd title, but what it means is that we are capable of negotiating that the pipeline only goes forward and is used if conditions are met that allay our worst fears and prevent environmental damage.  The … Continue reading

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Where Our Mass Comes From

Having begun the Age of the Higgs last year, which gives mass to all quarks and force particles except photons, we might expect that that is where most of our mass comes from. This is not the case, and we … Continue reading

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The Costs, Uses, Training, and Scientific Contributions of High Energy Physics

In giving talks about particle physics, I am usually asked what are the practical applications of particle physics.  I often think that the audience is aghast that someone would ask a pure theorist who works only for scientific knowledge, what … Continue reading

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We Move Further from a Real Democracy

I should have written several articles about this, but the issues have piled up.  There have of course been many excellent editorials and TV commentaries on each issue, so my addition wasn’t needed, although I still believe letters to congress … Continue reading

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