April 8, 2011
As Lawmakers Battle Over Cuts, Physicists Try to Beat the Odds
Particle physics is all about probabilities. A handful of consistently unusual readings out of a hundred can count as a breakthrough finding.
So what are the odds that, after several years without any such major discoveries to report, the nation's largest particle accelerator suddenly has two, just as a budget-conscious Congress prepares to pull its plug?
In Washington, the week has been dominated by the threat of a possible shutdown of the federal government. The pressure has