That Time Stephen Hawking Hoped the Large Hadron Collider Would Make a Black Hole newsusface

“I hope you’ll make black holes,” Stephen said with a broad smile. We exited the cargo lift that had taken us underground into the five-story cavern housing the ATLAS experiment at the CERN lab, the legendary European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva. CERN’s director general, Rolf Heuer, shuffled his feet uneasily. This was 2009, … Read more

E. Jean Carroll Gets Her Day in Court Against Trump. Women Will Be Watching newsusface

It’s “just” a civil case, no felonies for undermining democracy, but the trial centered on former Elle magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll suing Donald Trump for battery is scheduled to begin on April 25. The charge of battery includes any unwanted assault or touching. The trial should be a doozy with head-turning implications for … Read more

Biden’s DACA Health Insurance Giveaway Won’t Solve the Real Problem: DACA newsusface

San Diego, CA — When I think of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—and what inspired the program more than a decade ago, namely the sketchy legal status of Dreamers (undocumented young people who came to the United States as children)—my mind goes to seesaws. DACA participants get a renewable two-year visa that lets them … Read more

It’s Not Sexist or Ageist to Want Your Senator in the Senate

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) hasn’t been in the Senate since February. Sick with a shingles infection, she was hospitalized in early March, then returned to her home in San Francisco to recuperate. Feinstein “remain[s] committed to the job,” she said in a statement Wednesday. But commitment doesn’t confirm judges, and Feinstein’s absence has stalled President … Read more