On Easter Sunday beam began to circulate again in CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The world's highest energy particle accelerator resumed operation after a two year shutdown to modify its magnets so it can collide protons at twice the former energy. At half the energy, LHC "Run 1" discovered the Higgs boson; now scientists are excited to have a more powerful instrument to learn more about the Higgs boson and possibly see evidence of the Dark Matter in the universe (if it is due to a particle that can be produced in LHC proton collisions, of course).
In recent years, there has been movement towards a common, centralized set of standards across the United States which has led to the implementation of the Common Core in 43 states. The emphasis of the Common Core is on math and literacy, which left a need for a set of science standards as well. This led to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and together these standards are helping to shape modern education, while also spurring much debate over the goals and outcomes of education.
There are many festivals in Chicago this summer and fall, and many of them will involve food. A Taste of Latin America and The Chicago Hot Dog Fest just passed, and Chicago’s New Orleans Festival and festival de la Villita are coming up soon. The food at some of these festivals will be very spicy, and the food at other festivals will not be spicy.