The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.


Dispatch From CERN: Which Higgs?

Feb 27, 2013

This week I'm at CERN (with co-blogger Stuart Kauffman), the high-energy physics laboratory where, last July, the Higgs particle was found. Yesterday, we heard from Sergio Bertolucci, CERN's director of research and scientific computing.

There is no question that a new particle was found, as reported last July. There are two kinds of particles, bosons and fermions; bosons are gregarious, and fermions, e.g. electrons, are more exclusive. The particle is a boson, probably of spin zero. (Spin is an intrinsic rotation particles have, usually compared to spinning tops, although it's not quite like that.) It could have spin two, but it seems improbable. So, it does look like the Higgs boson predicted to exist in the Standard Model (SMHB), although there is still no confirmation.

The Standard Model puts together current knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions. It's immensely successful, a triumph of human inventiveness, confirmed by many different experiments. We know the composition of matter, at least to the energies we can study it. The missing piece is the Higgs. The SMHB is the simplest possible version. But there are others, with more than one possible Higgs.

The particle found last July may, or may not, be the SMHB. If it is, it will be a disappointment to many. Any departure from the Standard Model is welcome, as there are many open questions in particle physics and cosmology that beg for more complexity. A complex Higgs, one of a bunch, would be new physics.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is now down, and will remain out of action until the spring of 2015. When it reopens, the collision energy should be twice as large and the mystery will be hopefully solved. It's a cliffhanger; but the payoff will be worth the wait.

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