Has the US of A become a nation of quitters, like the half-a-term Governor of Alaska? Apparently. "U.S. researchers will soon abandon their search for the most coveted particle in high-energy physics because of a lack of funding", reports Science magazine in an article picked up by Laurence Lewis of the Daily Kos.
Sadly, as Lewis points out, "we've been spending more on the war in Afghanistan just over every six hours than is needed to continue searching for the most coveted particle in high-energy physics. For a year. Does this sound like a nation looking toward the future, or a nation in decline?"