Well, bad news on the science side of things. The LHC has had some mechanical failures and will be out of commission for at least two months according to a CNN article:
Large Hadron Collider down for 2 months
At this rate it looks like we'll get something for Christmas, either a Higgs particle, a new physics, or a just the end of the world. LOL.
See, if Congress hadn't canned the Superconducting Super Collider here in Texas, we probably would have figured all this science stuff out by now.
Here's a webcam of the LHC so you can watch what's currently going on if any are online.