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[Science Daily] The Era of Neutrino Astronomy Has Begun

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Astrophysicists using a telescope embedded in Antarctic ice have succeeded in a quest to detect and record the mysterious phenomena known as cosmic neutrinos -- nearly massless particles that stream to Earth at the speed of light from outside our solar system, striking the surface in a burst of energy that can be as powerful as a baseball pitcher's fastball. Next, they hope to build on the early success of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory to detect the source of these high-energy particles, said Physics Professor Gregory Sullivan, who led the University of Maryland's 12-person team of contributors to the IceCube Collaboration.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131121142259.htm

Another interesting and useful way to view the universe
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Fantastic article. Hopefully the discoveries will lead to some great theories and inventions.
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Way to complex for me to understand - but since my father is hobby astronomy guy he will decrypt that for me.
Fingers crossed that these are good news smile.gif
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Imagine if they make an earth shattering discovery and publish something like "the majority of people get their cancer from getting struck by neutrinos"

The fallout would be amazing. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Syan48306 View Post

Imagine if they make an earth shattering discovery and publish something like "the majority of people get their cancer from getting struck by neutrinos"

Neutrinos have been so hard to detect because they rarely strike/interact with anything, and even when they do interact, they aren't ionizing. It would take something on the order of magnitude of six-trillion miles of lead to block half of the neutrinos passing through it. This is why they are so hard to detect.

They are highly unlikely to interact with you in any way, and even when they do would be extremely unlikely to cause cancer. Even with trillions of them passing through you every second, few ever touch you. And if if they could have some health impact, what would we do about it?
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great article!
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