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Russian Scientists Sink Giant Deepwater Neutrino Telescope Into World’s Largest Freshwater Lake

by Elizabeth Gamillo/Smithsonianmag.com

To study the universe’s engimas, researchers plunged the world’s largest underwater telescope into the depths of Siberia’s Lake Baikal on March 13. The spherical telescope, called the Baikal-Gigaton Volume Detector, is designed to detect and observe the elusive neutrinos, the Agence France-Presse reported.

Neutrinos are the smallest, most abundant particles within the universe and could be the reason matter exists at all. The ghost particles are so plentiful that trillions of them pass through the human body every second. The particles are incredibly hard to capture because they travel almost at the speed of light. Although abundant, neutrinos are not absorbed by matter or deflected by magnetic fields. They only interact with gravity and “weak force,” which, in particle physics, is a term used to describe the interaction responsible for subatomic particle decay.

Although similar to electrons, neutrinos do not carry an electric charge and have almost no mass. Because neutrinos are neutral and hardly interact with anything, they are challenging to detect—but not impossible…….Read More:

 

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  1. We have the neutrino detectors in my region, in the mountains. Located almost 500 meters deep under the rock.

  2. Given the rate of discovery of ever smaller things, it is highly doubtful neutrinos are the smallest or even the ones which affect us the most, even emotionally in a predictable and synchronized fashion. Human thoughts are on a schedule, and that schedule has been known for millenia. The next big advance we will have, is determining how that is even a thing.
    Science is repulsed by the idea, that the day a person is born has any importance or meaning, and yet, there is not one delivery room without a clock and all heads turn to see, when the baby emerges, and it is written and recorded with great emotional import. Instinctively. We just haven’t been using the right clocks, and our detection technology is hidden by patents. Coveted, and kept, and covered with drool.

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