In the time it takes you to read this sentence, trillions of subatomic particles will have passed through your body. They're so tiny that they slip through without ever actually touching you. If you're lucky, at some point in your life, one of these particles might actually hit just one of the many, many atoms in your body ... maybe.
You may have heard these incredibly elusive particles — known as neutrinos — mentioned in both science fiction and the news over the past few decades. The quest to detect them and learn their secrets has actually been going on for over 80 years now, and with good reason. Not only does their nature hint at physics beyond the Standard Model, but they may help answer some of the fundamental questions about the universe — such as why is there so much more matter than antimatter, what drives stellar explosions and, by extension, why we have planets and even why we're here.
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From the first discoveries that ledRead More »from Neutrino Hunters: The fascinating story of the universe’s most elusive particle