IceCube science

To find some of the smallest things in the universe, scientists have to think big

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM September 8, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Pole has the most extreme weather conditions on Earth, but some scientists think it’s the best place to watch for neutrinos.

 

The South Pole has the most extreme weather conditions on Earth, but some scientists think it’s the best place to watch for neutrinos.

 

Francis Halzen/NSF

 

Francis Halzen has an unusual job. This scientist studies itsy bitsy, teeny tiny objects zipping through the universe. They’re called neutrinos.

 

His job should be easy because neutrinos are all around us, all the time. They pass from the depths of outer space to the depths of your sock drawer — and then just keep going. And don’...

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