|MadSci Network: Physics|
Dear Dave, What you heard, I read in Thursday's local newspaper. WOW! apparently it was postulated that some form of "dark mass" was out there but what it was was uknown. The neutrino detector in Japan was buiried deep enough to not pick up interferience from other particles. Since the neutrino is so small it can pass through anything with out much if any impedance. The fact that we have been able to indirectly measure the mass of a neutrino, which is reportedly 1/10,000 the mass of an electron which is 1/186,000 times the mass of a proton, is pretty spectacular. What this means is that our basic understanding of matter must be modified. What Rutherford, Einstein and first Bohr, among others, postulated was only partly correct. Two of the scientists involved in the project are Robert Svoboda of L.S.U. and Jordan Goodman of University of Maryland. You could try their web pages for more information. Scientific American will likely have some information. Good luck in your search. Robert L. Judge
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