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(BBC)   UK backs US plan to shoot beam of high energy subatomic particles at South Dakota   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 6
    More: Interesting, neutrinos, particles, Antiparticle, South Dakota, Particle Physics, British Universities, Fermilab, nuclear reactions  
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2014-02-16 03:45:05 PM
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I'm a neutrino physicist, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies, etc.

Context is key here - this is a big undertaking with lots of R&D, producing lots of Ph.D. students over many years who will enter the workforce with some critical-thinking and analysis chops, and will teach us something about the universe we live in, for about $1.5bn.

The F-35 is an airplane that will likely never see actual dog-fighting combat, is blowing up the Pentagon budget even more than normal, and is filling the pockets of defense contractors, who can then turn around and spend the money as campaign contributions for congresspeople who will in turn green-light more projects in the future. All for $400bn.
2014-02-16 02:39:33 PM
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jjorsett: Aquapope: Anybody think the Tea Party will go for funding for this?  The supercolliding superconductor in Texas was killed long before the Teabaggers even existed.  And this experiment is suppose to help us understand how the universe was created, which we already know because of this free book I found in a hotel room.  So this is a non-starter.

Being a member of the Tea Party movement and an engineer and an atheist, I say in the nicest possible way: take your infantile trolling to the politics tab where it belongs.


It is relevant. And the vast majority of the Tea Party is composed of the same old religious right nutjobs who hate science. Hate to break it to you, but that's who you're associating yourself with.
2014-02-16 01:40:31 PM
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ko_kyi: Aquapope: Anybody think the Tea Party will go for funding for this?  The supercolliding superconductor in Texas was killed long before the Teabaggers even existed.  And this experiment is suppose to help us understand how the universe was created, which we already know because of this free book I found in a hotel room.  So this is a non-starter.

Doesn't it get tiring to make every thread on FARK like this?


I don't know. I don't post, or even read, every thread.  But funding for a big research project is kind of on-topic in a thread about a big research project.
2014-02-17 10:57:34 AM
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ko_kyi: stuhayes2010: How do you make a beam if neutrinos?

I believe atomic decay can create neutrinos.  I'd like to know how the hell you build a detector for something that goes through miles of rock without interacting but will interact with the detector.


It's not that neutrinos don't interact, it's that they interact  very rarely.  So the trick is to make a very intense beam with trillions and trillions of neutrinos, and eventually some of them will interact inside the detector.  The rest just pass on through, and out the other side of the earth, out into space.

The neutrino beam is complicated, but it starts out as a beam of protons in the accelerator hitting a stationary target (usually graphite), which kicks out a lot of pions, which are then focused into a pion beam, and then the pions decay into muons and neutrinos. The muons are stopped in rock and the neutrinos keep going.
2014-02-16 04:38:51 PM
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jjorsett: Aquapope: Anybody think the Tea Party will go for funding for this?  The supercolliding superconductor in Texas was killed long before the Teabaggers even existed.  And this experiment is suppose to help us understand how the universe was created, which we already know because of this free book I found in a hotel room.  So this is a non-starter.

Being a member of the Tea Party movement and an engineer and an atheist, I say in the nicest possible way: take your infantile trolling to the politics tab where it belongs.


As an outside observer to your political process I have to agree that your Tea Party movement has been a driving force in dumbing-down your country.   Please hold them accountable for their anti-science views.  You're doing your party and your country no favours by letting that issue slide because they're on 'your' team.
2014-02-16 01:12:38 PM
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Anybody think the Tea Party will go for funding for this?  The supercolliding superconductor in Texas was killed long before the Teabaggers even existed.  And this experiment is suppose to help us understand how the universe was created, which we already know because of this free book I found in a hotel room.  So this is a non-starter.
 
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