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(Forbes)   A failed nucleon decay experiment accidentally invented neutrino astronomy, becoming a neutrino detector experiment. And so they renamed KamiokaNDE to... KamiokaNDE?   ( forbes.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
KamehameHAAAAAAA
 
5 days ago  
I really cannot keep track of all these various Linux window managers and the projects forked off from them.
 
5 days ago  
Friends don't let friends click Forbes "science" links.
 
5 days ago  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Friends don't let friends click Forbes "science" links.


Okay, I've been silent on this for a while.  Is there a better source for this article?  It's well written and informative.  If it were a mere re-link I'd get the hate, but what am I missing?
 
5 days ago  

Keyser_Soze_Death: Friends don't let friends click Forbes "science" links.


I thought this one was pretty good.

It's interesting that this part is similar to where we are with dark matter today. He calculates that *something* is there, but unobserved. We only know it from the behavior of everything else.

In 1930, Wolfgang Pauli proposed a new particle that could solve the problem: the neutrino. This small, neutral particle could carry both energy and momentum, but would be extremely difficult to detect. It wouldn't absorb or emit light, and would only interact with atomic nuclei extremely rarely.

Upon its proposal, rather than confident and elated, Pauli felt ashamed. "I have done a terrible thing, I have postulated a particle that cannot be detected,"...
 
5 days ago  

asymptonic: Keyser_Soze_Death: Friends don't let friends click Forbes "science" links.

Okay, I've been silent on this for a while.  Is there a better source for this article?  It's well written and informative.  If it were a mere re-link I'd get the hate, but what am I missing?


Forbes links long ago wore out their welcome. They know what they did.
 
5 days ago  
By 1987, the detector had been running for years, without a single instance of proton decay. With around 1033 protons in that tank, this null result completely eliminated the most popular model among Grand Unified Theories. The proton, as far as we could tell, doesn't decay. KamiokaNDE's main objective was a failure.

So by proving protons don't decay and changing our understanding of physics, it failed?
 
5 days ago  
I accidentally sat on someone else's balls because Forbes.
 
5 days ago  

Baron Harkonnen: So by proving protons don't decay and changing our understanding of physics, it failed?


It failed to confirm the hypotheses it was designed to test.

You knew that.
 
5 days ago  

jaytkay: Baron Harkonnen: So by proving protons don't decay and changing our understanding of physics, it failed?

It failed to confirm the hypotheses it was designed to test.

You knew that.


That's a useful result.
 
5 days ago  

DoctorWhat: That's a useful result.


Yes. Because it failed to confirm the hypotheses it was designed to test. As told in the article.

Getting defensive about it is inserting emotion into a plain story about scientific investigation.
 
5 days ago  

jaytkay: DoctorWhat: That's a useful result.

Yes. Because it failed to confirm the hypotheses it was designed to test. As told in the article.

Getting defensive about it is inserting emotion into a plain story about scientific investigation.


Welcome to Fark.com? ;-)
 
5 days ago  

Baron Harkonnen: By 1987, the detector had been running for years, without a single instance of proton decay. With around 1033 protons in that tank, this null result completely eliminated the most popular model among Grand Unified Theories. The proton, as far as we could tell, doesn't decay. KamiokaNDE's main objective was a failure.

So by proving protons don't decay and changing our understanding of physics, it failed?


I agree, we need to get away from believing experiments fail when they don't prove the existing hypothesis. By all means repeat the test to ensure it wasn't a fluke but the failure wasn't in the test it was in our working theory. Sometimes a negative result is just as important as a positive result.
 
4 days ago  
What the Super Kamiokande detector looks like from inside, FWIW:

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What Big Red, the mascot of the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers looks like:

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Draw your own conclusions.
 
4 days ago  
TetsuoNDE!
 
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