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IceCube is a cubic kilometer of ice burried under 1400 meters of the snow to remove interference - Courtesy NSF
A new experiment in Antarctica may reveal the answers to the most consuming question in physics today

PhysOrg is reporting about an ambitious new neutrino detector experiment near the South Pole.  By positioning sensors along a 1 cubic kilometer patch of ice buried below the Antarctic ice flows, NSF researchers anticipate detecting high energy neutrinos as they collide with atoms in the ice flow. 

High energy neutrinos are sub atomic particles.  Scientists are interested in cosmic neutrinos -- remnants of galactic explosions and other phenomena.  Typically, high energy neutrinos pass through the Earth without colliding with a single particle.  IceCube and other various neutrino detectors attempt to spot a neutrino as it collides with water molecules in the ice.  Only a few high energy neutrinos have been spotted in all detectors to date, but scientists find these collisions extremely useful because particle accelerators cannot propel neutrinos to speeds found naturally with these high energy neutrinos. 

The collisions of particles found in IceCube will be studied to see if they support or disprove string theory.  String theory is a proposed Theory of Everything -- a way to describe all physical phenomena in one concise set of laws.  In a nutshell, string theory claims that the universe is not made up of small particles, but rather small strings that vibrate.  The vibrations of these strings compose all physical matter and forces of the universe. 



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RE: This is interesting...
By ohnnyj on 1/28/2006 7:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
I've always wondered, the Physicists who believe in string theory cannot see the strings yet they believe they are there. People who believe in God cannot see God but they believe he is there.


RE: This is interesting...
By konekobot on 1/28/2006 8:37:01 PM , Rating: 3
ok, so besides pointing out that all of the ontological arguements were disproven... i'll just say that the "faith" in religion and the "speculation" of science are in no way similar.

when people have to logically explain their belief in god (and logic really doesn't play well with religion) it comes down to arbitrary statements like "i feel it-- inside". it's just not a good idea to compare the two since they are driven by different ideologies.

for instance, if these scientists "believed" in string theory the same way christians "believe" in god, then there would be no reason to test it. it would be true because... it just is... or because "they feel it, you know? they feel 'inside', deep down". in science you don't really believe 100% in any explanation... you just believe it [hypothesis, theory, explanations] is most likely correct according to the results of scientific method or until it is replaced by a better theory/hypothesis/etc. i'm not even sure why "theory" is used in string theory. i don't remember it being supported by any hard evidence-- just inferred logic.

if religion were like science... i won't go there. afterall, christians are all sensitive and touch-feely about that stuff.


RE: This is interesting...
By judasmachine on 1/28/2006 10:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. Well said.


RE: This is interesting...
By mike61255 on 1/29/2006 1:21:20 PM , Rating: 3
It annoys me, this kind of arrogant pseudo-scientific talk. It is not scientific at all. You cannot prove the existence of God through experiment. To suggest you could, would suggest that you can control God, which is stupid.

On the other hand, you cannot prove the non-existence of God. The only way someone can logically be anything other than an agnostic is if God has in some way revealed himself to them.

It is totally unscientific to deride someone else’s faith, just because you have not accepted any revelation from God yourself.


RE: This is interesting...
By Project51 on 1/29/2006 10:43:56 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the answer you're looking for is 47


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