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IceCube Telescope Finds High-Energy Neutrinos, Opens Up New Era in Astronomy

These are the precise results that IceCube was built for. “We are seeing these cosmic neutrinos for the first time,” said physicist Francis Halzen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, principal investigator of the IceCube collaboration. With these particles in hand, astronomers finally have a new window to the universe and may be able to figure out the details of mysterious processes that have so far eluded them. The findings appear today in a paper published in Science. IceCube is a giant neutrino-finding telescope buried in the cold darkness 1.5 kilometers beneath the surface in Antarctica. With that much frozen weight above it, the ice at this location gets smushed, driving out any air bubbles and making it perfectly clear.

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