10 Particle Detectors That Let Us See the Fabric of the Universe

All atoms are made up of subatomic particles. But not every particle spends its time locked into an atom. Some particles, like neutrinos, whiz around and through our oblivious bodies every day, while others are created when humans smash matter together at high speeds. To see these ultra-tiny particles, however, we… » 12/22/11 10:40am 12/22/11 10:40am

Giant ice caverns lead the hunt for exotic particles

This is a gigantic hole that's been melted into the South Pole. It's one of the 100 or so such vertical caves that have been punched into the Antarctic surface as part of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which is searching for tiny, almost massless particles known as neutrinos. This remarkable image reveals the… » 2/13/11 11:00am 2/13/11 11:00am