26 July 2011 - light years of lead

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A Little Confused by Popular Science

I kind of wondered about that old story about a neutrino going through five light years of lead, so I scared up five light years of lead and tried it. Of course my lead block had a bit of a spin so it gravitationally collapsed into a bunch of compact objects instead of into one big black hole, but I went ahead and zapped some neutrinos through. Then it was a little hard to see anything on the other side, the detector was sort of noisy with all those gamma rays and fission products flying by, but statistically you know those neutrinos should have missed all the dense spots and whizzed right on through, just like they promised. Science is fun! After it cools off some I’ll try and see if an asteroid can go through the lead, ‘cause that should work too.

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