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The UK is investing in a Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment—bring on the results

Neutrinos raise questions faster than they answer them, but in science that’s a good thing

By Philip Ball  

Wolfgang Pauli, who first proposed the existence of Neutrinos.

Neutrinos were always trouble. These elusive little fundamental particles were first proposed in 1930 by the physicist Wolfgang Pauli to explain where some of the energy and momentum went during the process of radioactive beta decay of atomic nuclei. The Italian Enrico Fermi took up the idea, and helped to coin the name, in a 1934 paper that got rejected by Nature as too speculative and was published in an Italian journal to such scant interest that Fermi became an…

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