“Neutrinos, they are very small.
They have no charge and have no mass
And do not interact at all.
The earth is just a silly ball
To them, through which they simply pass,
Like dustmaids down a drafty hall
Or photons through a sheet of glass.
They snub the most exquisite gas,
Ignore the most substantial wall,
Cold shoulder steel and sounding brass,
Insult the stallion in his stall,
And, scorning barriers of class,
Infiltrate you and me. Like tall
And painless guillotines they fall
Down through our heads into the grass.
At night, they enter at Nepal
And pierce the lover and his lass
From underneath the bed–you call
It wonderful; I call it crass.” –Cosmic Gall, by John Updike
Have you been enjoying the recent excitement over the report of faster-than-light neutrinos from the OPERA collaboration?
Was it awesome to learn how these new results are difficult to reconcile with the neutrinos observed from the famed supernova in 1987?
And to see what it takes to detect these mind-numbingly difficult-to-see neutrinos?
Well, are we fooling ourselves, or are we really seeing something travel faster than the speed of light?
Well, this Friday, September 30th at 7:00 PM Pacific time (10 PM Eastern / 9 PM Central), I’m going to be on KGW’s Live @ 7 news here in Portland, Oregon!
I’ll be talking with KGW news anchor Steph Stricklen about neutrino detection, the 1987 supernova, and what scientists are looking for as they go over the OPERA data. So tune in, and don’t miss your chance to participate in the live chat, too.
Science! On the news! With ME! Don’t miss it!