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Korea Makes a Bid to Catch Neutrinos From the Cosmos

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Science  06 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5352, pp. 802
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5352.802

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-- Physicists typically hunt for neutrinos--elusive, little understood subatomic particles--by placing their detectors underground to screen out background signals. But a group of Korean physicists has designed a new telescope, intended to catch neutrinos from the distant universe, that should filter out the noise so well that it can be built in a cheaper place--a hilltop. If a prototype proves the concept, the government appears likely to pony up the $10 million to $15 million required to build the telescope, called HANUL.