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Japan Hopes Casings Will Do the Trick

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1815
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5561.1815a

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TOKYO-- Since the devastating 12 November 2001 accident that shut down the $100 million Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory, scientists there have been searching for a fail-safe strategy to prevent a recurrence--and get them back to work. Now they think they have one: a protective casing for each of the thousands of tubes that help them spot the elusive neutrinos. But they still need government funding for the repairs.