COL­LI­SION COURSE?

Down to Earth - - DEBATE - NABA K MON­DAL

Re­search on neu­tri­nos has come a long way. First pos­tu­lated by Swiss sci­en­tist Wolf­gang Pauli in 1930, neu­tri­nos are tiny and neu­tral el­e­men­tary par­ti­cles that are abun­dantly present ev­ery­where. Re­cent re­search has proved that these par­ti­cles have tiny masses, and this find­ing will have a pro­found im­pli­ca­tion on our un­der­stand­ing of the evo­lu­tion of our uni­verse. But the In­dia-based Neutrino Ob­ser­va­tory near Theni, Tamil Nadu, is mired in a con­tro­versy, as a court has stalled its con­struc­tion. Ac­tivists say the ob­ser­va­tory will have dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts on the lo­cal bio­sphere and peo­ple's health. speaks to var­i­ous ex­perts to bring grav­ity to the is­sue

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