Science: Tiny Secrets

Buried deep in a burrow and shielded by massive steel slabs, one of the newest gadgets at Long Island's Brookhaven National Laboratory is sighted in on the smallest and most mysterious components of the universe. In their massive spark chamber with its inch-thick aluminum plates, Brookhaven's atomic physicists hope to trap and study elusive particles that now are little more than factors in abstruse equations. With luck, they may even capture the elusive neutrino.

Trapping a neutrino will be no mean trick. For the little particle is so small that it has no mass at all; it carries no electric charge...

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