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Neutrino scare

Print edition : March 06, 2015

Preliminary work under way for the proposed neutrino observatory at Pottipuram in the Bodi hills on January 12. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

MDMK general secretary Vaiko addressing a public meeting in Bodi on February 4. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

In this 2005 photograph provided by CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, technicians check the magnets that will direct protons towards the target for the CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso project in Geneva. The project team fired a neutrino beam 730 kilometres underground from Geneva to Italy. They found it traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than light. That's 60 billionth of a second, a time no human brain can register. Photo: AP

India’s neutrino project, slated to come up in Bodi hills in Tamil Nadu, once again runs aground, this time following a petition filed by MDMK leader Vaiko, who has raised the spectre of the unknown dangers of “artificial neutrinos” and “factory-produced neutrinos”.
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