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UW-Madison Proves Why Research Dollars Matter–Public Investment Important

July 13, 2018

From UW-Madison and the reason we need to encourage the use of research dollars. There will be news coming about Nobel winners–for a different science than the one in this post–coming from the UW-Madison, too.  The Nobel Committee was filming today on campus.  How cool is that?  Very proud of this institution! These are the reasons we can be proud of the taxes we pay.

The scientific question eluded researchers around the world for more than a century.

But one day last fall, a mile below sheets of ice at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, a detector pinged.

“In fact, it was pretty uninteresting,” UW-Madison physics professor Francis Halzen said of the day that sparked weeks of additional observation, months of analysis and the reporting of a major scientific discovery announced Thursday and to be published Friday in the journal Science.

Scientists have long sought to explain what propels high-energy particles, known as neutrinos, through the universe.

An international team of scientists led by Halzen and other researchers at UW-Madison identified a blazar — a technical term for a galaxy with a massive spinning black hole in its center — as the first known cosmic source for a neutrino detected Sept. 22, 2017. Their research found the blazar is four billion light-years away.

The discovery represents the latest astronomical breakthrough for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a National Science Foundation-supported endeavor led by UW-Madison.

One Comment
  1. Howard permalink
    July 14, 2018 4:47 PM

    I always support scientific research. I know that at some point this can lead to better lives for us. It’s like higher mathematics. Concepts that we average types cannot even begin to understand will some day have a valuable application in the real world.

    Our Republican “friends” seem to regard science and math and that sort of stuff as useless or even evil. Except for the part that makes their lives longer, or easier, or more pleasurable, (or richer) of course.

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