Scientists Send Message Using Only Neutrinos

Remember how Samuel Morse famously asked, "What hath God wrought?" with the first telegram? Well, this week, a group of scientists at the University of Rochester sent the first-ever message using a beam of neutrinos, and spelled out: "neutrinos".

Scientists at Fermilab shot billions of the near-massless particles at the speed of light underground, — through 238m of concrete, using one of the most powerful particle accelerators in the world. The tiny, confusing little suckers were translated into binary code and interpreted by MINERvA, a neutrino-detecting machine built specifically for the purpose.

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