Astronomers have proposed a truly enormous telescope consisting of 200,000 radio receivers around the world, which added together would cover an area the size of Nebraska. They hope to spot incredibly energetic but difficult to detect neutrinos coming from distant astrophysical sources.
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Scientists just made a huge announcement: Telescopes around the world recorded a source of mysterious, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, the highest-energy particles that hit the Earth. It all started with a text message.
"I don't know!" is among the most scientific phrases you can utter. "I don't know" is the reason you do science, after all. "I don't know" means more funding, more jobs, more mysteries, and ultimately, more "now I know"s. Astronomers have now uncovered an "I don't know" that might become an important tool to study even more "I don't know"s.