Why I Love Neutrinos

Did you know that as you read this, billions upon billions of tiny little particles are zipping right through your body? These little particles zip around at close to the speed of light, have very little rest mass, and rarely, if ever, interact with normal matter. They are so small that they can pass right through the empty space that surrounds any given atom. They originate from the sun, travel here, and continue, as if the earth were never there. Where do they go? Perhaps on grand adventures. rocket They can travel for long distances. If we were traveling that fast, 50 light years would seemingly appear to be only one light year. They can live for a long time. If we were traveling that fast, a journey of 50 light years would only age us one year. They are so tiny that if they were ever to interact with our bodies as they zip through, we would never be able to feel it. run How do we know they are there? We've measured them. Far below the earth sit huge tanks of cleaning fluid. Occasionally, one of these tiny little guys hits an atom, and it changes the chemical composition of the fluid slightly and produces a flash of light star. We can detect about eight per month, though in theory it's supposed to be three times that amount. What are these little, enigmatic particles? They are neutrinos. They are my favorite particle of all time. Just ask me why, and I'll tell you: "What other particle originates in the sun, travels through your body, and exits through the earth as if it were never there?" This is why I love neutrinos. Of course, that fact that I'm a Physics major who plans on becoming an astronomer may have NOTHING to do with it...but you know, it could be the fact that they are dang cool, too. biggrin

scientist You might be a physicist if...

starYou refer to your weight as "rest mass"
starYou name things after elementary particles
starYou regularly make cracks about things reaching relatavisitc speeds
starYou rip on movies that disobey or abuse the laws of physics
starYou didn't even realize there WAS a Humanities building, much less ever been there...
starYou can't figure out why anyone would consider social sciences a worthwhile endeavor
starYour dog's name is "Dog" and your cat's name is "Cat"
starYou refer to the brake on your car as the "slower-downer"
starSymmetry is an obessession, not just a passion
starYou give everything you own pointless acronyms
starYou love to strip electrons off stairs and subsequently ground them
starYou see no difference between an orgasm and an intense dicussion of string theory
starYou think M-theory is BETTER than sex
starYou can see the fourth spatial dimension
starYou think "drag" is air friction
starYou can conduct highly precise experiments and calculate complex differential equations yet still have difficulty matching your clothes
starYou can think of at least three quantities for any given symbol

...Umm, yeah, I'm terrible at these things, but maybe I'll think of more.

Ten Reasons Why I love the Japanese (though my soul belongs to Russia):
10. Akira is possibly one of the finest movies ever made.
9. Spike Spiegal makes me sweat drool
8. Isao Tomita: he does the best rendition of Mussorgsky ever! I would call him, spacey new-age [here is his ufo this is he (perhaps) martiansmile this is his planet planet and, uhhh...Full Moon! fullmoon]
7. Kikaider: they can make an animated robot look attractive--wow, now THAT is skill wow
6. Iron Chef: love the yellow pepper at the beginning, the live orchestra and the way they always begin with, "If memory serves me right..."
5. One of my favorite Simpsons episodes: "I know nothing...I am product of American education system..."
4. Japanese game shows: chopsticks, ping-pong balls, 'nuff said
3. Samurai Jack: good story, animation, plus, he's not bad-looking winkeye
2. Inu Yasha: see #3, plus, it's addicting
1. Yatta! Yatta! Yatta!: Anyone got a fig leaf? Oh! Here comes Lovey-Dovey with one now peacedove (see my list of websites)

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