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The One That Got away

The One That Got away

The One That Got away The One That Got away

Last year’s physics Nobel could well have had an Indian’s name on it had not the government pulled the plug on the experiments that physicists were conducting two miles below earth at Kolar gold fields in Karnataka two decades ago.

The project to detect neutrinos—mysterious, chargeless, massless sub-atomic particles—was called off in 1990 because the Indian government was unwilling to shell out Rs 50 crore. But others kept pegging away at it, and a Japanese researcher (Masatoshi Koshiba) eventually went on to share the 2002 Nobel with two others.

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