The singing neutrino Nobel laureate who nearly bombed Nevada

The Nevada desert was almost the site of a Hiroshima-level nuclear bombing. In the quest to prove that neutrinos — the smallest subatomic particles — existed, Frederick Reines and Clyde Cowan almost dropped a 20-kiloton bomb that would theoretically deliver a flux of neutrinos strong enough to be detected. However, they decided to conduct their experiment at a nuclear reactor instead after determining that there would be less noise when picking up a signal there.
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