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Astroparticle physics

A multi-messenger story

The IceCube detector is a super-sensitive tool with which astronomers hope to find the elusive neutrinos from cosmic γ-ray bursts. A search that, surprisingly, has come up empty handed prompts a rethink of the underlying theory.

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Hartmann, D. A multi-messenger story. Nature 475, 303–304 (2011).

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