Mystery of the lightening bolt neutrons

Ars Technica reports on one of the many little mysteries that keep physicists up at night.

Why do lightening strikes produce low energy free neutrons?

One explanation was related to cosmic rays, another to gamma rays produced by the bolt.

Neither explanation matches the data Russian scientists recently recorded.

As the article opines, this is not likely to be the harbinger of a revolution in physics, but reminds us that the more we seem to know about the universe, the more we find we don’t yet know.

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Posted on March 31, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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