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DIY Subatomic Particle Detector

Here's a simple way to reveal the never ending stream of subatomic particles that's passing invisibly before our eyes.
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By Greg Kestin

Right now, the smallest particles in the universe are shooting, not only in front of you, but also through you. Here’s how to reveal them at home with alcohol, a jar, dry ice, and a sponge.

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