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From: m.driussi@genie.geis.com
Subject: (urth) missing neutrinos
Date: Mon,  6 Jul 98 13:59:00 GMT

Damien Broderick,

I'm glad you mentioned the "missing neutrinos" belief!  This led to
scientific scenarios ranging from a black hole in the Sun (as the
ultimate source of the fusion) to a "dying sun"; and the science
fiction seems to have moved accordingly--Clarke's SONGS OF DISTANT
EARTH has the Solar System wiped out by a dying sun traceable to the
missing neutrinos, IIRC.  I think it is consciously used by Wolfe in
the Urth Cycle--a clever "science retro-fit" of Zothique/The Dying
Earth, using off-the-shelf items.

And recent news, "Neutrinos have mass!"  (Picture them in their itty
bitty little pews.)  Science marches on!


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