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The principal investigator of a neutrino detection project denies the risky reports of sensational tabloids, without ceasing to be surprising the scientists’ finding.

Various media and social media have recently released information that NASA allegedly discovered a parallel universe in Antarctica where time goes backwards. The truth is, however, that this interpretation of the facts does not correspond in any way with reality.

It all started when the respected New Scientist magazine published an article on April 8 that discussed some anomalous results of the neutrino detection experiments in Antarctica and what this could mean for a speculative cosmological model that postulates that there is an antimatter universe that would extend backwards since the Big Bang, reports Science Alert. Several media subsequently picked up the magazine report.

“It seems that for this tabloid scientific history of the press, a speculative physical theory remotely related to plausibility it was amplified for sensational reasons, “physicist Peter Gorham, experimental particle specialist at the University of Hawaii and principal investigator for the ANITA project, told Science Alert.

What was actually discovered?

Partially funded by NASA, the ANITA project uses a giant balloon that flies over the Antarctic continent, pointing its radio antennas towards the ground. Thus he detected some events of what appeared to be Earth traverses by high energy subatomic particles, known as neutrinos.

Neutrinos are ‘ghostly’ particles capable of penetrating everything practically without interacting with matter, and this makes detection extremely difficult. But in the event of being produced by powerful space objects, neutrinos can obtain such high energy that it intensifies their ability to interact with matter.

ANITA detects signs of secondary particle rains produced by high-energy neutrinos that collide with the ice cap from the frozen continent, and which are supposed to come from deep space. Oddly, newly detected neutrinos, according to measurements, come from the bowels of our planet, where they should have collided with something else before setting out on their journey through the geological layers.

Physicists involved in the project have tried to understand if these anomalies can be explained with standard model physics, or if they have something to do with the setup of the experiment, or if something truly rare has been going on.

“Once we have exhausted all possible explanations within the standard model of physics, only then time to consider other ideas that exceed those limits. We’re not really there yet, and certainly not at the point where parallel universes are needed, “Gorham said.

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