The century-old Abe Lincoln statue sits atop Bascom Hill and looks toward Library Mall, which seamlessly connects campus and the city. Photo by Payton Archambault.
Since cosmic rays were discovered in 1912, scientists have sought the origins of these mysterious particles. A flash of blue light in the ice deep beneath the South Pole set researchers on a path to resolving this century-old riddle.
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