Monday, June 22, 2009

Work Begins on Homestake Mine

Ground breaking occurred today on the Homestake Mine as the new underground mine to study neutrinos and other things.

Scientists, politicians and other officials gathered Monday for a groundbreaking of sorts at a lab 4,850 foot below the surface of an old gold mine that was once the site of Nobel Prize-winning physics research.

The site is ideal for experiments because its location is largely shielded from cosmic rays that could interfere with efforts to prove the existence of dark matter, which is thought to make up nearly a quarter of the mass of the universe.


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