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Unique project reaches new depth

November 1, 2016

It’s a pattern that’s been repeated hundreds of times over four years during the Ross Shaft rehabilitation project: remove old steel and lacing, clean out decades of debris, add ground control, install new steel…and repeat. With every new set of steel, the crews working in the Ross Shaft inch closer to the finish line—the 5,000 Level. 

This week, crews installed set 255, reaching 4,268 feet. The shaft is 5,171 feet deep, leaving just over 900 feet to go. With the current schedule, the project is expected to be completed in September 2017.

Neutrinos: Spies of the sun

November 1, 2016

As a young man, Frank Strieder was fascinated with astrophysics, reading every book he could find and taking high-level courses in math and physics while in high school in Germany. One day in particular stands out. 

“My teacher said, ‘Ah, but neutrinos have never been measured from the sun.’ I said, ‘No, no, no. There’s an experiment by Ray Davis somewhere in the United States at an underground gold mine.’ And the teacher said, ‘No, that is not the case,’” said Strieder, a professor of physics at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SD Mines). 

Deep Talks looks at life underground

November 1, 2016

For more than 100 years, Homestake miners went deep to find gold. Today, scientists from around the world are going deep underground at Sanford Lab in search of microscopic organisims that could change life on the surface. 

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology biology professors and students are looking for ways to use microbes to convert solid waste into biofuels and bacteria into antibiotics. 

LUX: The end of an era

October 1, 2016

Five years ago, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment began its long journey to the Davis Cavern on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab. Results published in 2013 proved LUX to be the most sensitive dark matter experiment in the world. When LUX completed its 300-live-day run in May of this year, the world learned LUX was even more sensitive than previously determined.