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Pi, pie, pizza pie

March 3, 2016

People around the world celebrate Pi Day every 3.14—that’s March 14 to the mathematically disinclined. Pi, a mathematical constant, represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. 

Today, the Sanford Underground Research Facility, in partnership with the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center and the Lead Deadwood Arts Center, is hosting the first Lead Pi Day at the Visitor Center, 160 W. Main. The event features pies, pizza pies, and a pi discussion/activity. The social hour begins at 5 p.m.; the presentation is at 6 p.m.  

Underground robot competition

March 1, 2016

On the surface, 16 middle-school students eagerly awaited the start of the Robotics competition taking place on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab. 

“Are you ready?” asked Brianna Mount, research assistant professor of physics at BHSU, The students could see and hear the robots through a live internet connection. With a chorus of “Yes!” from the middle schoolers, the race was on. 

Majorana wins big with 'second string'

February 1, 2016

In football, a coach has to be pretty desperate to put in the second string. The Majorana Demonstrator does things a little differently. Its second string—or cryostat—likely is the best. 

“Our experiment design includes a prototype, followed by two cryostats,” said Adam Bradley, a postdoc with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who works on the Majorana Demonstrator project. “With each cryostat, we’ve learned what not to do or what to do better or how to be more efficient.”