Which is great, because I understand we have LOTS of neutrinos here ….

The University of Minnesota and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory plan to break ground south of International Falls today on a multimillion-dollar project designed to help understand the universe.

The NuMI Off-Axis Electron Neutrino Appearance Experiment (NOvA) will be the Northland’s second detector studying subatomic particles being shot through the earth from near Chicago. Learning more about the mysterious particles, called neutrinos, will help scientists better understand how the universe formed and how it will develop.

More details.

This is very interesting work. And the Soudan Mines is a very interesting visit, if you are ever in the area. But wear a jacket, it gets cold down there.

Comments

  1. #1 Markk
    May 4, 2009

    Sure undermining Wisconsin with Neutrino Beams. I knew those Illinois and Minnesota folks would start after us sooner or later. Your first try wasn’t enough so more power in the beams!

  2. #2 Ian
    May 5, 2009

    These are neu trinos, Greg. They’re not like the old trinos that you learned of in school…!

  3. #3 Dave Gill
    May 5, 2009

    Actually, Minnesota is a great place for the detector. In Michelle Bachmann, you might have the only substance in nature dense enough to slow down or stop neutrinos.

  4. #4 Melodee Patterson
    May 5, 2009

    I took the detector tour at the Soudan Mine a couple of years ago – it was amazing! I must agree with markk, though. Is Wisconsin getting paid for neutrino beam right of way?

  5. #5 highschoolphysics
    May 5, 2009

    This is good news for the North American science community. It seems as though Europe has outshined us lately when it comes to particle physics.

  6. #6 highschoolphysics
    May 5, 2009

    This is good news for the North American science community. It seems as though Europe has outshined us lately when it comes to particle physics.

  7. #7 NewEnglandBob
    May 5, 2009

    Are you sure those neutrinos won’t freeze every winter?

  8. #8 NoAstronomer
    May 5, 2009

    …I understand we have LOTS of neutrinos here.

    How do you know that? Are you saying you already *have* a neutrino detector?

  9. #9 Curtis Forrester
    May 6, 2009

    What’s next? A detector for “frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads”? Sheesh :)

  10. Whats going on here, well I will tell you what’s going on(The Neutrino Report) and in light of that, get that neutrino research building built asp.!
    http://store.payloadz.com/str-asp-i.258200-n.The_Neutrino_Report_April_09_eBooks_Science-end-detail.html

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