Stories about ghostly neutrinos, the quirks of working in a cleanroom and building a dark matter detector in an underground science facility. For video scripts, scroll to bottom. Bylines prior to September 2022 are under Erin Lorraine Broberg.
Majorana Demonstrator finds ‘tantalizing’ new purpose
Scientists are using a detector originally designed to study neutrinos to pin down an elusive nuclear physics measurement.
Think like a computer
A pilot program, designed in part by educators at Sanford Underground Research Facility, is introducing computational thinking into elementary school curricula.
Researchers evaluate SURF extremophiles in effort to trap carbon dioxide deep underground
South Dakota Mines researchers study microbial acceleration of carbon mineralization with extremophiles found at SURF
To advance geothermal systems, EGS Collab maps the hidden fractures behind a wall of rock
Through core evaluation and wireline geophysical logs, researchers map the unseen rifts and fractures hidden within the rock
Researchers taking inventory of the Universe have found too much and too little
After an unexpected tally of lithium in space, researchers try to pinpoint where cosmological estimates may have gone awry
Shh! These tests will enable a quieter search for dark matter
The LUX-ZEPLIN collaboration has published results showing radioactive background levels for experiment’s components, creating a library for future rare event searches.
Watch the most recent videos from Sanford Underground Research Facility, scripted and narrated by yours truly.
The nuts and bolts of experimental science
To test a theory, collaborations must distill models of universal proportions into tangible nuts and bolts, twisting them into functional machines. This process demands the abstract realm of physics and the practical world of engineering to meet.
Extremophiles that saved the waterways
In the 1970s, Whitlock had a novel idea: develop a strain of cyanide-munching bacteria that could clean Homestake's water before it was released into nearby stream systems.
The experimental art of particle physics
Nicolas Angelides didn’t intend to be a physicist. It was art that first captured his attention. These days, however, he sees very little distinction between the two disciplines.
Anything but abandoned
A thriving gold mine, delving 8,000 feet below a modest mining town with houses crouched on steep hillsides—it’s tempting for writers to create a ghost town of Lead and a decrepit caricature of the Homestake Gold Mine. There’s just one problem, though—this facility is anything but abandoned.