Science writing

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.

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From the atmosphere to the underground

Read the travelogue of a xenon atom as it journeys from the air we breathe to a dark-matter detector a mile underground.

Symmetry Magazine 

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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

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New discoveries from the same old rocks

David Vardiman retires after 30 years as a geologist with Homestake Gold Mine and Sanford Underground Research Facility 

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The history of the Ross Hoists

Sanford Lab’s cutting-edge research supported by the lasting power of 1930s engineering

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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

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SHERLOC goes to Mars

The mystery of ancient life on Mars calls for inter-planetary detective work

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CASPAR’s newest target: neon-22

Upcoming experiment may explain how neon fuels the formation of life-giving elements in the stars


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.

Symmetry Magazine

Why DUNE? Searching for the origin of matter

Part I in our series exploring the science goals of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

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Road tripping with a germanium detector

Dodging cosmic rays, researchers make a cross-country road trip to from Tennessee to South Dakota


Setting a 'gold standard' for ultra-pure particle detectors

Berkeley Lab's Alan Smith drove the science of measuring radioactivity in experiments’ materials and components


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.

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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.


Underground personnel capacity doubles at Sanford Lab

LBNF project upgrades refuge chamber, increases evacuation capabilities


A case study in happy extremophiles

The touchy science behind achieving a pure, thriving culture of methanotrophs


Geothermal group takes their research up a level — to the 4100

SIGMA-V experiment moves 750 feet up to learn more about hot rocks 600 miles away


LZ Time Projection Chamber completed

Collaboration pieces together the 'heart' of LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter detector


A thunderous idea at the forefront of dark energy research

Gravitational waves likened to a cosmic thunderstorm in an effort to unravel the universe’s strange expansion