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From SURF: "LUX: The end of an era"

Sanford Underground Research facility

October 17, 2016
Constance Walter

The top of the the LUX detector can be seeen emerging from the water tank. From Left Doug Tiedt, Wei Ji, and Ken Wilson work on the removal. 1,025 more words


Life is a Lion's Den

I never thought I would hear a band that combined the spazzy pop bliss of Neil Armstrong with the primal pop eccentricities of the Intelligence… 153 more words


From SURF: "Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward"

Sanford Underground Research facility

September 26, 2016
Constance Walter

A next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, in 2020. 2,074 more words



 By Ian Bremner

Seattle’s historically cool and increasingly populated neighborhood, Ballard will be taken over by the 4th annual Macefield Festival September 30-October 2.  Macefield Festival is named after legendary Ballard citizen, Edith Macefield who flat-out refused to sell her home and land to commercial developers. 209 more words

Dark matter search is unsuccessful

From a Berkeley Lab press release (July 21, 2016):

Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, have completed their search for the missing matter of the Universe. 123 more words

wimps - The Soda Bar, San Diego -June 29, 2016

[photos by Happy Place Media

After guitarist Rachel Ratner announced they were going to play “a bunch of songs in a short amount of time”, … 475 more words

Indie Rock

From Sky & Telescope: "No Dark Matter from LUX Experiment"

Sky & Telescope

An underground detector reports zero detections of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the top candidate for mysterious dark matter.

The Davis cavern, deep within what used to be the Homestake Mine, before the placement of the LUX experiment. 1,123 more words