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Innovations: Science from deep underground

Lee Strubinger

On today's show...

We're bringing you stories and news from deep beneath the Black Hills. Let's head underground to tour the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

First, we'll check in on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). We'll hear from lead engineer Joshua Willhite on constructing colossal caverns underground.

He joined us in January to help listeners wrap their minds around who's digging these caverns, what role they'll play in scientific advancements and just how mind-bogglingly big they are.

Then, we'll hear a March conversation with two students who worked on a small part of the giant, long-term experiment for a short, multi-year window.

SDPB's Cara Hetland spoke with former South Dakota Mines students Ian Helgeson and Kole Pickner.

The Majorana Demonstrator project wrapped up this year. That experiment spent years listening for clues as to why matter exists. In other words, why are we here?

We'll revisit SDPB's Lee Strubinger's reporting on the experiment from 2018. We'll then get a final update from a researcher who worked on the project since its start.

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Jackie is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls Studio.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.
Ari Jungemann is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.