Daily Archives: May 4, 2009

New Neutrino Detector To Be Built in Minnesota

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.

Russia to build floating Arctic nuclear stations

Russia is planning a fleet of floating and submersible nuclear power stations to exploit Arctic oil and gas reserves, causing widespread alarm among environmentalists.

A prototype floating nuclear power station being constructed at the SevMash shipyard in Severodvinsk is due to be completed next year. Agreement to build a further four was reached between the Russian state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, and the northern Siberian republic of Yakutiya in February.


In how many ways is this a bad idea?