Navigation Links
NSF authorizes $29 million for preliminary design of world's deepest underground laboratory
Date:10/15/2009

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has authorized more than $29 million for the University of California, Berkeley, to create a preliminary plan for turning a former gold mine in South Dakota into the world's deepest laboratory.

The grant, approved Sept. 24 by the National Science Board, is for a preliminary design of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), a facility at the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, S.D. The laboratory would consist of underground labs and above-ground buildings to host physics, engineering, geoscience and biology experiments that can only be conducted under thousands of feet of rock, as deep as 8,000 feet.

The rock would shield physics experiments from cosmic ray particles that would swamp detectors looking for rare events, while the mine's 600 kilometers of tunnels would allow access to microbes and geological areas not otherwise possible.

"NSF has put forward nearly $30 million and, in addition, provided $21 million more to explore 16 possible experiments, so they are embracing DUSEL very firmly," said Kevin Lesko, UC Berkeley adjunct professor of physics and principal investigator for the project.

Of the $29.1 million, nearly $13 million will be directed to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for major design contracts being managed there for the project and $370,000 to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The preliminary design for the underground laboratory would be part of a proposal submitted to the board in the spring of 2011 in anticipation of funds to start construction in fiscal year 2013.

Construction is already underway at the mine after the June dedication of the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory, which is supported by $70 million from South Dakota banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. In all, more than $120 million of non-NSF funding has been committed to rehabilitating the shafts and pumping and treating
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Sanders
rsanders@berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UNC scientists win $1.6 million stimulus award to accelerate decoding of human genome
2. Miriam Hospital researcher receives more than $12 million to study weight control
3. UNC awarded $6.2 million renewal grant by NIH Rare Diseases Research Network
4. NHLBI awards $11 million for molecular roadmap to chronic lung diseases
5. VBI awarded $27 million from NIH to support infectious disease research
6. University of Washington receives $25 million to create Northwest Genomics Center
7. UF to get $64 million over 6 years to study disability prevention in older Americans
8. £1 million award to address honeybee decline
9. Delaware State U. receives $5 million NASA grant for optics research
10. TGen provides Arizona with $77 million in annual economic impact
11. Pitt researchers net $5 million from NIH to explore better ways to grow cells for regenerative medicine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2014)... data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water ... of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global ... detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans ... kilometres. , The melting of the Antarctic ice ... an excess of around 350 gigatonnes of freshwater to the ...
(Date:8/31/2014)... decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a ... across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, ... causes the disease. This approach gives an accurate count of ... measure of disease severity but is not ideal because ... from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) has ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... some surprising discoveries about the body,s initial responses ... the team found that specialized cells in the ... viral invasion and are the source of gut ... (IL-1β). , Though aimed at the presence ... epithelium that provides a barrier to protect the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):A new way to diagnose malaria 2A new way to diagnose malaria 3The early cost of HIV 2
... Incredible camera trap video footage from the forests ... in that country are paying off, according to the ... traps from several locations across Thailand,s Western Forest Complex ... glimpses into the lives of tigers, Asian elephants, gaurs, ...
... proposed, it was dismissed as being unrealizable: "It,ll never ... research funding. Today, 15 years later, the physicist Professor ... presented with the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, one of Germany,s most ... controversial idea. Leo, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for ...
... an adorable doe-eyed bat with a dark side it is ... a PhD student in ecology and evolutionary biology at The City ... a revolutionary way to help fund her research into how this ... can spread from flying foxes to humans by tracing the evolution ...
Cached Biology News:Candid video clips from Thailand show anti-poaching efforts saving wildlife 2Electronics made of plastic 2Electronics made of plastic 3Electronics made of plastic 4Crowdfunding science: Student raises cash online to follow a flying fox 2Crowdfunding science: Student raises cash online to follow a flying fox 3
(Date:8/31/2014)... N.J. , Aug. 31, 2014 Wockhardt ... Drug Discovery program in Anti-Infective research when two of ... coveted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) status from U.S. ... to drugs which act against pathogens which have a ... are identified by Centre for Disease Control (a top ...
(Date:8/31/2014)... Texas (PRWEB) August 31, 2014 ... Polyacrylamide Industryā€¯ is a professional and in-depth ... report provides basic Polyacrylamide information, including Polyacrylamide ... as well as industry overview. This research ... market as well as global industry analysis ...
(Date:8/30/2014)... Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 31, 2014 ... Industry is a professional and in-depth study on ... industry in Global and China. , The report ... definitions, applications and industry chain structure. Global market ... with a focus on history, developments, trends and ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... but one of the most promising technologies for future ... light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary ... photons and control their direction. Researchers around the world ... control, but now scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute ... emitted one at a time and in a particular ...
Breaking Biology Technology:U.S. FDA Grants QIDP Status for Wockhardt Anti-Infective Drug Discovery Program 2U.S. FDA Grants QIDP Status for Wockhardt Anti-Infective Drug Discovery Program 3International Polyacrylamide Industry & Copper Iodide Market Data Analysis Now Available at DeepResearchReports.com 2International Polyacrylamide Industry & Copper Iodide Market Data Analysis Now Available at DeepResearchReports.com 3Electrical Insulating Varnish Market World, China Regional Analysis & 2020 Forecasts Available at DeepResearchReports.com 2Electrical Insulating Varnish Market World, China Regional Analysis & 2020 Forecasts Available at DeepResearchReports.com 3Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology 2
... The approval of an emergency,contraceptive with over-the-counter access ... option for preventing unintended pregnancy.,However, many patients are ... when they may need it. Clinicians should to ... patients about their,risk of pregnancy., To address ...
... Products for Aida,s ... ... (OTC Bulletin Board: AIDA) today announced that has,acquired one of China,s ... Aida,s subsidiary, Hanzhou,Aida Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd acquired 43% of the institute ...
... Equity Investment and Line of Credit -, ... Board: MODG), a biopharmaceutical company applying its,patented technology ... announced that it has closed a $2 million,equity ... has entered into a,line of credit agreement that ...
Cached Biology Technology:Publication Addresses Misconceptions About Emergency Contraception 2Aida Acquires High-Level Research Institute in China 2Modigene Announces Closing of $12 Million Financing by Members of The Frost Group 2Modigene Announces Closing of $12 Million Financing by Members of The Frost Group 3Modigene Announces Closing of $12 Million Financing by Members of The Frost Group 4Modigene Announces Closing of $12 Million Financing by Members of The Frost Group 5
Viral CCI Biotinylated Affinity Purified PAb...
Human RXR beta/NR2B2 MAb (Clone H7341) Keywords: RXRbeta, RXRbeta, Retinoid X Receptor beta...
Human SOST Affinity Purified Polyclonal Ab...
BOND ELUT MATRIX-C18, 25 mg ...
Biology Products: