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Australia converts a gold mine into a laboratory for the research of dark matter.
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Australia converts a gold mine into a laboratory for the research of dark matter.

According to a press release from Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), the Stawell Below Physics Laboratory has been transformed from a gold mine that is over a mile (kilometer) underground in Victoria to study dark matter. 85 percent of the mass of our universe is thought to be made up of dark matter, an invisible element that is virtually undiscovered by humans. Scientists have been developing dark matter detectors to learn more about it, and one of the "most sensitive" detectors has produced some critical findings. One does not simply stop with one set of data, as is the case with everything in science. It must be both repeatable and verifiable, which necessitates the construction of additional detectors. The SABRE Dark Matter Detector is one such detecto...