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  • “SNOLAB: Doing Science in an Active Mine” Lab Manager (February 4, 2016)

    “Once you’re in the lab, it’s very difficult to recognize that you are two kilometers underground
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  • “High-stakes science in a low, low place” print edition Toronto Starr, also available with additional images through Toronto Star’s tablet app: Toronto Star Touch (December 6, 2015)

    “Scientists working in an ore mine in Sudbury are building a massive experiment designed to shine a light (so to speak) on dark matter.”
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  • “DEAP-3600 student excels at Canadian Association of Physicists Congress” (June 2015)

    “Courtney Mielnichuk, DEAP-3600 M.Sc. student from University of Alberta, tood second place in the CAP Best Overall Student Poster Presentation Competition in Edmonton, Alberta. She also won the divisional prize for Committee to Encourage Women in Physics. Congratulations Courtney!”

  • “Biggest dark matter detector lies in wait for antisocial WIMPs”  featured in New Scientist: Science & Math (April 2015)

    Journalist, Louisa Field follows her guides 2 km underground to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) near Sudbury, Ontario to get a close-up view of DEAP-3600. She describes the detector as a huge ball at 3.4 meters across and holding more than 3 tonnes of liquid Argon. Mark Kos from Queens University adds that “when it starts running it will be the biggest dark matter detector in the world.” It needs to be big to be able to detect antisocial weakly interacting massive particles or WIMPs – antisocial because these particles are “unwilling to play with other particles”.
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  • “Videnskabens Verden: Svaret skal findes i dybet”  [Danish]
    Translation: “Science World: The answer lies in the depths”  interview on Danish Radio DR Netradio (April 2015)

    Peter Skensved, a senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics, Queen’s University, was interviewed for Danish radio, DR Netradio, while he demonstrated the DEAP-3600 detector in its sub-terranean location at SNOLAB.
    Full interview [in Danish].

  • “A first glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos”  featured in National Geographic January 2015 (5th image)

    “As scientists map the universe, what they can’t see—dark energy and dark matter—is key. First to capture dark matter on Earth? DEAP-3600, maybe the most sensitive dark matter detector yet, was installed last year more than a mile underground in a nickel mine in Ontario. Its spherical array of light sensors points inward, toward a core full of liquid argon. The hope is that dark matter particles striking argon atoms will trigger tiny flashes of light.”
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  • “Shh! DEAP is hunting dark matter”  featured in Symmetry Magazine January 2015

    “Two kilometers below ground in Canada, scientists deployed a specially designed sanding robot into the DEAP-3600 dark matter detector.

    After entering through a long, airtight neck into the interior cavity, which is about 2 meters wide, the robot extended two arms and shaved half of a millimeter off the entire interior surface.”
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  • <;i>“Going deep underground in Canada in search of dark matter”  featured in The Globe and Mail (March 2014)

    “The deeper you go, the higher you fly. The Beatles lyric seems apt while I’m plunging down a mine shaft at 10 metres a second. My ears pop as the open-air elevator descends and the bare rock walls rush past in a blur. After three minutes we’re two kilometres below ground, and the elevator stops. We’ve finally reached the level of SNOLAB. Located near Sudbury, Ont., it’s one of the world’s deepest laboratories and a place where scientists are hoping to answer a riddle of cosmic proportions: What is dark matter?”
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  • “Lab Business: Digging deep at SNOLAB”  featured in Lab Business magazine (March 2014)

    “Stepping out into a Sudbury morning at 5:30 a.m. in December in nothing but a pair of coveralls with shorts and a T-shirt on underneath is never a good idea, yet every day about a dozen researchers and 40 staff members make this trek. The 500-metre walk from the change rooms at the SNOLAB’s main building to the mine building seems to take an awful lot longer than 30 seconds as the cold bites and nostrils freeze. The heat of the building offers sanctuary from the Canadian winter and about 50 bleary-eyed people ease into benches and as they thaw and wait for the elevator.”
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  • “DEAP-3600 Experiment has international reach”  featured in Exhibition in UK Parliament (February 2014)

    “A University of Sussex physics student won ‘most outstanding project’ at an exhibition in Parliament on February 25 2014, celebrating the UK’s best undergraduate research.

    Talitha Bromwich spent summer 2013 working on the DEAP-3000 dark-matter experiment after being selected for the University of Sussex’s Junior Research Associate scheme. She was supervised by Dr. Simon Peeters, a lecturer in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Sussex. Congratulations Talitha!”
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  • “Mine of the Mind”:  SNOLAB featured on PBS Newshour (January 2014)

    “At the bottom of a nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, scientists at one of the world’s most sophisticated particle physics observatories are investigating one of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos: What is dark matter? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien helps to shed some light on the research at SNOLAB.”
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  • “DEAP-3600 students excel at CAP 2012”  featured in Canadian Association of Physicists Congress (June 2012)

    “Tina Pollmann and Corina Nantais, students of DEAP-3600 presented their work in June 2012 at the Canadian Association of Physicists Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Tina Pollman won the CEWIP (Committee to Encourage Women in Physics) Award, the Best Poster award in the Particle Physics Division, Best Poster Overall and also for her talk in the Particle Physics Division. Corina Nantais won second place for her talk in the Particle Physics Division. Congratulations!”
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