Going deep underground in Canada in search of dark matter

March 24, 2014 — Uncategorized

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?

Full Story by Ivan Semeniuk available here.