DEAP-3600 experiment lookin' spiffy! http://t.co/KxY9oHHtwC
1. First off, YES, underground labs ARE real.
This is the Cygnus Dual Beam Radiographic Facility, located nearly 1,000 feet underground at the Nevada National Security Site.
2. They’re used to research subjects like dark matter and neutrinos, which need to be shielded from cosmic rays.
3. The National Ignition Facility (Livermore, CA) houses 192 of the world’s most powerful lasers, which sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie.
Maybe that’s why it was used as the set for the Starship Enterprise’s warp core in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness.
4. During the Cold War, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Southold, NY) conducted a secret biological weapons program targeting livestock.
It was canceled in 1969.
5. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) operates in a circular tunnel 17 miles in circumference.
It also resembles the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.
6. ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment), also located at CERN, produces a quark-gluon plasma with a temperature at around 5.5 trillion degrees.
(And it TOTALLY looks like a gigantic Dalek eyestalk.)
7. CERN’s ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower.
8. CERN is currently hosting a scavenger hunt to find LEGO® figurines hidden throughout their Computing Centre.
(This isn’t one of them. You’ll have to find the actual figurines on Google Street view.)
9. The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station traditionally screens a triple feature of The Thing at the start of the winter season.
Because there’s no better way to kick off six months of constant darkness than with a movie about a shape-changing monster loose in an Arctic base.
10. SNOLAB (Ontario, Canada), the world’s deepest underground lab, is located two kilometers beneath the earth.
11. It has a Twitter account…
13. The Centre for Underground Physics in Pyhäsalmi (Finland) has its own sauna.
(This isn’t it, though.)
14. The Sanford Underground Laboratory (Lead, SD) grows its own copper — the purest copper in the world.
But it doesn’t grow like a tree. It’s a process called electroforming.
It’s also located beneath the Homestake Mine — formerly the largest gold mine in North America.
15. And as for the notorious Area 51 (Groom Lake, NV)…
…2013 is the first time Area 51’s existence has been acknowledged by the CIA and the president.
Full disclosure: Obama mentioned it as a joke at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, and the CIA declassified documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.