State and congressional leaders as well as scientists from across the globe have met to launch the Long-Based Neutrino lab at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, officially breaking ground on the biggest science experiment in world history. According to the Rapid City Journal, digging will now begin which will take up to three years due to the 875,000 tons of rock that needs to be removed before the research equipment and tanks can be installed for the experiment. Once preparations and construction are done, the Fermilab near Chicago will send a beam of neutrinos through solid rock to sophisticated detectors at Sanford.
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