- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - About 175 scientists from across the globe are gathering in Rapid City Thursday to discuss the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

The scientists are meeting at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology through Sunday. Another 100 scientists will participate via remote access.

The project planned between the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago will involve the world’s highest intensity neutrino beam, which is 800 miles long. The experiment will be the world’s flagship neutrino project, with hundreds of participating scientists from 27 countries.

A 160-kiloton cryogenic liquid argon detector system will be built one mile underground at the Sanford Lab to image the rare collisions of neutrinos beamed from Fermilab. The ultimate goal is to understand the origins of the universe.

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