A peek inside of a dark matter mine 3,300 feet underground


Down in the Boulby Mine in England, 3,300 feet underground, scientists are looking for wimps (or weakly interacting massive particles). Not to beat up, but to help unravel the mysteries of the universe in the search for ever-elusive dark matter.

The shaft is England's deepest working mine, but the lab space cordoned off for the research back in 2003 isn't the dank, dirty place you'd expect. Instead, it's a sterilized wonderland of sorts suspended in a cavern by cables, and protected from debris from the active mining operation going on around it by doorways and air blowers.

Check out the video above for a deeper look at the lab.

Via the Wall Street Journal