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By Angela Gemmill
The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is helping answer critical questions in science.
Scientists at the facility in Lively officially opened the SNOLAB yesterday, following several years of construction on the laboratory space.
It is two kilometres deep underground, within Vale’s Creighton Mine.
Director of Development, Dr David Sinclair, says the unique laboratory provides a clean environment with little interference for mostly particle astrophysics experiments.
SNOLAB is operated by five universities, including Laurentian along with researchers from Queen’s and Carleton.
Funding came from several sources, including the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and President and CEO Gilles Paltry calls SNOLAB a first class scientific program.
He says it serves as a training ground for students by connecting them to world-class researchers and state of the art technology.
Other investments came from other sources including the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, FEDNOR, Vale and the City of Greater Sudbury.
(Dr David Sinclair at the Grand Opening of the SNOLAB)