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Environment & Climate Change

No Snow Slowdown for next phase of MSU's FRIB project

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Today’s wintry mix of snow, rain and sleet is not stopping Michigan State University’s major nuclear science project from moving forward into a new construction phase. 

350 truckloads of concrete are being poured today into the pit that will eventually be the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. 

That’s enough to cover a football field in two feet of concrete. 

The concrete is forming the tunnel that will be FRIB’s core. 

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry. 

The $730 million dollar project will be complete sometime after 2020.   

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