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Scientists working to detect a phenomenon known as "neutrino-less double beta decay" work in the clean-room machine shop on the Davis Campus a mile underground at the old Homestake gold mine in Lead. (Katie Adkins/For The Daily Republic)

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LEAD -- Researchers working in the old Homestake gold mine could be on the verge of discovering dark matter, a scientific event that would put South Dakota on the tips of many tongues around the world.


In their quest for such a breakthrough discovery, scientists ride a rough "cage" elevator daily deep below the Black Hills, just as gold miners did for decades.

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