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Magnet on the Mighty Mississippi: A New Life for Muon Experiment

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Science  14 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6138, pp. 1277
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6138.1277

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You can drive from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state to Fermilab in Illinois in 14 hours, heading due west. To move a major muon experiment from Brookhaven to Fermilab, however, particle physicists decided that a key piece of equipment—the massive but fragile accelerator storage ring—should travel by barge on a 6-week voyage down the U.S. Atlantic coast, around Florida, and up the Mississippi River. The ring's odyssey starts this weekend.