From the left is Nolan, speaking with Tim Meyer, Fermilab’s chief operating 0fficer, and Professor Marvin Marshak, director of Undergrad Research at the University of Minnesota.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan visited the University of Minnesota’s FermiLab NOvA Project in Ash River Friday to learn more about how tiny cosmic particles called neutrinos may eventually show us how the universe evolved over billions of years.

“We need to expand our knowledge of these amazing invisible particles,” Nolan said. “That’s why I’m supporting more funding by Congress to aid in the discovery process.”

The laboratory in Ash River contains a 300-ton neutrino detector that receives beams of neutrinos from a much larger facility in Illinois. The trip takes less than three milliseconds. Scientists in Ash River are eager to discover how and why neutrinos change as they move, and what those changes can tell us about our past and our future.

Neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the universe, a billion times more common than the particles that make up stars, plants and people. Trillions of neutrinos from the sun and other stars and planets pass through our bodies every second.

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