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Sixth Science, Episode 81: Journey 500 meters underground – Sciences et Avenir

Attention, claustrophobic refrain. Because you go down 500 meters underground. This is the distance that Sixième Science takes you, science podcast Science and the future and 20 minutes, at the center of the Low Noise Underground Laboratory (LSBB) in Rustrel (Vaucluse). A unique place in the world where, since 2006, scientists have been structured to conduct extraordinary research.

500 meters underground, amazing work

At the microphone, Frank Daninos, a journalist specializing in mainstream topics, tells Romain Goulumes about 20 minutes: his visit to this armored capsule, located at a depth of 500 meters under a rock.

In this former military structure, geologists, physicists as well as neuroscientists have been doing amazing work since 2006. Like detecting brain noises, for example. In 2021, an international project was launched that plans to identify the precursors of neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease) or even epilepsy in this cocoon, away from any noise, machines from the hospital environment.

For the first time in the world

In a completely different register, this summer, LSBB will also host a new platform dedicated to advanced optical systems. The first company in the world whose goal is to develop modern mirrors, the polishing of which requires extreme care. Another highlight of the LSBB was the long-awaited receipt of the Miga, a machine that was supposed to make it possible to distinguish between a gravitational wave and residual vibrations caused, in particular, by the Earth’s gravitational field.

In the event that you fail to return to the surface, set aside – before descending – time to uncover the entire subject in question Science and the future dated April 2022. Or dive into the archives of Sixth Science or subscribe to it for free at Apple Podcasts.

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