You may not know it, but you live near what will be one of the coolest scientific research facilities in the world—the FRIB, located at Michigan State University. FRIB stands for Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. According to Fox66 in Flint, FRIB Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher says the facility is 92% complete and should open in two years.

In theory, studying rare isotopes will lead to better understanding about the formation of the universe. So, in 2021, scientists may solve the mysteries of the universe—and celebrate with an ice cream cone at the MSU Dairy Store (It could happen).

It's because of the work that will happen at the FRIB in a couple of years, and research that's currently going on at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, that Lansing will be hosting the North American Particle Accelerator Conference during the first week of September. Be careful who you mockingly call "genius," if they cut you off in traffic that week. Because it's a good chance you might be dealing with the real thing.

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