Minnesota mine could yield secrets of the universe to SMU professor

SMU Physicist Jodi Cooley is working deep in an old iron mine to discover how the universe works.

Jodi Cooley


SOUDAN, Minnesota — It's invisible, but people still look for it.

It's cosmic, but confusing.

We're talking about "dark matter." Find it, and it's worth millions.

For SMU physicists that — and curiosity — make it worth the search.

SMU professor Jodi Cooley tries to teach how the universe works. Still, it's a subject even she doesn't fully understand.

"I've always been attracted to things that are hard or difficult," she said. "If people say, 'It can't be done,' I've always said, 'Really? Are you sure? I'm going to go do it!'"

It's a drive that sends her to extremes 

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