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Myth Busters comes to Mines
Release Date Monday, February 10, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Can you tell a tall tale from the truth? Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will team up for the first-ever Mines Myth Busters to debunk or prove some of history’s most popular urban legends from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Surbeck Center, McKeel room.

Ever wondered if cell phones – or even bananas – really are radioactive? Bring them, along with any household items, and see what’s emitting the most radiation in your home. The Mines Myth Busters team will also explore if liquid nitrogen makes all objects shatter and test the truism “Concrete doesn’t float!”

This event is free, and all ages are invited to attend. See which myths make the cut and which get busted with Mines’ signature twist of explosive experimentation.


About SDSM&T

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at