Dark matter finally detected?

For 80 years, it has eluded the finest minds in science. But tonight it appeared that the hunt may be over for dark matter, the mysterious and invisible substance that accounts for three-quarters of the mass of the universe.

In a series of coordinated announcements at several US laboratories, researchers said they believed they had captured dark matter in a defunct iron ore mine half a mile underground. The claim, if confirmed next year, will rank as one the most spectacular discoveries in physics in the past century.

Tantalising glimpses of dark matter particles were picked up by highly sensitive detectors at the bottom of the Soudan mine in Minnesota, the scientists said.

Dan Bauer, head of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS), said the group had spotted two particles with all the expected characteristics of dark matter. There is a one in four chance that the result is due to some other effect in the underground detectors, Bauer told a seminar at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago…

“If they have a real signal, it’s a seriously big deal. The scale on which people are looking for dark matter is vast,” said Gerry Gilmore at Cambridge University’s institute of astronomy. “Dark matter is what created the structure of the universe and is essentially what holds it together. When ordinary matter falls into lumps of dark matter it turns into galaxies, stars, planets and people. Without it, we wouldn’t be here,” Gilmore said…

RTFA. If you read anything today – RTFA.

Fascinating and qualitative step forward in science – though it may take a while to prove and publish.

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10 comments

  1. moss

    Unless it’s an anomaly – of course.

    Creationists, deniers, paid skeptics really have no understanding of how conservative a process is real science.

  2. Mr. Fusion

    Call me a skeptic about this science but I’ve known about this for years.

    Dark matter is composed of socks. The portal is the clothes dryers. Yes, you heard me, Maytag, GE, Whirlpool, are all owned by intergalactics stealing our socks. To keep things in balance, after they have extracted all the energy from the socks, they return them to earth as clothes hangers. Wire clothes hangers.

    If you don’t believe me just check your socks for the number of solos. Then check your closet for wire hangers. Now, where did all the socks go and the hangers come from?

    • Cinaedh

      How do you know the portal isn’t washing machines? Have you ever counted your socks after removing them from the washing machine, before putting them into the dryer? I know I haven’t.

      It’s just basic scientific methodology.

      I’m also leery of your wire clothes hanger theory because I’m convinced wire clothes hangers are sentient.

      They get tangled together on purpose, all on their own, with no outside force acting upon them. It’s possible they’re reproducing.

      Explain that, science!

      • Mr. Fusion

        Yup, the Washing Machine Conspiracy rears its ugly head again. It’s simple. Washing machines can’t reach the temperature required for the transmogrification. Plus the water density has been conclusively demonstrated to dampen the flux generation to less than the minimal. In order to generate sufficient flux the socks can only be transported in a vapor or a vacuum.

        Jeepers, WMC is on par with butterflies causing hurricanes.

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