Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dark matter detected?

Though still tentative (casually estimated at a three out of four chance), there is word that the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search may have directly detected dark matter, in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (or WIMPs, as the colorful acronym goes). So far, the best report of the whole thing is the CDMS's own summary. Hopefully the results pan out; it would be nice to know what most of the mass of the universe consists of.

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