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Scientists claim to be closing in on Dark Matter

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Scientists have spent decades searching for the elusive material known as dark matter, which is believed to make up 25 percent of the universe. On Thursday, Dec. 17, a team of physicists including some at MIT reported possible evidence of two dark matter particles in a detector located in a former iron mine in Minnesota.

Physicists have long theorized the existence of dark matter, arguing that it is a kind of hidden cosmic glue that helps to hold galaxies together. But detecting it has proven extremely difficult because the particles do not absorb or reflect light, and interact very weakly with other particles.

In a presentation on Thursday at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., scientists from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment announced the two new potential detections in data taken in 2007 and 2008. However, th


Added: Dec-18-2009 
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  • This news should make those people that are uneasy about the Large Hadron collider experiment feel a little better. See? We're all still here...

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  • I just flushed some dark matter.

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  • well, this is a relief

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  • The Sudan mine is only 12 miles from my property...should I catch some DM also?

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    • It's pretty well established that we can't discover dark matter in the same way that we can detect new sub-atomic particles.

      The way that we even know dark matter is out there is because of the gravity of galaxies and their behavior. Galaxies spin so fast that if all the matter they have inside of them was normal and not dark matter, they would spin apart. There's something extra in galaxies that keeps them together. However, that extra matter we can't see is not really "there" at all More..

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    • So dark matter isn't anti matter?

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    • No it's not.

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