Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Race Is On To Detect Dark Matter

This news article describe the current competition between various projects to be the first one to detect dark matter, which is thought of to make up the majority of the mass of the universe.

Whoever discovers the nature of dark matter would solve one of modern science's greatest mysteries and be a shoo-in for the Nobel Prize. Yet it's more than just a brainy exercise. Deciphering dark matter - along with a better understanding of another mysterious force called dark energy - could help reveal the fate of the universe.

Previous hunts for the hypothetical matter have turned up nothing, but that has not deterred some two dozen research teams from plumbing the darkness of idled mines and tunnel shafts for a fleeting glimpse.

This is not going to be an easy thing to do. Along with the study of dark energy, this could take quite a while to narrow down.


No comments: