Could This Be The Signal Of Dark Matter? Unsure Scientists Checking This Out

by Elizabeth Howell April 4, 2014

Sometimes a strange signal comes from the dark and it takes a while to figure out what that signal means. In this case, scientists analyzing high-energy gamma rays emanating from the galaxy’s center found an unexplained source of emission that they say is “consistent with some forms of dark matter.” The data came courtesy of NASA’s […]

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New Dark Matter Detector Draws A Blank In First Test Round

by Elizabeth Howell October 30, 2013

We keep saying dark matter is so very hard to find. Astronomers say they can see its effects — such as gravitational lensing, or an amazing bendy feat of light that takes place when a massive galaxy brings forward light from other galaxies behind it. But defining what the heck that matter is, is proving […]

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No Joy for Dark Matter Detector’s First 100 Days

by Nancy Atkinson April 15, 2011

We’re still mostly in the dark about Dark Matter, and the highly anticipated results from the XENON100 detector has perhaps shed a tad more light on the subject – by not making a detection in the first 100 days of the experiment. Researchers from the project say they have now been able to place the […]

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by Jean Tate October 1, 2009

WIMPs are Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, hypothetical particles which may be the main (or only) component of Dark Matter, a form of matter which emits and absorbs no light and which comprises approx 75% of all mass in the observable universe. The ‘weakly’ is a bit of a pun; WIMPs would interact with themselves and […]

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