OT: Proper science from The Guardian: Dark matter detected

Simulation of dark matter coalescing

Simulation of dark matter coalescing

… as opposed to the politicised, corrupt, distorted and manufactured science of “global warming”.

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.

Rumours that Bauer’s group was on the verge of making an announcement surfaced on physicists’ blogs a few weeks ago. Though tentative, tonight’s results triggered an immediate wave of excitement in the science community.

“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.

If confirmed, it would be one of the greatest discoveries in cosmology, and will add hugely to our understanding of the universe.

And that, by the way, is how science should be done, free from political and financial interference, and with no pre-determined agenda. It is in stark contrast to the pseudo-scientific circus currently concluding in Copenhagen.

Read it here.

Comments

  1. Nice to see Dark Matter being detected. I hope they have got it.

    Me? I’m no more (or less) than a interested individual and avid media observer.

    So, I noticed that you are a “Climate” blog, but that you didn’t seen to notice, right next to this article on the Guardian’s website today, the leaked UN report of 3 degrees C temp rises if the (then most) current deal was actually signed? Or was this an oversight that a report like this wouldn’t register interest with people who are following Copenhagen? Or Climate? Or possibly your blog?

    Here is the article … http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/17/un-leaked-report-copenhagen-3c
    and here’s the report itself … http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/17/copenhagen-emissions-cuts-future-temperatures

    I also noticed (but wasn’t at all suprised to find) Ian Plimer’s book as your top recommended. Hmm, seems strange to me seeing as how he still won’t or can’t answer direct questions about the references he has used … or things like, how he comes to the conclusion the the planet is cooling.

    But that’s just me.
    I best be off.

    All the best.
    Vinnie.

  2. John Simpson says:

    Sorry to disappoint you, but this is also unscientific post-modern science.

    It has not detected “dark matter” but simply found a statistical anomaly that did not correspond with a computer model. Quote : they expected 0.8 events ( from a computer model) and found 2 (over 2 years) Well, how can you detect 0.8 events – that has to be from a non-physical model because you can obviously detect only an integral number of events. And how did they know the extra “1.2” events were “dark matter” – because their model ASSUMED that anything that was not accounted for in the model was dark matter.

    This is exactly the same sort of nonsensical argument that is used to prove AGW.

    What if the extra event was caused by something other than dark matter – hmmm, the computer model does not allow for a natural explanation.

  3. @Vinnie: the article you mention was covered here.

    Plimer’s book just happened to be the first in my list – it’s not an order of priority! And there are holes in Plimer’s arguments, however the fundamental point of his book is correct: namely, you can’t just listen to climatologists – you need to look at geology, cosmology and a whole bunch of other disciplines to understand the climate system.

    As for the planet cooling, check the satellite record. Given what’s been happening with the surface record, it cannot be trusted any more…

    @John: Hope you’re wrong!

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