Last week a rumour spread round the internet that an experiment based down a mine in the USA (the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS), run by the University of California) was about to announce the first direct detection of dark matter, when they present their new datasets this Thursday in fact. Unfortunately it looks like this is probably not true (see the updates on the original post here) but by that point we’d already had the idea to make this ‘Dark Matter Week’ here in the gutter, so we’re going ahead with it anyway! Hopefully over the next few days we’ll explain what we know about dark matter, how we know that it exists at all, whether we’ll ever see it and we’ll then end with whatever announcement CDMS makes.
Or at least that’s the plan.
To kick off things off, here’s one explanation for the existence of dark matter…..
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