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From SURF: "Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward"


Sanford Underground Research facility

September 26, 2016
Constance Walter

A next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, in 2020. 2,074 more words

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BALLARD'S CELEBRATION OF BALLARD: MACEFIELD FESTIVAL 2016

 By Ian Bremner

Seattle’s historically cool and increasingly populated neighborhood, Ballard will be taken over by the 4th annual Macefield Festival September 30-October 2.  Macefield Festival is named after legendary Ballard citizen, Edith Macefield who flat-out refused to sell her home and land to commercial developers. 209 more words

Dark matter search is unsuccessful

From a Berkeley Lab press release (July 21, 2016):

Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, have completed their search for the missing matter of the Universe. 123 more words

wimps - The Soda Bar, San Diego -June 29, 2016

[photos by Happy Place Media

After guitarist Rachel Ratner announced they were going to play “a bunch of songs in a short amount of time”, … 475 more words

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From Sky & Telescope: "No Dark Matter from LUX Experiment"

Sky & Telescope

An underground detector reports zero detections of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the top candidate for mysterious dark matter.


The Davis cavern, deep within what used to be the Homestake Mine, before the placement of the LUX experiment. 1,123 more words

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Tacocat - The Soda Bar, San Diego - July 20, 2016

With song titles like, “Men Explain Things to Me”, “FDP” (first day period) and “Hey Girl” (about dudes that cat-call), it’s clear that Tacocat, a 4-piece punk/pop/surf band from Seattle, are not writing songs for me (a 56-year-old man who still likes early… 318 more words

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Dark matter search comes up empty

An online news report1 from phys.org, titled “Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any,” reported the following:

Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.

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Physics