The Little Bit of Dark Matter We Know

“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux … is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.” –William J. Broad It was in the 1930s, looking at dense clusters of … Read moreThe Little Bit of Dark Matter We Know

The second most abundant particles in the Universe are undetectable!

“These neutrino observations are so exciting and significant that I think we’re about to see the birth of an entirely new branch of astronomy: neutrino astronomy.” –John Bahcall You’ve been around here long enough to know about the Big Bang. The vast majority of galaxies are speeding away from us, but more than that, the … Read moreThe second most abundant particles in the Universe are undetectable!

What Matters about Dark Matter?

“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution, has deepened and left astronomers and astrophysicists more baffled than ever. The crux… is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.” –William J. Broad Three classic observations — the Hubble expansion of the Universe, the … Read moreWhat Matters about Dark Matter?

So just what is out there beyond the Standard Model?

“Other than the laws of physics, rules have never really worked out for me.” –Craig Ferguson Earlier this week, evidence was presented measuring a very rare decay rate — albeit not incredibly precisely — which point towards the Standard Model being it as far as new particles accessible to colliders (such as the LHC) go. … Read moreSo just what is out there beyond the Standard Model?