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Hadron Collider to hunt for dark matter

Posted on Monday, 9 July, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments

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After discovering the Higgs-Boson, scientists at CERN are turning their attention to finding dark matter.

The Large Hadron Collider will continue to run experiments until the end of this year after which it will be shut down for 20 months to undergo $1.82 billion of upgrades designed to increase its power by a factor of ten.

Scientists hope that the upgrades will allow them to use the atom smasher to create and detect dark matter, something that has never been accomplished before.

"It might have only just found the elusive ''God particle'', but the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory, near Geneva, is to have a $A1."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by csspwns on 10 July, 2012, 1:41
dang $1.8 billion. tats like my families money time 1000x
Comment icon #10 Posted by Quake Storm Maverick 66er on 10 July, 2012, 2:07
There's no limit to what science can do and find new discoveries, like the Higgs-Boson particle to been so important to the development of all matter in the universe, they called it the "God" particle (over the top). We should find what consists of dark matter, thus nothing will prove what made up "God" is matter out of...nothing.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ranrod on 10 July, 2012, 3:44
I don't see the specifics of this news article looking through what Physicists are saying. I imaging they'll start trying to make WIMPs, and they've figured out a good way to detect them. Definitely a tremendously important piece of the puzzle (IMO as big if not bigger than Higgs). It might or might not provide insight into formation of spacetime curvatures (i.e. why space warps). I want to stress once again that the Large Hadron Collider will make thousands of different experiments for thousands of different research projects. It did NOT get created just to find the 1 particle.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ranrod on 10 July, 2012, 4:28
Your family has $1.8 million? Must be nice!
Comment icon #13 Posted by UsefulSoul on 10 July, 2012, 4:35
This is going to be really cool, especially due to the famous WIMP miracle. My astronomy professor explained that astronomers and mathematicians/physicists rarely draw the same conclusions. In the case of dark matter, astronomical observations and theoretical mathematics drew the same conclusions for the percentage dark matter in galaxies. This was an amazing feat for astrophysics. I am curious to see how this will work in the LHC. This is the first major thing that brings the LHC closer to what I regard as "real" astronomy. I think this is something that can really be related to hum... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Kludge808 on 12 July, 2012, 9:05
My take on it is that they haven't. They've got something that looks like one but i may be something else entirely. All of the material coming out of CERN is of the sort that says "looks good but we're not positive."
Comment icon #15 Posted by ShadowSot on 12 July, 2012, 14:01
No offense but... Again. For the millionth time. It's not called the godparticle for any reason other than Higgs wanted to call it the goddamned particle but his publishing agent recommended he change it to God Particle so it'd sell better. And they're only certain of having found the Higgs Boson to 99.999999 percent. That more certain than I am of being awake right now. Anyway, hasn't the LHC been looking for dark matter? I guess the upgrade is just to improve the possibility of results. To bad the collider here in the US was never built.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb on 12 July, 2012, 15:11
I was thinking.... Discovering the 'God particle' could have been like discovering the Midi-Chlorin... If that's the case we should not go looking for Dark Matter.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Quarky on 15 July, 2012, 3:01
DARK matter - hmmmmmm. have we fully figured out "light" yet. "modern physics sees light as something that can be described sometimes with mathematics appropriate to one type of macroscopic metaphor (particles), and sometimes another macroscopic metaphor (water waves), but is actually something that cannot be fully imagined"

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