About two weeks ago, astronomer Stacy McGaugh mentioned an alternative theory on “dark matter” in Science journal which suggested the hypothetical (and mysterious) dark matter could have not existed at all. Now another feature on Discovery web site tells about the race among the scientists for “capturing the dark matter”.

Dark matter researcher Neil Spooner of Sheffield University in England sums it up this way: “You have a needle in a haystack and you’re trying to remove the hay. You need better technology to pull out the event you’re looking for and reject the rubbish.”

Let’s wait and see if this “dark matter hunt” could bring new revolutionary facts to our knowledge on the universe. The needle is still hiding in the haystack.

clipped from dsc.discovery.com
Aug. 13, 2007 — In deep underground laboratories around the globe, a high-tech race is on to spot dark matter, the invisible cosmic glue that’s believed to keep galaxies from spinning apart.

It's There, You Just Can't See It

Whoever discovers the nature of dark matter would solve one of modern science’s greatest mysteries and be a shoo-in for the Nobel Prize. Yet it’s more than just a brainy exercise. Deciphering dark matter — along with a better understanding of another mysterious force called dark energy — could help reveal the fate of the universe.
Previous hunts for the hypothetical matter have turned up nothing, but that has not deterred some two dozen research teams from plumbing the darkness of idled mines and tunnel shafts for a fleeting glimpse.
Dark-matter detecting machines today are more powerful than previous generations, but even the best has failed so far to catch a whiff of the stuff. Many teams are now building bigger detectors or toying with novel technologies to aid in the hunt.

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