Collider to peer at dark matter

2010-03-09 10:03

Geneva - Operators of the world's largest atom smasher hope to provide first discoveries about the elusive nature of dark matter later this year.

The director of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, said the Large Hadron Collider will be ramped up to half-power this month. That will still be three times more energy than the world record Cern set in 2009.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer said the collider will then be able to penetrate the makeup of the atom much better than it its nearest competitor at Fermilab outside Chicago.

Heuer said on Monday the discoveries could reach this year into dark matter, representing 25% of the universe. Standard physics only deals with the 5% of the universe comprised by visible matter.

  • David - 2010-03-09 10:45

    LETS hope this thing does'nt create any sort of interdimensional rift ?

  • Koch - 2010-03-09 11:39

    Interesting stuff! Just don't break anything guys. It can cost us dearly...still want to go for a swim tomorrow morning before work.

  • John - 2010-03-09 12:07

    If the earth is going to be blown to bits, I'd rather have it happen because of peaceful scientific research than nuclear weapons...

  • Marco - 2010-03-09 12:52

    Finally, the end of all...

  • see Johan Calleman - 2010-03-09 15:17

    Read Johan Calleman's book _The Purposeful Universe_ to see what his theory is regarding dark matter. google johan calleman

  • Jon - 2010-03-09 15:42

    So is the other 70% non-matter? Are these articles even read before they are posted?

  • ZION PAY - 2010-03-24 14:27

    Jon, yes the 70% is dark matter. It is detected only by its gravitational effect on the galaxies. If it were not for that it would have remained unknown. Not very much is known about it. According to a biography "Einstein's Cosmos" Einstein with others detected it in calculations on the expanding universe. It appeared then as a shortfall in those calculations. Using the famous equation: E = MC squared. and just adding a minus sign in front sorts out the problem in a way. (John Gribbens)

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