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(Phys Org2)   Scientists calculate that as many as 100,000 WIMPs strike our bodies every year. Surprisingly, we don't even notice   (phys.org) divider line 26
    More: Interesting, WIMPs, GeV WIMPs, particle detectors, Stockholm University, arXiv, solar eclipses, organic matter, PhysOrg  
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2012-04-12 07:37:36 PM  
Telepaths do.
 
2012-04-12 07:57:15 PM  
So that's what is making my ears ring. farking WIMPs
 
2012-04-12 09:06:40 PM  

BunkyBrewman: So that's what is making my ears ring. farking WIMPs


No, you have a condition called Tinnitus. A lot of people have the same condition.
 
2012-04-12 09:10:45 PM  
As many as 100,000...or as few as 0, if dark matter doesn't exist.
 
2012-04-12 09:35:13 PM  
Gravitational lensing is just cosmic beer goggles.

Proof (new window)
 
2012-04-12 09:44:21 PM  
They don't hit you; they pass through you. They are the cosmic hot dog thrown down a hallway.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-04-12 09:50:22 PM  
How did they come up with interaction cross sections for this calculation when we don't know what WIMPs are?
 
2012-04-12 10:19:13 PM  
Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS)

So...'liters?
 
2012-04-12 10:49:40 PM  
I strike a wimp or two once every few years, but they usually notice. Maybe they are just more sensitive?
 
2012-04-12 11:17:19 PM  
Last wimp that struck me was being swung by the ankles at the time

/*rimshot*
 
2012-04-12 11:35:10 PM  

ZAZ: How did they come up with interaction cross sections for this calculation when we don't know what WIMPs are?


There was a detector that had a potential result some dark matter, so they just took the data from that and worked from there also making a few assumptions. They're not saying it's airtight, just what it should be if the data from the detector and the assumptions are correct. Basically it's just a theoretical exercise.
 
2012-04-12 11:45:49 PM  

ZAZ: How did they come up with interaction cross sections for this calculation when we don't know what WIMPs are?


The scientists could have explained further, but they had to be at the LHC in 26 minutes.
 
2012-04-13 12:23:37 AM  
better than getting hit with MACHOs
 
2012-04-13 12:32:59 AM  

lordargent: better than getting hit with MACHOs


or RAMBOs.
 
2012-04-13 12:51:58 AM  
does foil help with this, too?
 
2012-04-13 01:08:06 AM  

Twice Banned: does foil help with this, too?


Nope, sorry. Aluminum's in on it, too. Trust no element!
 
2012-04-13 01:09:33 AM  
Nope, sorry. Aluminum's in on it, too. Trust no element!
 
2012-04-13 01:09:35 AM  
Pfft...what a bunch of WIMPs.

I prefer to be struck by Massively Interacting Large Fermions.
 
2012-04-13 03:47:32 AM  
stupid Window Icon Mouse Pointer's. Micro$oft has gone too far this time....
 
2012-04-13 05:03:43 AM  
And if you add the mainstream media effect: Dark Matter Causes Cancer
 
2012-04-13 07:18:54 AM  
Once the WIMPs acronym "got out", the fact that an alternative possibility is called "MACHOs" proves physicists have a sense of humor. There's also that whole unit thing: electrical elastance (inverse capacitance, capacitance measured in Farads) is measured in units of Darafs. see also Mhos...

/not a sense of humor you can detect, but it is measurable w/ a really sensitive humor detector. We have big buildings that draw lots of power filled with people that wear lab coats for this kind of humor measurement. It's a tiny but significant effect - smaller than casimir even.
 
2012-04-13 07:57:56 AM  
How many SmartMeters is this? I need to calibrate my level of alarm.
 
2012-04-13 08:10:40 AM  

wjllope: not a sense of humor you can detect, but it is measurable w/ a really sensitive humor detector


Don't forget femtobarns.

Procedural Texture: .or as few as 0, if dark matter doesn't exist.


Which is exceedingly unlikely, since we've detected it. We haven't been able to examine it in detail, because the whole weakly interacting massive particle thing makes them very hard to detect. It's like crossing neutrinos with ninja.
 
2012-04-13 08:22:01 AM  

t3knomanser: Don't forget femtobarns.


What's the smallest lab ever?
 
2012-04-13 11:18:39 AM  
I would guess that 100,000 WIMPs abuse their bodies while looking at Kate Upton every night. And she never feels a thing.
 
2012-04-13 02:28:35 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: They don't hit you; they pass through you.


No, that's fear.
 
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