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(Time)   Astronomers say they are closer to understanding the dark matter problem in the universe, and all they had to do was invent a new particle, give it a media-friendly name and hope someone discovers it some day   (time.com) divider line 27
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2014-06-26 11:12:20 AM  
Is that just a fancy way of telling people to solve for X?
 
2014-06-26 12:30:01 PM  
Is this the thread where everyone explains to everyone else just how little they understand about a poorly understood phenomenon, or one with everyone spewing stoner science?
 
2014-06-26 12:31:14 PM  

ikanreed: Is this the thread where everyone explains to everyone else just how little they understand about a poorly understood phenomenon, or one with everyone spewing stoner science?


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2014-06-26 12:50:16 PM  

ikanreed: Is this the thread where everyone explains to everyone else just how little they understand about a poorly understood phenomenon, or one with everyone spewing stoner science?


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I'm just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know, the total mass-energy of the known universe contains 4.9% ordinary matter, 26.8% dark matter and 68.3% dark energy, thus, dark matter is estimated to constitute 84.5% of the total matter in the universe, while dark energy plus dark matter constitute 95.1% of the total content of the universe.
 
2014-06-26 12:51:11 PM  
How about we give it a name that creates an unrealistic expectation of what it does, like "the Jesus particle" or "the 'this solves everything' particle".

/worked for "the God particle"
 
2014-06-26 12:53:18 PM  
I think the SpDrJay Particle has a nice ring to it.
 
2014-06-26 01:00:24 PM  

germ78: How about we give it a name that creates an unrealistic expectation of what it does, like "the Jesus particle" or "the 'this solves everything' particle".

/worked for "the God particle"


It was originally "the god damn particle," because it was so hard to find.  That name wasn't quite so media friendly, so it was shortened.
 
2014-06-26 01:03:35 PM  
Ha, headline of the week!
 
2014-06-26 01:06:49 PM  
Everyone would like dark matter if it had a cute name, like Elf Grass.
 
2014-06-26 01:07:44 PM  
Is this another one of those threads where science, intelligence, and basic common sense are derided because "both sides are equal"?
 
2014-06-26 02:19:25 PM  

Cpl.D: Is this another one of those threads where science, intelligence, and basic common sense are derided because "both sides are equal"?


Eh, I'm skeptical about 'basic common sense', because a lot of things people claim are 'common sense' are also *WRONG*.

I kinda prefer empirical validation or at least critical thinking-
 
2014-06-26 02:21:01 PM  

Cpl.D: Is this another one of those threads where science, intelligence, and basic common sense are derided because "both sides are equal"?


This is Fark, so I wouldn't keep your hopes up
 
2014-06-26 03:06:35 PM  

Punt

 
2014-06-26 03:34:39 PM  
It solves major problems in cosmology?  We shall call it the Beer Particle.
 
2014-06-26 03:47:41 PM  
Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.
 
2014-06-26 04:08:24 PM  

Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.


You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.
 
2014-06-26 04:20:04 PM  

qorkfiend: Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.

You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.


LOL yeah, I know, but your total filterownage makes it worth it.
 
2014-06-26 04:47:13 PM  

Geoff Peterson: qorkfiend: Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.

You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.

LOL yeah, I know, but your total filterownage makes it worth it.


Haha, yeah, it totally does.
 
2014-06-26 05:01:19 PM  
I thought the science was settled.  I THOUGHT THERE WAS NO DEBATE.  Peer reviewed and all that.
 
2014-06-26 05:29:55 PM  

qorkfiend: Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.

You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.



*chortle*
 
2014-06-26 05:32:51 PM  

qorkfiend: Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.

You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.



Yup.  And neutrinos, too, were postulated precisely because energy, spin, momentum, etc., couldn't be conserved in some reactions without them.
 
2014-06-26 05:50:07 PM  

qorkfiend: Geoff Peterson: Yeah lets just make up a new paritcle...or type of energy...or type of matter because our equations don't come out right.

You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.


Wow.  Fark filter fail.  Heh.
 
2014-06-26 06:13:42 PM  
Neutrons have boobies, heh heh heh.
 
2014-06-26 06:14:16 PM  
Can't we just acknowledge that it's a miracle and get on with our lives?
 
2014-06-26 07:37:27 PM  

qorkfiend: You do realize this happens quite often in physics, right? The neutron was Boobiesulated for exactly this reason, as was antimatter.

Shazam999: Wow. Fark filter fail. Heh.

It's obviously unintentional but I'd like to call this one a win.
 
2014-06-26 10:26:27 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Neutrons have boobies, heh heh heh.


Well they are neutrons only up until puberty
 
2014-06-26 10:32:44 PM  
Sterile neutrinos...perhaps WIMPs...this dark matter sounds like a real winner.
 
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