Thursday, November 30, 2006

Curiouser and Curiouser

Dark matter hides, physicists seek | SpaceRef
"'It's harder and harder to get away from the fact that there is a substance out there that's making up most of the universe that we can't see,' says Cabrera. 'The stars and galaxies themselves are like Christmas tree lights on this huge ship that's dark and neither absorbs nor emits light.'

Buried deep underground in a mineshaft in Minnesota lies Cabrera's project, called the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search II (CDMS II). University of California-Berkeley physicist Bernard Sadoulet serves as spokesperson for the effort. Fermilab's Dan Bauer is its project manager, and Dan Akerib from Case Western Reserve University is the deputy project manager. A team of 46 scientists at 13 institutions collaborates on the project"