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Dark Matter – CBS News report

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Nov 9, 2015

Scientists have clear evidence that what we are able to detect with our ordinary senses is only a fraction of all that actually exists.

How cool is that? To have scientific evidence for that which scientists had previously felt the need to write off as being beyond the reach of scientific inquiry and discovery. Specifically what the evidence tells us is that the ordinary reality which we can perceive with our senses and measuring equipment is only about 5% of the fuller scope of reality which must actually exist, according to simple, ordinary laws of physics – the well-attested law of gravity.

These observations aren’t new, but it was just last night that they came to my attention, through this documentary on 60 Minutes. It relates to the existence of something called “dark matter”, and to a subatomic particle named after Peter Higgs which is able to help explain the existence of this dark matter. The existence of the mechanism by which all matter, dark and otherwise, obtains its mass, was first proposed back in 1962. By 1964 it had been theoretically explained, and then finally was confirmed in March of 2013 by the massive collider experiment discussed in this documentary.

Extra dimensions? Dark matter? A more powerful Collider hunts for clues
It’s already helped scientists find what some call the “God Particle.” What else will the Large Hadron Collider reveal as it begins work at nearly double the power?


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