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Will this be the big year for dark matter research?

After the year of gravitational waves, will this be the year researchers crack the mystery of dark matter? Some are certainly hoping so, writes Motherboard.

Asimina Arvanitaki

Dark matter is thought to make up roughly a quarter of the universe, but it remains extremely elusive. A number of researchers hope that 2017 will be the year that science gains evidence of a dark matter particle, or when we find out all of our theories are wrong.

“Maybe dark matter, whatever it is, will turn out to be even weirder and more surprising than anyone has so far predicted,” wrote Kate Lunau at Motherboard earlier this month.

One of the ideas put forward is from Perimeter researcher Asimina Arvanitaki, who suggests that the resonant-mass detectors used to hunt for gravitational wave detectors could be repurposed to look for dark matter. “The funny thing is you could perhaps even hear dark matter,” Arvanitaki said, “depending on the frequency.”

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