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Dark matter remains elusive

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The scientists who are looking for dark matter are pretty pleased with themselves, even though they haven’t found even one scintilla of the stuff.

Dark matter supposedly makes up about a fourth of the cosmos, which is why the scientists are looking for it. Which should give them jobs for quite a while, because they have no idea what dark matter looks like, it was reported Wednesday by The Associated Press from Lead, S.D.

“It’s ghost-like matter,” said one scientist, which was appropriate on the day before Halloween. That’s brave talk when you don’t know what you’re talking about. We’ve been getting along fine for a lot of years without finding dark matter. For example, the astronauts didn’t locate any in outer space, and you would think that’s where they would spot it first.

The reason the scientists are in Lead, S.D., is because they have built an underground research facility 4,800 feet underground in the old Homestake gold mine.

Apparently it must be really dark to find dark matter, but apparently the Homestake facility isn’t dark enough yet.

“We have no clue” what dark matter looks like, said one scientist. “We don’t know what this matter is.”

That raises a good question: What is the matter with this dark matter that scientists are spending a lot of money looking for it?

It would seem, they believe, that dark matter is what makes the universe keep expanding, as it has been doing for billions of years, when it should be shrinking. That may be the case, but so what?

One wonders what the scientists will do with the dark matter if they ever find it. They found a Higgs boson, earlier this year, for example, and we still haven’t seen any Higgs bosons for sale in the stores, even though Christmas is coming.


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