Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Painful science

Newton getting hit by an apple might be an apocryphal tale. Even if true no real harm was done using the head as a gravity detector. To date the hunt for dark matter has been thorough, expensive and unsuccessful. A new paper proposes constraints on the nature of dark matter based on the absence of unexplained gunshot-like impact wounds around the world. Dangerous work astronomy.

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