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Dark rain and cool science

May 3, 2013

Silicon detectors buried in a mine in Minnesota, and cooled to less than a tenth-degree Kelvin, have detected three(!) events, that might indicate the existence of WIMPs — weakly interacting massive particle — a theoretical candidate for most of the universe’s mass, which so far is eluding physicists. And if that’s not cool science, it turns out that scientists have known for a half-century what makes rain smell so good. On land — it smells different at sea.

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