“Even if we think we know, we actually don’t.”
When we look at the sky, we see stars and galaxies and we believe that this is all. However, something outside is altering our equations: galaxies and stars don’t behave in the way there are supposed to. We do have evidence of its existence but we don’t know anything about it: it’s dark matter, something our eyes cannot see.
Mass distorts space. So, if we look at a galaxy through the sky and there’s mass between us, the light will be distorted. There are a lot of candidates for dark matter (such as neutralino) but the important think is how we detect it. Gianfranco Bertone is working in this field and told us about three types of detection: colliders, direct and indirect detection. All these techniques point out an excess of energy caused by dark matter.
Lots of laboratories and research groups have spent years trying to identify dark matter and still we don’t know too much about it. This means that new ideas are needed, and these ideas might be our own ideas. The ideas of a new science generation, our generation.
Throughout the two weeks at LIYSF, participants had the opportunity to attend several plenary lectures that were held at the Royal Geographical Society. These plenary lectures focused on different areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM), with the underlying connection being the theme for LIYSF 2019, ‘Science At The Interface.’ They provided participants with an excelle...
06 November 2019
The 61st London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) marked the beginning of its two weeks with an opening ceremony (25th July) at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Attracting over 500 leading young scientists from 75 different countries and territories across the globe, LIYSF 2019 promises to be yet another year of unparalleled scientific discovery, diverse interactions and life...
30 July 2019
Science has played a pertinent role in shaping our current society. Throughout the course of history, the role of science has progressed from mere experiments, to innovative and cutting-edge discoveries that are rapidly propelling us into the future. Much of this progression comes from embracing the contributions science has had on the broader aspects of society and how it has inevitably shaped...
12 July 2019