“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.
My passion for science and the desire to find answers began at a young age, examining the array of colours on flower petals and pondering over how or why it is that colour. It has since then developed into a lifelong goal to discover new and wondrous principles that will hopefully lead to making lives better. I arrived in the U.K at the age of 10. One of the main challenges that arose was my unde...
07 April 2018
Let’s start with the facts: An estimated 880 million people still don't have regular access to clean water. On average, women in developing countries walk 6 Kilometers a day to collect water. About 5,000 children die each day due to preventable diseases such as cholera, which are caused due the intake of contaminated water. A lack of water for personal hygiene leads to the sp...
19 March 2018
Q 1. When did you attend LIYSF and what was it like coming to the LIYSF? I was a participant, one of about 15, representing Ireland at the LIYSF in 1972. This was on completion of my first year at University. It was a great opportunity to learn about many aspects of science and to meet so many young people from all over the world with similar interests. The chance to visit London was a very excit...
13 March 2018