November 24, 2015

"Could dark matter make Earth 'hairy'?"

"Dark matter could form 'hairs' around planets, like Earth, according to NASA. The invisible, mysterious matter – which is thought to make up about 85 percent of all the matter in the universe – forms long “fine-grained streams” of particles.... These hairy filaments could help scientists unlock more insights into the mystery of dark matter. 'If we could pinpoint the location of the root of these hairs, we could potentially send a probe there and get a bonanza of data about dark matter'...."

12 comments:

rhhardin said...

You can't comb the hair on a billiard ball, so the hairs stand straight up at at least one place.

Jupiter said...

NASA is welfare for engineers.

robother said...

I'd start the search with those blondes with dark roots.

Sam L. said...

It's all good, with No-Shave November!

The Godfather said...

Or maybe "dark matter" is unicorn sweat.

As far as I can see from the linked article, they don't know squat.

Paddy O said...

Scientists looking for the spaghetti tendrils

Carl Pham said...

The Monitor has a level of credulity with respect to sciency stuff that nearly rises to the National Enquirer level, although they're much more dignified about it. I don't believe they ever use 64pt headlines, for example.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aether_(classical_element)

mikee said...

If we could send a probe that could probe the secrets of dark matter to a place we'd determined dark matter to be, well, we'd know how to detect dark matter and how to probe it already.

If unicorns existed, we'd know a lot more about real unicorns. And their farts would indeed be paying for Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The scientist might have phrased his suggestion for future research programs more felicitously, and with more scientific exactitude.

traditionalguy said...

Is the Age of Aquarius here again. But those sound like mighty long hairs.

Fernandinande said...

"Could dark matter make Earth 'hairy'?"

Can reporters write stupid headlines?

"Typical hair density enhancements are 10^7 for Earth and 10^8 for Jupiter."

Hair Club for Planets.

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