Dark Matter Collides With Your Body About Once a Minute

Dark MatterRebecca Boyle writes on Popular Science:

A dark matter particle smacks into an average person’s body about once a minute, and careens off oxygen and hydrogen nuclei in your cells, according to theoretical physicists. Dark matter is streaming through you as you read this, most of it unimpeded.

Dark matter is arguably the greatest mystery in modern physics. Observations from multiple sources across a few decades now shows that most of the universe is made of matter we can’t see — hence the name — but no one has been able to find it. One strong candidate for this dark material is called a WIMP, for weakly interacting massive particle, and there are a variety of observatories in Europe and the U.S. that are looking for these things. Some have found promising hints, but others have seen a whole lot of nothing.

Still, cosmologists generally agree there’s a halo of dark matter particles out there, and our solar system and our planet are flying through it. In a new paper, Katherine Freese at the University of Michigan and Christopher Savage at Stockholm University in Sweden thought about what this means for our bodies.

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23 Comments on "Dark Matter Collides With Your Body About Once a Minute"

  1. DisinfoForumsAreFunny | Apr 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm |

    More bullshit.  Dark Matter: Things in the universe scientists can’t explain is automatically dubbed, Dark Matter. 

    • Contrabass Soprano | Apr 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

      when a Christian says, “god is everywhere and shapes and influences everything in the universe, but we can’t see him directly, and have to study him indirectly,” they’re laughed out of the room. 

      but when a scientist says “Dark Matter is everywhere and shapes and influences everything in the
      universe, but we can’t see it directly, and have to study it
      indirectly,” they get Nobel Prizes.

      • Ronniedobbs | Apr 15, 2012 at 10:12 am |

         that’s because scientists use math, reason, scientific method…  christians just keep recycling the same old cliches, spreading willful ignorance and hypocrisy…

      • Calypso_1 | Apr 17, 2012 at 1:45 am |

        1)      If a Christian where to find themselves laughed out of a room for such statements (which is a dubious claim) they were probably being said in the wrong room.  There are rooms conveniently stationed all across the nation where such sentiments are wholly welcome.  They are called churches. 
        2)      No scientist has ever been given a Nobel Prize for Dark Matter.  The 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for the very observable effects of an expanding universe which is theorized to be caused by Dark Energy.  Dark Energy is not the same as Dark Matter or the Dark Lord.  http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2011/advanced-physicsprize2011.pdf
        3)      If a Christian where actually to put in to practice the teachings of their professed Lord and Savior they too might receive a Nobel Prize as Mother Teresa and MLK Jr. did when they were awarded the Peace Prize.

  2. Contrabass Soprano | Apr 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm |

    “dark matter collides with your body about once a minute.”

    by sheer coincidence, SpaceNeedle’s mom is nicknamed “dark matter”

    • Adamsshadow | Apr 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm |

      Wait…what are you trying to say? I’m not sure I get it…I don’t think it’s really a physics or science joke, per se –

      Wait a second! If “dark matter” comes into contact with a human body about once per minute, that’s a lot!  Dark matter collides with the human body pretty frequently!  And if the mother of the person who posted this article is perhaps nicknamed “dark matter,” that would imply she ALSO comes into contact with the human body a lot as well!  What kind of person, especially a person who is also a mother, would collide with other people with such regularity?  What kind of a person indeed?  Hmmm…Oh, I know!  A prostitute!  A prostitute frequently has sexual intercourse with other people, which involves physical contact, or a “collision,” if you will.  That means…

      Space Needle’s mom is a whore!  Just like dark matter. 

      So, so good.

      Seriously, so good.

  3. Lyes. More lyes to push agendas, cults etc.

  4. I feel violated. 

  5. What is commonly referred to as dark matter is normally referring to etheric matter.  The physical body has a dense element and an etheric double.  The mental body exists on a higher plane of etheric matter than the double.  So instead of being bombarded by dark matter, it is that part of us which we do not have physical instruments yet to measure.

  6. I see no mention of dark matter in the bible, therefore it cannot exist.

    • Calypso_1 | Apr 15, 2012 at 12:57 am |

      Genesis 1:2  ….without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.

    • gelikeasics | Apr 15, 2012 at 3:13 am |

       To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
      and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,
      which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
      Revelation 2:17

  7. Monkey See Monkey Do | Apr 15, 2012 at 2:45 am |

    So this is what i see when I smoke DMT?

    • Calypso_1 | Apr 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

      I think my cat sees this most of the time.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

         there is an old wives tale, that says when cats walk through a doorway or sits between a doorway, they are walking between the veil of the living world and the ghost world.

  8. could it be like a fish in water…does it know the water is there??? that could be like dark matter for us…

  9. The next thing to be privatized…

  10. got melenin?

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