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I've been suspicious of DM for ages. It's always sounded like a cludge to me - our theory of gravity doesn't work at very large scales. So, which is more likely: the universe is rammed full of this weird, non-interactive dark matter that we can't detect; or our theory of gravity (a theory nearly 300 years old) isn't quite right?

I'll leave it to you to apply Occams razor.
27th Apr 2006, 16:17   | tags:,

Artist formally known as Spike says:

dust,, theres your answer!

27th Apr 2006, 16:53

DocD says:

Does stuff have to have a name?

27th Apr 2006, 17:00

Artist formally known as Spike says:

sorry, im referring to the phillip pullman novels!

27th Apr 2006, 17:04

neel says:

Dust is immoral, you heretic!

27th Apr 2006, 18:14

Electric Sheep says:

It's the number 42, obviously.

27th Apr 2006, 18:44

Dhamaka says:

I might read that - let me / us know what you think

27th Apr 2006, 22:40

mat says:

it's MOND* again. I like MOND, I'll put money on MOND or one of it's derivitives doing very well in the next ten years or so. This time it's MOND in the form of TeVeS (Tensor Vector Scalar, the theory's three gravity fields), which is down with general relativity (MOND wasn't), and even predicts the wobbles in the CMB. One universe, no Dark Matter required. N.E.A.T.

This, and Hawking's new crazy-ass sum-over-histories expansion for the entire observable universe last week, is why I will never not have an NS subscription. Most science excites me, but Big Physics is the best. You should read it. :)

* Modified Newtonian Dynamics. A theory of gravity that doesn't quite obey the inverse square law. Much like, apparantly, the universe doesn't do.

28th Apr 2006, 15:45