Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Help Discover Dark Matter in the Universe, Win Money"

From Wired:
The contest, called Observing Dark Worlds, aims to capitalize on the ever-growing field of citizen science, where non-experts are asked to sift through data to help make discoveries. While most citizen science projects rely on people’s free time, this contest is looking to give out cash prizes, to the tune of $20,000.

Dark matter is thought to be a strange form of matter that doesn’t interact with electromagnetism and light. It is all-pervasive in the universe, accounting for roughly 85 percent of the matter in the cosmos. While astronomers can’t directly see dark matter, its effects can still be observed....MORE
HT: Newmark's Door