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Science: The month ahead

By Anjana Ahuja   196

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which funnels British money into big international projects such as Cern, the pan-European research facility in Switzerland, decides this month whether the UK should throw its hat into the dark-matter ring. More than four-fifths of the universe’s mass remains unseen, inferred only by its gravitational effects. China, Japan, France, Italy and Canada are already backing experiments to detect WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles), which are thought to make up dark matter. Confirmation, which could come this decade, would be as big a deal as the discovery of the Higgs boson; dedicated STFC funding…

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