Scientists unveil contest to boost knowledge on dark matter

11/1/2012 |

Scientists are holding a contest called Observing Dark Worlds in an effort to boost understanding on the nature of dark matter, which they believe composes 83% of the matter in the universe. The competition, which will award prizes of $12,000, $5,000 and $3,000, encourages people experienced in evaluating huge datasets, including engineers and statisticians, to create techniques to examine images of large galaxy clusters taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. "This competition could make a real difference in solving an enigma that has puzzled astronomers for decades," said David Harvey, an astronomer from the University of Edinburgh.

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