November 1, 2012
The Dark Matter Hunt Is On – Are You Up To The Challenge
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Elusive dark matter makes up for about 95 percent of the mass of the universe, but scientists have had a hard time finding it.
Now, researchers are inviting the public to help them in searching for one of science's biggest mysteries.
The scientists behind the contest hope that it will inspire thousands of people to use a variety of techniques to detect dark matter.
They expect the competition to attract people who solve numerical problems for a living, such as scientists, statisticians and data engineers.
They believe a solution may be found by adapting an existing problem-solving tool from a field of expertise outside astronomy.
Prizes of $12,000, $5,000, and $3,000 will be awarded to the winners of the competition, which is being provided by Winton Capital. Winton is a world leader in applying advanced scientific methods to today's finance problems in a collaborative environment that rewards innovation and robust research discoveries.
These techniques could be used to help astronomers better understand how the clusters have been formed, and create a map of dark matter.
Winton will be reviewing the entries and will offer interviews to the creators of those submissions they find exceptional.