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.
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.