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June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science

The Other Side of Science

“Dark Matter”: Music and Lyrics by Jonny Berliner

Editor’s Note: Jonny Berliner is a UK-based singer/songwriter. His debut album, “Friend for All Seasons,” will be released shortly on his own label, MCM Recordings. He has also appeared on BBC network television and BBC local radio. You can find out more about Jonny Berliner's work on his web site.

When you look up in the sky at night you’re seeing a mystery
The physicists are in a twist ‘bout the forming of the galaxies
It’s a very heavy issue, it's an issue of gravity
It's a dark, dark matter

There needs to be a substance that we’re just not detecting
But it’s hard to find material that just ain’t reflecting
But maybe it's our theories just need some correcting
It's a dark, dark matter

So what does it feel like and how does it smell?
If you had some in a bucket, well how would you tell?
Can you sit on it, or sculpt it, or eat it as well?
It’s a dark, dark matter

We haven’t got a clue what this stuff consists of
It’s not made from any particle that there is a list of
And now it’s really pissing all the cosmologists off
It’s a dark, dark matter

So what does it feel like and how does it smell?
If you had some in a bucket, well how would you tell?
Can you sit on it, or sculpt it, or eat it as well?
It's a dark, dark matter

We’ve found that finding evidence is fairly demanding
It’s stretched us to the limits of our understanding
And then it opened up a can of worms
About why the Universe is still expanding
It’s a dark, dark matter


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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Science Writing Intern: Nadia Ramlagan

June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

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Articles in this Issue
Chinese Human Rights Advocate Receives APS Sakharov Prize
Workshop Attendees Get the Lowdown on Politics
Physics of Homeland Security is Focus of NE Section Meeting
APS Flips for PhysicsQuest
Space Debris Still a Growing Problem
New Ways Suggested to Probe Lorentz Violation
25th Anniversary Commemoration
Physicists Adopt Complementary Approaches in Dark Matter Search
April Meeting Prize and Award Recipients
Major Accelerators Closing in on Elusive Higgs Particle
Letters
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Profiles in Versatility
Focus on APS Topical Groups