SILVER SPRING, Md., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It's arguably one of the biggest scientific questions of our time – what is dark matter? These enigmatic particles make up some 85 percent of the matter in our Universe, but scientists have yet to interact with them directly. Now, a new CuriosityStream Original premiering today, The Hunt for Dark Matter, chronicles the work of an international research team embarking on one of the most ambitious efforts yet to expose the seemingly invisible building blocks of our Universe.
"This is exactly the kind of programming that makes CuriosityStream unique—our focus on leading-edge science and exploration, presented in an engaging and relatable way that's easy to watch," said Rob Burk, executive producer for CuriosityStream. "This is what people tune to us for—the most current, accurate science that's also accessible and relevant for modern life."
Presented in vivid Ultra HD 4K, The Hunt for Dark Matter takes viewers on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look inside the 16-mile-long Large Hadron Collider tunnel, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator housed underground at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the French/Swiss border. Here, several teams are collaborating to upgrade the world's largest particle physics experiments. One of the most far-reaching components of this program is the CMS High-Granularity Calorimeter (HGC). In layman's terms, the HGC is essentially the highest resolution slow-motion camera ever built.
This colossally sensitive system is comprised of more than 22,000 sensors capable of capturing an image every 25 nanoseconds. With that power, the HGC will collect 10 TB of data per second, the equivalent of a 1,000-word essay being written by every human on the planet every second, all in the search for clues about the most basic building blocks of our Universe, including the elusive dark matter particles.
"The first evidence of dark matter was discovered in 1938, and for the first time, we now have the technology capable of actually detecting it directly and of producing it with accelerators and inferring its presence by means of a multitude of ingenious techniques," said Joseph Incandela, Ph.D., Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who was also part of the team that discovered the Higgs Boson elementary particle in 2012. "The data we glean from this project could help us to take the next big step forward in understanding the formation of our Universe, how it evolved, how we got here, and possibly where we're headed."
The film by Daniel H. Birman Productions, the team behind the CuriosityStream Original Conscious Capitalism, also features insightful interviews with world-renowned physicists, engineers, astronomers and astrophysicists including David Barney, Ph.D., physicist and project manager at CERN, and Richard Ellis, Ph.D., professor of astrophysics at University College London.
"In addition to the fascinating science behind The Hunt for Dark Matter, there's also a powerful story of humanity within this film," Birman said. "CERN and the work performed there are international pursuits, with thousands of scientists and engineers from countries all over the world, working side-by-side in one common effort: the quest for discovery. This film beautifully highlights the global reach of science and its power to unify us as a planet, regardless of the political or cultural differences and boundaries that might separate us."
The Hunt for Dark Matter is available to watch now by starting a free trial at www.CuriosityStream.com.
CuriosityStream is the world's first ad-free, on-demand streaming service for documentary and nonfiction programming. Over 1,500 shows from the world's best filmmakers are available to watch on most streaming devices, including Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android, starting at just $2.99 per month. Focused on offering enriching and enlightening content covering science, history, technology and nature, CuriosityStream was founded by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks. For more information, visit www.curiositystream.com.
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