After all the recent buzz in the internet, CDMS has finally reported their data on direct dark matter detection. They saw two events after tagging and cutting in a blind analysis where about 0.6-0.8 events were expected background. The final statistical probability of the events detected being background was quoted at 23%.
So the news is “Dark matter not detected yet… but maybe it was”.
The auditorium where we saw this information revealed was full, and there was a lot of interest in the minutiae of the experiment. For more information, visit the CDMS site.
If the data are indeed due to dark matter detection, then the next round of experiments could be really impressive. Stay tuned for more.