Curated by RSF Research Staff
Shadows of two failed searches loom over physics
There is an important yet often overlooked aspect of science, the null result in which an experiment does not detect what theory hypothesizes. Such null results are important because they suggest where current theory may be incorrect as well as support alternative explanations. It appears that the Standard Model of physics may be experiencing just such a situation, as experimenters have not detected evidence for two of the most substantial hypothesis to be proposed: dark matter and supersymmetry. Such null results point towards the need to pursue and evaluate alternative solutions to quantum gravity.