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Release Date Thursday, July 6, 2017

SD Mines Physics Students Explore Boundary Between Science-Fiction and Science Fact at Denver Comic Con

The Society of Physics Students at SD Mines having some fun at Denver Comic Con while delving into some real science at their panel discussion, “Shedding Light on Dark Matter & Dark Energy." The panel included: James Haiston Jr., aka Quail Man from Doug; Michael Dowding, aka Mr. Incredible; Daniel Moore, aka Coop from Megas XLR and Joseph Petres, aka Mad Scientist.  

RAPID CITY, SD (July 6, 2017) – The Society of Physics Students at SD Mines presented a one-hour panel discussion titled “Shedding Light on Dark Matter & Dark Energy” at the Denver Comic Con last weekend.  

The panel delved into concepts like dark matter and dark energy in popular culture and examined the differences between science-fiction and science fact. 

“Science fiction is a fantastic form of entertainment when done right. Unfortunately, some writers are looking for a quick fix or loop hole for their stories. In many cases the science is used incorrectly (sometime hilariously) which can distract from the elements of the story or mislead the reader about how science really works. Our talk will address these issues along with some examples,” says Michael Dowding an instructor of physics at SD Mines and advisor to the school’s Society of Physics Students chapter.

The SD Mines Physics Department is involved in world-leading research projects underway at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD.  The facility is the deepest underground laboratory in North America and is home to major experiments such as the LZ, DUNE, MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR and CASPAR. Mines physicists and researchers are part of the effort on each of these experiments that probe the existence of dark matter, seek to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos and recreate the processes inside stars.

The 2017 Denver Comic Con attracted 115,000 people in total.




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