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WIMP

1. Computing windows, icons, menus (or mice), pointers: denoting a type of user-friendly screen display used on small computers
2. Physics weakly interacting massive particle

WIMP

Abbrev. for weakly interacting massive particle. A hypothetical elementary particle that is a candidate for dark matter. It is a stable neutral particle, somewhat heavier than the neutron, that interacts only weakly with ordinary matter. Theory indicates that sufficient WIMPS could have formed in the early Universe to account for the high proportion of dark matter.

WIMP

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WIMP

(operating system)
Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (or maybe Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pull-down menus).

The style of graphical user interface invented at Xerox PARC, popularised by the Apple Macintosh and now available in other varieties such as the X Window System, OSF/Motif, NeWS, RISC OS and Microsoft Windows.

See menuitis, user-obsequious, window system.

WIMP

(1) (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointing device) A synonym for a graphical user interface (GUI). However, the term is sometimes used as a derogatory reference to a GUI by programmers who like to type commands on the command line. See command line and GUI.

(2) (WiMP) An earlier music streaming service from Norway-based Aspiro AB. Introduced in 2010, WiMP offered songs the in AAC and high-resoultion FLAC and ALAC formats. In 2015, WiMP merged into the TIDAL music service. See TIDAL.
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[[Omega].sub.m] = 0.3 [+ or -] 0.1, of which about 1/3 is hot dark matter, presumably neutrinos, and 2/3 is cold dark matter, perhaps weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs (the universe is not closed by any form of matter);
The new findings have generated intense interest because detection of the particles, called both WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles) and neutralinos, could settle a decades-old mystery in cosmology and help unify the four fundamental forces of physics.
The type of dark matter that Adams and Laughlin assume exists is known as weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPS).
One initially promising idea that no longer looks so attractive is the possibility of the existence of previously undetected particles known as weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs.
If CHAMPs are discovered and proved the missing matter, knocking rivals such as weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) out of the ring, then scientists will have a marvelous new material to play with and investigate.
It's a way of keeping speculation about dark matter from falling entirely into the hands of particle physicists, who have proposed an array of strange candidates, from weakly interacting massive particles to cosmic strings (SN: 3/4/89, p.138), to account for the missing mass.
This "shadow" matter could take the form of quark nuggets that become coupled with ordinary matter, or miniature black holes created by the stellar capture of hypothetical particles known as WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles).