First off, we would like to sincerely thank you for your support and continued interest in Secrets of the Universe. Almost a year has passed now since the launch of the crowdfunding campaign and the beginning of the Secrets of the Universe global community. Needless to say, this status update is a bit overdue. The Secrets of the Universe team has not been idle, and we’re reaching out to give you some exciting updates.

A NEW FOUNDATIONAL PARTNER

We would like to thank the Lounsbery Foundation for a generous grant that will help enable an improved production, including the inclusion of additional projects/machines in the film (see below). It is, in part, due to the overwhelming support from the SOTU community that this is possible. We look forward to working with the Lounsbery Foundation and utilizing this grant partnership to help take this project to where it deserves to be.

Yes, the project is alive and well! The multitude of partners (both organizations and individuals like yourself) for this project is uncommon, and input from leading physicists has given us a stronger perspective to tell the story we need to tell. In the time since the campaign, Super KEK in Japan and SNO Lab in Canada shared the Nobel Prize for neutrino research, and the DUNE project in the U.S. (also neutrino-focused) made key progress towards construction. Additionally, the fields of astrophysics and particle physics continue to complement each other. Recently, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III released a 3-D map of 1.2 million galaxies that sheds light on dark matter and dark energy. ESA’s EUCLID mission has begun to take shape, sending out a spacecraft into deep space to continue the complementary research on the unseen universe.

So, let’s look at what has been going on behind the scenes.

STORY DEVELOPMENT

Perhaps the biggest update on the project surrounds the evolution of the story. The LHC is undoubtedly THE key player in our quest for answers and a monument to the synergy of technology and scientific discovery. However, the story does not end there. The world of science has evolved into a truly global collaboration, and the machines we now have access to are as diverse as the people working with them. These two key story lines will now be better represented with the addition of a number of shoots and research projects.

SEEING THE INVISIBLE

As you know, our primary story focus of discovery is the (big) part of the universe we can’t see — dark matter and dark energy — and even the possibility of extra dimensions. Answers to these questions are not limited to one field of science or one type of machine. As such, we have added exciting projects (in addition to the focus on the LHC) to provide a broader perspective on this quest for answers, including both the Dune and Euclid projects, and, screen time and budget permitting, hope to add the anticipated expansion of the LHC at CERN.

 

COMMUNITY INFLUENCE

It would be a wasted opportunity to not bring you (a key partner in this exciting project) in on the conversation regarding story development. The feedback of the community can be an invaluable asset, both now and moving forward through production. Please take a look at a recent write-up for a grant-making organization, as well as the storyboard PowerPoint, to see where we are. We’d love to hear what you think.

PARTNERS

In conjunction with story development, we have brought on a number of notable partners that will enhance the film and magnify the impact of the project. Fermilab, for example, is a U.S.-based particle physics laboratory, is the newest partner and will have a role in the film! Their new project DUNE will be the first global research project hosted on U.S. soil: http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/march-2015/the-dawn-of-dune.

We hope you share our optimism in the progress being made — we feel strongly that recent developments have put us in a position to execute in a way that we all hope and expect. We look forward to your input and intend to send out more detail/communication very soon — stay tuned!

All the Best,
Secrets of the Universe Team