I came across an article in The Guardian (definitely not the best source for science, but that's why I'm asking this question) that said that a team of scientists may have detected dark matter particles (characterized as axions) coming from the Sun. This seemed a little questionable, given how hard dark matter is to detect (and given how long scientists have searched for it). I have a multiple-part question:
- Have there been any independent peer-reviewed evaluations of the study? What were the conclusions regarding the accuracy of the results?
- How does the team know the supposed particles are axions, and not, say WIMPs?
The paper, by the way, can be found here.