Searching for Dark Matter With Quantum Computers, One Blip of Light at a Time

For decades, scientists have struggled to define the stuff that comprises a quarter of the universe: dark matter. As experiments continue to turn up empty-handed, one team hopes to find dark matter by incorporating the laws that govern subatomic particles – quantum mechanics – with a nascent kind of technology called a quantum computer. It’s what’s brought Fermilab scientist Daniel Bowring, whose background is in accelerator physics, into the quantum computing laboratory of collaborator David Schuster at the University of Chicago. “The first time I went in there, I felt like Charlie entering Willie Wonka’s factory,” he said. Read More >>

Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Read More >>

Astronauts Have Been on a Spacewalk Today to Repair a Crucial Dark Matter Experiment

This afternoon, astronauts Andrew Morgan of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency were outside of the International Space Station (ISS). The duo were taking a space walk to fix a key dark matter experiment. You can watch the stream, which was recorded live, here: Read More >>

Could Antimatter Be the Portal Into the Dark Universe?

A new paper asks: What if antimatter is the portal into the dark universe? Read More >>

The Future of Particle Physics Is Bright, Bleak, and Magical

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider triumphantly announced the discovery of the Higgs boson back in the summer of 2012. Nicknamed “the God particle,” it was the last new undiscovered particle predicted by the backbone theory of particle physics. Read More >>

Physicists Create Lab System That Looks Like Theorised Dark Matter Particle

Scientists have discovered a phenomenon that looks a whole lot like a dark matter particle in a laboratory system, according to new research. Read More >>

This Theory Could Breathe New Life Into the Hunt for Dark Matter

Physicists don’t know where most of the Universe’s apparent mass has gone, and attempts to find it have so far failed. But a proposed particle born out of the Universe’s chaotic first moments may provide a candidate and a reasonable way to look for it. Read More >>

Physicists to Split £2.5 Million Breakthrough Prize for Supergravity

Physicists Sergio Ferrara, Dan Freedman, and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen will split a $3 million Breakthrough Prize (approximately £2.47 million) for their theory of supergravity, which drives much of today’s physics research toward our understanding of the universe. Read More >>

Physicists Wonder: Why Has No One Been Killed by Dark Matter?

The fact that no one has died from being struck by dark matter is enough proof to rule out certain ideas about the mysterious stuff, according to one new theory paper. Read More >>

How Physicists Measured the Rarest Event Ever Directly Observed

This past week, scientists announced that they’d made an incredible physics observation using a vat of liquid xenon. It’s officially the rarest nuclear decay—and really, the rarest event of any kind—ever directly measured. Read More >>

Dark Matter Detector Makes Incredible Neutrino Observation

A detector designed to hunt for dark matter has made a particle physics observation that will hopefully help physicists establish important truths about our Universe. No, it didn’t spot dark matter, but the new result proves that these ultra-sensitive detectors are valuable to scientists for multiple reasons. Read More >>

Physicists Propose Hunting for Signs of Dark Matter in Ancient Minerals

Physicists typically build large, complex experiments to hunt for dark matter particles coming from outer space, but what if clues to its existence have been hiding inside the Earth all along? One group of physicists proposes hunting for signs of it in ancient minerals, such as olivine or gypsum, that formed in the Earth’s mantle or in seawater. Read More >>

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Where Is Dark Matter? Another Experiment Fails to Find a Signal

A dark matter experiment in South Korea may soon confirm or deny an outstanding piece of dark matter evidence. Read More >>

Scientists Build Atomic Clocks Accurate Enough to Measure Changes in Spacetime Itself

Physicists have created atomic clocks so precise that they can measure deformations in spacetime itself, according to new research. Read More >>

So What’s Going on With That ‘Hurricane of Dark Matter?’

It’s the perfect science-fiction device: a hurricane of dark matter. Recent, real-life research has demonstrated that our Sun is currently engulfed in a so-called a stellar stream. Some publications have seized on this ominous-sounding idea, reporting that Earth is about to be walloped by a dark matter storm—but in fact, if it exists, we’re already inside the storm. The reality of the situation isn’t quite so dire, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Read More >>