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DC Is Introducing a Weird New Multiverse in Dark Nights: Metal

DC’s next big event, Dark Nights: Metal, is promising to head to some strange places. How strange? “The Justice League clad in ‘90s action figure armour plating fighting in an alien combat arena” strange. And honestly, it sounds kind of great. Read More >>

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The Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Releases Its First Results

Around eighty-five per cent of the matter scientists have detected in the universe comes from something we can’t feel or see. It’s a seemingly enormous amount of mass whose gravity bends other stars’ light and makes galaxies spin strangely. And scientists really, really want to know what this so-called dark matter is. Read More >>

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Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 years, in 2012, and gravitational waves, which were theorised 100 years ago, in 2016. This year, they’re slated to take a picture of a black hole. So, thought some theorists, why not combine all of the craziest physics ideas into one, a physics turducken? What if we, say, try to spot the dark matter radiating off of black holes through their gravitational waves? Read More >>

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Distant Galaxies Look Mysteriously Different From Our Own

There’s a gravitational anomaly that permeates our entire universe: The way most galaxies and clusters of galaxies behave implies that there’s around six times more matter than we actually observe. Scientists called the missing stuff that should create the unaccounted-for gravity we measure “dark matter.” Read More >>

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Mysterious Dark Matter Remains Maddeningly Elusive

The hunt for the elusive dark matter received yet another blow yesterday at an international conference in Sheffield. Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment announced that they found no hints of dark matter particles in their latest analysis, despite increasing the sensitivity of the experiment fourfold for its final run. Read More >>

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The Surprising Way Black Holes Are Shaping the Darkest Corners of the Universe

The most powerful supercomputer simulation of the Universe is providing important insights into how matter is distributed across large scales. Surprisingly, a significant portion of matter resides outside of galaxies and in the cosmic voids that permeate the cosmos. Read More >>

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‘Inflatable Dark Matter’ Could Explain Why We See Less Than Many Theories Predict

Many wonderful theories that explain the evolution of the universe fail because they predict more dark matter than is actually out there. Now a new paper proposes one event in the early universe that would reduce the amount of dark matter in all the theories. Read More >>

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The Best Dark Matter Signals Scientists Have Ever Recorded

It may look more like a young child's art assignment than anything else, but this is in fact the best dark matter signal that scientists have ever recorded. Read More >>

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Should We Mine Ancient Shipwrecks to Push Science Into the Future?

We humans are a sentimental horde, which is why we get squeamish about places where people used to live, and places where people bit the dust. But how much should we value preserving the past when it impedes our ability to move into the future? The battle over the fate of a few long-shipwrecked vessels is forcing us to confront some uncomfortable questions about progress. Read More >>

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Fearless Scientists Attempt to Make Dark Matter in a Lab, Probably Endangering Us All

Dark matter -- we don't properly know what it is, or what it does, but there's a good chance that the stuff exists out in the cosmos thanks to gravitational evidence, even if it's otherwise invisible. Call me a coward, but on the basis that we've no real idea what dark matter is, I'd say we should play it safe and not start mucking around trying to create the stuff. You know, in case it causes the end of the world or something. Read More >>

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Scientists Observe the Mysterious Hidden Structure of the Universe for the First Time Ever

In 1933, Fritz Zwicky — a Swiss astronomer working at CalTech — had an amazing revelation. He realised that the amount of matter that we can see through our telescopes doesn't match the behaviour of the Universe. There had to be something else that we couldn't see. Something that accounts for an astonishing 83 per cent of all existing matter but is invisible to us. Read More >>