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The Large Hadron Collider Turns 10: Here’s What’s Next for Particle Physics

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of when the Large Hadron Collider first powered on. Since it’s already achieved its most well-known goal—to discover the Higgs boson—you might wonder what else is happening at the famous collider. Read More >>

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A New Hunt for a ‘Dark Force’ Begins This Month in Italy

This month, Italian physicists will turn on an experiment hunting for a fifth, dark force of nature, the Guardian reports. Read More >>

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The Dirtiest Fight in Physics Is About the Universe Itself

A fight over the very nature of the universe has turned ugly on social media and in the popular science press, complete with accusations of “cheating” and ad hominem attacks on Twitter. Most of the universe is hiding, and some scientists disagree over where it has gone. Read More >>

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How Will Future Civilisations Survive The Accelerating Expansion of The Universe?

If you think we have problems now, just wait a few billion years, when the accelerating expansion of the Universe triggers an energy crisis of cosmological proportions. Sounds grim, but as a new paper points out, an advanced civilisation faced with doom won’t have to go gently into that good night—there may very well be a way to rage against the dying of the light. Read More >>

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Why Particle Physicists Are Excited About This Mysterious Inconsistency

Scientists haven’t conclusively spotted any new particles since the Higgs boson, and that’s got some people worried—there are a tonne of other physics puzzles remaining, many of which would require the presence of a new particle to resolve. But recently, there have been some tantalising clues of new physics, perhaps a new particle, that many scientists are excited about. Read More >>

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Did Scientists Just Find a Missing Piece of the Universe?

It would be silly to think we completely understand our universe, given how small the Earth is compared to the vastness of the cosmos. But from here on our tiny planet, it appears that much of the universe is missing. And I’m not just talking about dark matter. Regular stuff seems to be missing, too. Read More >>

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New Results Cast Doubt on Strange Dark Matter Signal

The search for dark matter—the stuff that seems to make up most of the mass in the Universe, but which is invisible to us—is loaded with new ideas, tantalising hints, and incredibly advanced experiments. Unfortunately, none of science’s best efforts have yielded any definitive proof of dark matter’s identity. Read More >>

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The US Will Fund Another Super-Sensitive and Expensive Dark Matter Experiment

The US Department of Energy will fund the most sensitive search yet for theorised dark matter particles. It will sit over a mile underground, in a nickel mine near the Canadian city of Sudbury, according to a release. Read More >>

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Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter

Strong scepticism should always accompany strong claims. One such recent claim has generated a tonne of talk about a strange, fuzzy galaxy that appears to be missing its dark matter. Read More >>

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If Tiny Dark Matter Particle Exists, This Experiment Is Now Ready to Find It

Scientists are turning the tuning knob on an experiment that’s essentially a radio receiver inside of a magnet. It’s been around for years, but now it might finally be sensitive enough to hear a whole new kind of particle—one that could explain the mystery of the Universe’s dark matter. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, This Galaxy Has No Dark Matter 

From what scientists have gathered, galaxies are nearly synonymous with dark matter. They seem to be mostly dark matter with specks of regular matter mixed in. Despite the fact that no dark matter has been directly observed with science experiments, galaxies’ strange motion is the knock-out reason why astronomers think the universe is filled with six times more of this mysterious stuff than regular matter. Read More >>

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This Supposed Dark Matter Evidence Won’t Seem to Go Away

This past June, 500 kilograms of a specially fabricated crystal buried in an Italian mountain seemed to glow just a little brighter. It wasn’t the first time, nor the last—every year, the signal seems to increase and decrease like clockwork as the Earth orbits the Sun. Read More >>

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Dark Matter May Not Solve This Galactic Mystery After All

Physicists would love to find hints of dark matter to explain the parts of the universe we just haven’t been able to figure out. Dark matter would neatly explain the strange behaviours of galaxies and oddly bent light in our universe. But a new paper may have snuffed out dark matter as a candidate for a mystery at the centre of our galaxy. Read More >>

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Landmark Cosmic Observation Provides Tantalising Hints of Dark Matter

Today, scientists announced that they’d seen evidence of a long-sought signal from the first stars. This slight change to some ambient radio waves could herald the first step in a new kind of astronomy. But maybe, just maybe, it’s also evidence of dark matter interacting with regular matter in the ancient universe. Read More >>

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Portable Atomic Clock Makes First Measurement

With a new, “portable” atomic clock, scientists are measuring not what time it is but changes to time itself. Read More >>