The search for dark matter gets a speed boost from quantum technology

Researchers have found a way to speed up the search for dark matter using technology from quantum computing. By squeezing quantum noise, detectors can now look for axions twice as fast.

Benjamin Brubaker, Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Physics, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Feb. 10, 2021 ~9 min

Mysterious X-rays may be first sign of ‘ghost particles’

Researchers may have found the first evidence axions, hypothetical particles that could unravel some of the universe's mysteries.

Morgan Sherburne-Florida • futurity
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Harvard scientist turns space images into music

Team uses data from space telescopes to create music.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

Pulling the secrets of dark matter out of a hat

Grad student Chiara Salemi and Professor Lindley Winslow use the ABRACADABRA instrument to reveal insights into dark matter.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Harvard physicist works to understand dark matter

Harvard scientist Cora Dvorkin works to understand nature of dark matter.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 5, 2020 ~9 min

Dark matter: our method for catching ghostly haloes could help unveil what it's made of

A new method suggests we should aim to detect dark matter haloes by tracing galactic gas.

Andreea Font, Astrophysicist, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Galaxy simulations shed light on Milky Way’s origins

New galaxy simulations could help reveal the origins of the Milky Way and provide clues in the decades-long search for dark matter, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Coronavirus: techniques from physics promise better COVID-19 models – can they deliver?

Neuroscientist Karl Friston claims generative modelling techniques produce more valid predictions than conventional models, but the evidence so far is limited.

Derek Groen, Lecturer in Simulation and Modelling, Brunel University London • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Half the matter in the universe was missing – we found it hiding in the cosmos

Cosmologists had only been able to find half the matter that should exist in the universe. With the discovery of a new astronomical phenomenon and new telescopes, researchers just found the rest.

Jean-Pierre Macquart, Associate Professor of Astrophysics, Curtin University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~11 min