Milky Way’s ‘satellite galaxies’ may shed light on dark matter

Satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way galaxy may give researchers insight into dark matter and even the origins of our universe.

Nathan Collins-Stanford • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Dark matter isn’t behind mysterious space signals

In the search for elusive dark matter, even a setback can open up new paths forward.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~6 min

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What’s the temperature of dark matter?

Physicists have put a limit on the warmth—and therefore the mass—of dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up about a quarter of our universe.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~3 min

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Facebook-style algorithms hunt for dark matter in space maps

Algorithms similar to the ones Facebook uses to recognize faces in photos may help researchers get a better picture of the universe's dark matter.

Oliver Morsch-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 18, 2019 ~6 min

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Is dark matter older than the Big Bang?

Exactly what dark matter is and how it came to be is still a mystery, but new calculations could add to our understanding of its origins.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Aug. 9, 2019 ~4 min

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Physicists to hunt dark matter in a former gold mine

In a mine where workers once risked their lives to find gold, researchers now seek the ultimate treasure in particle physics—dark matter.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~9 min

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Half-life of xenon 124 is about 18 sextillion years

Physicists report the first direct observation of two-neutrino double electron capture for xenon 124, the process it uses to decay.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 24, 2019 ~6 min

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Is the Higgs boson actually a ‘portal to the dark world’?

Now that they've identified the Higgs boson, scientists have set their sights on an even more elusive target: the world of dark matter and energy.

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
April 24, 2019 ~4 min

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Physics fight: Theoretical or experimental?

Check out this video to hear physicists go head-to-head over which is better: theoretical or experimental physics.

Boston University • futurity
April 4, 2019 ~3 min

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Simulation upends ideas about massive black hole births

New research offers new clues to the formation of massive black holes, which may be more common than first thought.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Jan. 28, 2019 ~9 min

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