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Dark Matter And The Dinosaurs

Lisa Randall | Posted 11.01.2015 | Science
Lisa Randall

Though both dark matter and dinosaurs are independently fascinating, you might reasonably assume that this unseen physical substance and this popular biological icon are entirely unrelated. And this might well be the case. But the Universe is by definition a single entity and in principle its components interact.

Seeing Dark Matter As The Key To The Universe -- And Human Empathy

Lisa Randall | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science
Lisa Randall

Most people mistake their own perspective, shaped by their subjective and limited perception, for the absolute reality of the external world. Questioning this assumption is what advanced our research on dark matter. It is also the only thing that has ever advanced human empathy.

This Physicist Says Dark Matter May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Science

As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff. We can't see it. We can't hear it or feel it, and we certainly can't smell or tas...

Our Place in the Cosmos

Mario Livio | Posted 10.19.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

If our Galaxy truly contains many intelligent civilizations, some of which may be ahead of us by a billion years, how is it possible that we have not seen any sign of them yet? Nobody knows the answer to this so-called "Fermi Paradox," but one of the speculations is that there exists some bottleneck to the emergence of intelligent civilizations, and that this bottleneck could have either been in our past, or we will hit upon it in the future.

Do We Really Know What's Real? The Most Optimistic Answer Is Maybe

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

Three great unsolved mysteries remain, and they are the same riddles asked by ancient Greek philosophers: What is the universe made of? Where did the universe come from? How do we know what's real?

Physics' Split Personality: Is the Dark Side Winning?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

But in the last half century or so, a great many theories either cannot be proven through gathering evidence or barely can be.

How the Universe Pulled a Vanishing Act

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

The issues facing modern physics are so baffling that they've crossed a threshold and now fascinate the general public. We laymen have very little at ...

The Big Unanswered Questions

Lawrence M. Krauss | Posted 05.14.2015 | Science
Lawrence M. Krauss

Would a small change in even one of the fundamental constants cause the whole edifice to crumble? This question, while fundamental, may also seem completely inaccessible.

Detailed Map of Dark Matter Announced

Don Lincoln | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

Using a very sophisticated camera containing 570 million pixels, scientists imaged distant galaxies, looking for tiny distortions in the galaxies' shapes. This distortion is caused by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.

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ASSEMBLAGE: Meet Queer Performance Artists Dark Matter | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices

“ASSEMBLAGE“ is an inquiry into the different ways artists utilize performance and technology to explore and express different notions of identity...

Evidence For Dark Matter Finally Found?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science

After a decades-long search, astronomers may finally have found the first sign of dark matter. That's the invisible substance that scientists believe ...

Dark Matter -- Still Dark

Mario Livio | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

Dark matter continues to live up to its name. The most recent results from the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft appear to cast serious doubt on previous claims of potential detections of the elusive dark matter particles.

Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Scientists have assigned the role of Mister Answer to science, the source of knowledge on every subject. This is peculiar because science does not accept a complete body of knowledge at any one time as final, therefore no answer can be final. This is how science progresses. Scientists, though, often forget that.

'Missing' Light Has Astronomers Scratching Their Heads | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science

An extraordinary amount of ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe, scientists have found. One potential source of this missing l...

WATCH: 'What We Found Could Not Be Explained By Known Physics'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science

When astronomers detected a strange signal in a massive galaxy cluster millions of light years from Earth, they knew they had stumbled upon something ...

Have Scientists Found Dark Matter? | Mike Wall | Posted 06.26.2014 | Science

Two spacecraft have detected a possible signal of dark matter, the mysterious, invisible stuff that makes up most of the material universe. NASA's ...

Exploring the Invisible

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Much of modern physics has been about exploring inherently invisible things, which seem to be far more common than the obvious things we experience with our senses. Yet these invisible things follow rigorous laws that allow us to test their existence in many ways. Here is a very short list of some of the "invisible" things that we routinely work with.

Neutron Death Mystery Stymies Physicists

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

Despite decades of taking measurements, scientists cannot agree on how long neutrons live. Neutrons are stable inside atoms, but on their own they dec...

Chilly Neutrons Help Shed Light On 'Dark' Mysteries | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.06.2014 | Science

Neutrons bouncing in Earth's gravity are helping to shed light on two of the greatest mysteries in the universe, dark matter and dark energy, researc...

Have Physicists Found Dark Matter's Hiding Place? | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 05.01.2014 | Science

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says...

Dark Matter Could Trigger Species-Killing Cataclysms, Physicists Say | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 04.29.2014 | Science

Dark matter could sling lethal meteors at Earth, potentially causing mass extinctions like the cataclysm that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, Harvard sc...

WATCH: Has Space Telescope Spotted Dark Matter? | Mike Wall | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

Astronomers have perhaps their best lead to date about the nature of dark matter, the strange and invisible stuff that dominates the material univers...

Wait, What Is The Higgs Boson Made Of?

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.11.2014 | Science

Updated April 4 at 10:51 a.m. ET. The Higgs boson — a particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass — is tiny, but it may not ...

Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs?

Amir Aczel | Posted 05.10.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

New research suggests a tantalizing hypothesis: that the dark matter in the Milky Way caused the mass extinction 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, as well as other mass extinctions, which seem to take place somewhat regularly, with a period of some 35 million years.

Did Dark Matter Disk Kill The Dinosaurs?

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 03.09.2014 | Science

A thin disk of dark matter running through the Galaxy might be behind the large meteorite strikes that are thought to be responsible for some of Earth...