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10/20/16

99 percent invisible

With a small side project, astronomers discover a new type of galaxy.

08/10/16

Dark matter hopes dwindle with X-ray signal

A previously detected, anomalously large X-ray signal is absent in new Hitomi satellite data, setting tighter limits for a dark matter interpretation.  

08/09/16

The contents of the universe

How do scientists know what percentages of the universe are made up of dark matter and dark energy?

07/21/16

Dark matter evades most sensitive detector

In its final run, the LUX experiment increased its sensitivity four-fold, but dark matter remains elusive. 

01/19/16

A speed trap for dark matter

Analyzing the motion of X-ray sources could help researchers identify dark matter signals.  

12/14/15

LUX maps where dark matter isn't

The LUX experiment has drawn the best picture yet of what dark matter particles cannot be.

12/01/15

What could dark matter be?

Scientists don’t yet know what dark matter is made of, but they are full of ideas.

11/11/15

Dark matter’s newest pursuer

Scientists have inaugurated the new XENON1T experiment at Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy.

11/06/15

The light side of dark matter

New technology and new thinking are pushing the dark matter hunt to lower and lower masses.

11/03/15

The particle physics of you

Not only are we made of fundamental particles, we also produce them and are constantly bombarded by them throughout the day.

10/13/15

Xenon, xenon everywhere

It’s in the air we breathe, but it’s not so easy to get ahold of 10 metric tons of xenon in its liquid form.

09/17/15

Hitting the neutrino floor

Dark matter experiments are becoming so sensitive, even the ghostliest of particles will soon get in the way.

09/16/15

A light in the dark

The MiniCLEAN dark matter experiment prepares for its debut.

09/10/15

XMASS continues dark matter debate

XMASS is the latest of multiple experiments to contradict a previous dark matter discovery claim, but the conversation isn't over yet.

07/15/15

Miraculous WIMPs

What are WIMPs, and what makes them such popular dark matter candidates? 

05/26/15

A goldmine of scientific research

The underground home of the LUX dark matter experiment has a rich scientific history.