Study finds new ways of detecting dark matter in black holes

A new study proposes that Hawking radiation could be used to find dark matter in places like primordial black holes.

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  • A new paper narrowed down what type of black holes may be the best candidates for containing dark matter.
  • So far, dark matter has not been directly observed.
  • The research team also developed new techniques to spot Hawking radiation that potentially comes from black holes.
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Scientists find dark matter “bridges” that may reveal future of our galaxy

A new AI-generated map of dark matter shows previously undiscovered filamentary structures connecting galaxies.

CREDIT: Hong et. al., Astrophysical Journal.
  • Scientists use artificial intelligence to produce a new map of dark matter in the local universe.
  • The map's precision may lead to new insights into dark matter and the future of our universe.
  • The map contains previously unknown "hidden bridges" that link galaxies.
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Dark matter and dark energy: the mysterious ingredients in our universe

Science is an ongoing flirtation with the unknown.

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  • The history of modern cosmology is one of the great triumphs of the human imagination.
  • Still, mysteries abound, particularly the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
  • Science moves forward by embracing the unknown as a challenge; taking the wrong turn is part of the way forward.
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When Cern's gargantuan accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), fired up ten years ago, hopes abounded that new particles would soon be discovered that could help us unravel physics' deepest mysteries.
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‘Smoking gun’ dark matter signature possibly identified

Researchers propose a new method that could definitively prove the existence of dark matter.

Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Susan Stolovy (SSC/Caltech) et al.
  • Scientists identified a data signature for dark matter that can potentially be detected by experiments.
  • The effect they found is a daily "diurnal modulation" in the scattering of particles.
  • Dark matter has not yet been detected experimentally.
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