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How virtual universes could unravel the secrets of dark matter: New models compute mysterious ‘force’ 25 times faster

Dark energy is a phrase used by physicists to describe a mysterious ‘something’ that is causing the universe to accelerate in its expansion. It is the ‘gravitational glue’ that holds galaxies together and is thought to make up five sixths of the universe’s mass. These substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature. But now a new computer model, twenty-five times faster than other methods, will allow scientists to compute virtual universes in the search of explanations about these mysteries.

Going Dark

Established in 2012, the Dark Energy Survey has had many successes – from helping identify Planet 9 to LIGO backup – but will it fulfill its ultimate aim of spotting the mysterious dark energy? Professor Ofer Lahav fills us in…

Public Lecture at KIPAC: Sarah Bridle (University of Manchester)

Date: 7:30pm Thursday May 12th, 2016
Title: “Seeing the Invisible: Observing the Dark Side of the Universe”
Location: SLAC, Science and User Support Building, Panofsky Auditorium

Five faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Five UChicago faculty members are among the 213 national and international scholars, artists, philanthropists and business leaders newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Profs. Joshua Frieman, Theaster Gates, Ali Hortaçsu, David Nirenberg and Michael Sells.

At This Art Exhibit, The Artists Are Also Astrophysicists

Scientists studying dark energy are amassing thousands of images of galaxies and exploding stars. Now, they’re finally getting an art show.

Planet Nine could be found by the end of the YEAR

Dark Energy Survey data is being used to identify the mysterious object ‘tugging’ on Nasa’s Cassini.

The Mystery of Dark Energy

Horizon looks at dark energy – the mysterious force that is unexpectedly causing the universe’s expansion to speed up.

Mysterious Gravitational Tug on Saturn May Help Find Planet Nine

Astronomers are homing in on the whereabouts of a hidden giant planet in our solar system, and could discover the unseen beast in roughly a year.

The Most Beautiful Sights in Space Get an Art Exhibition

Science is often visually stunning, but rarely do scientists flaunt the aesthetic qualities of their work.

Exhibit Highlights Images From Fermi’s Dark Energy Camera

A photography exhibit on display now at the Fermi Lab Art Gallery isn’t as much a mixing of art and science as much as it’s art that’s the result of science. Brian O’Keefe has the story.