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Best shows on Netflix (August 2017): 50 best Netflix TV series
Netflix shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to creating its own original content. The following shows will be out later in the year and all of them have had A Lot of money spent on them and big...
New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart
Measurements reveal a mismatchReidar Hahn, FermilabBy Shannon HallThe fate of the universe just became a little less certain. That’s due to a disagreement between a map of the early universe and a new...
Flashes of light on dark matter
A web that passes through infinite intergalactic spaces, a dense cosmic forest illuminated by very distant lights and a huge enigma to solve. These are the picturesque ingredients of a scientific research...
Huge police sting shuts two dark net markets
AlphaBay, the largest criminal marketplace on the dark web, and Hansa, the third largest, could have generated more than £1bn in revenue while they were open, according to a "conservative estimate" by...
Dark web crackdown as two biggest markets are taken offline
Hansa was one of the two dark web marketplaces to be taken down by police EuropolBy Timothy RevellTwo of the biggest criminal dark web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa, have been shut down by a police sting....
How the dark web’s gunrunners covertly ship US weapons to Europe
Purchased on the dark web?Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Timothy RevellAfter a mass shooting at a McDonald’s in Munich in 2016, authorities said that the gunman probably purchased his weapon on the...
How the dark web is used to sell illegal drugs like fentanyl
The so-called dark web: It’s a place to buy and sell illegal drugs, human organs and weapons, and it’s all taking place in the shadowy depths of the Internet.Most people don’t have access to the dark...
‘Dark Overlord’ hacker threatens to release new season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’
A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black,” and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new...
Trackers could unmask dark web users who think they’re anonymous
Taking a Tor of the dark web isn’t so anonymousxijian/GettyBy Edd GentDark web users may not be as anonymous as they think. There are a high number of potentially privacy-busting connections between the...
New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe
Once upon a time, the Universe was just a hot soup of particles. In those days, together with visible particles, other particles to us hidden or dark might have formed. Billions of years later scientists...
Keep an open mind on dark matter and rivals that do away with it
Julien Pacaud ASK most cosmologists and they’ll tell you the majority of matter in the universe is invisible. The case for dark matter is considered so overwhelming that all that is left to do is find...
See a green comet in the sky on St. Patrick's Day
If you plan to party on St. Patrick’s Day this Friday, make sure you can still see straight in order to spot a rare comet visit.Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will be visible tonight and it’s been getting...
Dark matter took its time to wrap around early galaxies
Andromeda’s stars all orbit at similar speedsAdam Evans/CC BY 2.0By Leah CraneDarkness gathers – but it can take time. About 10 billion years ago, massive star-forming galaxies were dominated by normal...
Dark matter is missing from young galaxies
Enlarge / The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, based in Chile.ESO reader comments 4 Share this story One of the earliest indications of the existence of dark matter came from an examination...
Why the dark net is more resilient to attack than the internet
Is it safer in the dark?Mina De La O/GettyBy Jennifer OuelletteThe internet is amazingly robust, but like any complex network is still prone to the occasional failure. A new analysis using network theory...
Astronomy: Dark matter mapped
One of the highest-resolution maps of dark matter ever created has now been revealed, offering a detailed case for the existence of cold dark matter -- sluggish particles that comprise the bulk of matter...
Frogs have unique ability to see color in the dark
The night vision of frogs and toads appears to be superior to that of all other animals. They have the ability to see color even when it is so dark that humans are not able to see anything at all, shows...
A history of dark matter
Enlarge / The Bullet Cluster, which has been viewed as a demonstration of dark matter.APOD reader comments 2 Share this story Across decades, the hunt for a dark matter particle has looked at many possible...
First evidence of dwarf galaxy merger boosts two cosmic theories
When galaxies collideNASA, ESA, S. Gallagher (The University of Western Ontario), and J. English (University of Manitoba)By Chelsea WhyteCOLLISION imminent. Astronomers have found the first evidence of...
New ideas on gravity would vanquish dark matter
Enlarge / The bullet closer, which has been viewed as a demonstration of dark matter.APOD reader comments 11 Share this story Throughout the Universe, there are lots of signs that there's more gravity...
No sign of seasonal dark matter after four years of searching
Jpienaar13 CC-By-SA 4.0By Jennifer Ouellette Dark matter has just suffered another blow. Only one experiment claims to have seen signs of the mysterious stuff, and now the massive XENON100 experiment...
Vera Rubin, pioneering astronomer, dead at 88
PRINCETON, N.J. — Vera Rubin, a pioneering astronomer who helped find powerful evidence of “dark matter” in the universe, has died. She was 88.Allan Rubin says his mother died Sunday night of natural causes....
First test of rival to Einstein’s gravity kills off dark matter
Gravitational lensing is a famous prediction of Einstein’s gravityNASA, N. Benitez (JHU), T. Broadhurst (Racah Institute of Physics/The Hebrew University), H. Ford (JHU), M. Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig...
Dark matter that talks to itself could explain galaxy mystery
Spinning puzzleRobert Gendler/Science Photo LibraryBy Shannon HallDARK matter might talk to itself. The mysterious substance that outweighs all visible matter in the cosmos might be best explained if...
How dark matter killed dinosaurs
Dr Lisa Randall is bringing her creative and imaginative brand of particle physics to Australian audiences. IT’S hard to find a more unique scientist than Lisa Randall. The accomplished theoretical physicist...
‘The universe is tearing itself apart’
Three theories about the universe's fate come to life, as we explore the battle between dark matter and dark energy, and whether the cosmos will collapse, freeze, or rip to oblivion. This image taken by...
Meet the Aussie king of online drugs
Authorities executed 11 search warrants and arrested four people during the multi agency 'Darknet Period of Action? operation targeting drugs sent to order through the dark net. Pixelated unrecognisable...
Gaia’s new star map will also reveal asteroids and dark matter
Cat’s Eye Nebula: 3000 light years away, as seen by Hubble and Gaia NASA/ESA/HEIC/The Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA (background image); ESA/Gaia/DPAC/UB/IEEC (blue points)By Shannon HallGaia is on a...
Dark matter clumps may have punched through star stream
Artist’s impression of dark matter clumps around a Milky Way-like galaxyV. Belokurov, D. Erkal, S.E. Koposov (IoA, Cambridge). Photo: Color image of M31 from Adam Evans. Dark matter clumps from Aquarius,...
Ghost galaxy is 99.99 per cent dark matter with almost no stars
Credit: Pieter van Dokkum, Roberto Abraham, Gemini, Sloan Digital Sky SurveyBy Shannon HallThe Milky Way has a dark twin. A dimly lit massive galaxy, called Dragonfly 44, consists of a record 99.99 per...
Tiny robots to map the universe
A view of the ProtoDESI set up during assembly at Berkeley Lab. Picture: Paul Mueller/Berkeley Lab HUMANS love to map our surroundings but there’s one area that remains very much a mystery. Google has...
Has a new, fifth force of nature been found?
There may be a fifth force of nature, a new study suggests."If true, it's revolutionary," study lead author Jonathan Feng, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine,...
NASA's Fermi mission expands its search for dark matter
Dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, continues to vex scientists, but three creative studies using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have helped whittle down...
Mysterious dark brain cells linked to Alzheimer’s and stress
This illustration shows microglia in blueJuan Gaertner/Science Photo LibraryBy Andy CoghlanMysterious shrunken cells have been spotted in the human brain for the first time, and appear to be associated...
Interview: This is how to go dark, by an ex-MI5 agent who's done it
How to go dark, by an ex-MI5 agent who's done itWe live in a time when it's never been easier for people to get detailed information about us. We don't think twice about adding endless nuggets of facts...
Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web)
reader comments 0 Share this story Allow Harry Brignull to explain.It happens to the best of us. After looking closely at a bank statement or cable bill, suddenly a small, unrecognizable charge appears....
Better defining the signals left by as-yet-undefined dark matter at the LHC
Physicists still don't exactly know what dark matter is. Indeed, they can only see its effect in the form of gravity. Now, the high energy physics community has developed a set of simplified models which...
Our latest search for dark matter suggests we're looking in the wrong place
Deep underground, at the bottom of a mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, scientists have been working for three years on one of the most sensitive experiments ever conducted.They've been trying to...
Dark matter still MIA after most exhaustive search yet
Lux, a xenon-based dark matter detector.Lawrence Berkeley Lab reader comments 17 Share this story Today, the team behind one of the most sensitive dark matter detectors announced its full experimental...
World's most sensitive dark matter detector completes search
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its search...
Dark matter no-show puts favoured particles on death row
The LUX detector has sensitive eyes, but still hasn’t seen dark matterC.H. FahamBy Jacob AronOne of the world’s leading dark matter detectors has wrapped up a nearly two-year-long search for the mysterious...
Experiment Fails To Shed Light On Dark Matter
The mission to uncover the mysterious hidden material used the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) container placed within a tank filled with 72,000 gallons of high purity water.The point of the water is to...
Accelerating research into dark energy
A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by scientists. Making up 95 percent of our universe, these substances...
Bully particle beats up atoms to fix cosmic accounting glitch
Where did the lithium go?Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo LibraryBy Joshua SokolA mysterious particle may have terrorised the first atoms in the universe – and then vanished. The culprit may explain...
Hubble spots a new long-lived storm raging on Neptune
NASA, ESA, and M.H. Wong and J. Tollefson (UC Berkeley)By Lisa Grossman Neptune has a new freckle. On 16 May, images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that there is a dark vortex in Neptune’s...
Hubble confirms new dark spot on Neptune
New images confirm the presence of a dark vortex on Neptune. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1989 and by Hubble in 1994, this vortex is...
Doctors issue unusual warning for those using smartphones in the dark
Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 6:17 PM EDT LONDON -- Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking...
Did gravitational wave detector find dark matter?
When an astronomical observatory detected two black holes colliding in deep space, scientists celebrated confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves. A team of astrophysicists wondered...
Torrent website trolls anti-piracy crusaders
Simon Canning speaks with Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation's CEO about piracy and why we do it. You mean you can’t shut the websites down? WITH anti-piracy groups putting pressure on internet...
What we now know about the universe
On Tuesday, astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope said they had verified the existence of 1,284 newly discovered planets around distant stars, doubling the number of alien worlds detected by the...
MACHOs make a return with gravitational wave discovery
An animation of the black hole in action. Back in February, researchers at LIGO made the historic discovery of gravitational waves, predicted a century earlier. The waves were generated by a pair of black...
Scientist suggests possible link between primordial black holes and dark matter
An intriguing alternative view is that dark matter is made of black holes formed during the first second of our universe's existence, known as primordial black holes. A scientist suggests that this interpretation...
Astronomers discover dark matter galaxy, by accident
Sometimes, a flaw in your magnifying glass can be a good thing; in the case of some new research, it can even reveal invisible dark matter galaxies.Astronomers probing the sky used the gravity of a massive...
'Dark Souls 3' review: Difficult but totally rewarding
Challenging but consistently compelling, FromSoftware’s new “Dark Souls 3” will have you fighting adversaries for hours while telling yourself "this will be the one!” The latest installment in the “Dark...
Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark
Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. And their fishy false eyes could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical...
How to Read a Secret Magazine
Comments Written by Pratik Kanjilal | Published:April 10, 2016 3:00 am The darknet is dark as in dark matter, not as in the Dark Side. It is simply invisible to the unaided eye The darknet appears to...
World’s dumbest dark web vendor
The dark web provides anonymity, except when you try and trademark your brand. THE obvious benefit for using the dark web to sell illegal drugs is the anonymity the service provides, which ultimately makes...
Ghostly galaxies are light on stars but heavy on dark matter
Virgo cluster: not so starry but a lot of the dark stuffRoyal Observatory, Edinburgh/AATB/Science Photo LibraryThere’s more than meets the eye. Astronomers have weighed a so-called ultra-diffuse galaxy...
The Division interview: abandoned features and DLC plans
With The Division now live, players are taking to the streets of a meticulously detailed New York in a desperate effort to save what's left of the city and restore order in the wake of a smallpox outbreak....
Dark matter satellites trigger massive birth of stars
Around large galaxies, such as the Milky Way, these dark matter sub-halos are large enough to host enough gas and dust to form small galaxies on their own, and some of these galactic companions, known...
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