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We may not know what dark matter is, but we can still put it to work. The largest map of dark matter ever made (pictured) is one of several new ones that will help to nail the properties of the equally mysterious dark energy , which is thought to drive the universe's accelerating expansion. A group led by Catherine Heymans of the University of Edinburgh, UK, and Ludo Van Waerbeke of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, presented the huge map at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin, Texas, this week. Dark matter makes up 83 per cent of the universe's matter, but is invisible, so its presence must be inferred from its gravitational influence.
[under construction] "Earth is the special principle of diamagnetism, the root of anti-gravity." -Richard Lefors Clark
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-88244" title="LHCAltas1" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2011/12/LHCAltas1.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="440" /> Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider could be getting an early Christmas present: the Higgs boson. According to the latest rumors , scientists at the LHC are seeing a signal that could correspond to a Higgs particle with a mass of 125 GeV (a proton is slightly less than 1 GeV). Public talks are scheduled to discuss the latest results from ATLAS and CMS , two of the main LHC experiments, on Dec. 13.