Monday, July 09, 2012

The week the universe changed

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Eden Phillpotts

James Burke coined the term the day the universe changed as a catchphrase for his TV series on scientific progress.
But last week, our universe actually did change -- or at least, what we could see of it.
Astronomers saw the dark matter linking galaxies the day after physicists thought they had found the Higgs Bosun particle

And for the first time ever physicists last week also photographed the shadow of an atom.
 Shadow Image (ytterbium atom)

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