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BREAKING: An Oxford Scientist May Have Solved the Mystery of Dark Matter

One of the most maddening mysteries in modern physics is that of dark energy and dark matter. As the name suggest they are unknown material and energy that observations propose exist in the universe more than normal matter, but that we can’t see. Researchers believe that these two together account for up to 95 percent of the total mass in the cosmos.

Now, a scientist at the University of Oxford says a new theory might explain all that “dark phenomena” — and it’s a totally a mind-bender.

The study, issued in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, proposes that dark matter and energy can both be understood if they’re looked at as a “negative mass fluid.” Essentially, this unseen fluid acts as the opposite way of all normal materials: if you were to push it, it would move toward you instead of away.

Jamie Farnes, the Oxford astrophysicist who came up with this new theory, designed a computer model to discover how this dark fluid would affect the cosmos. He discovered that it could clarify why galaxies hold together as they rotate instead of flying apart — a tempting clue that his new model might solve existing astrophysical puzzles.

In an article for The Conversation, Farnes acknowledges that the negative mass theory could be incorrect — but also shows hope that, if it’s validated  by future observations, it might deliver a new model for explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Farnes writes: “Despite these efforts, a negative mass cosmology could be wrong. The theory seems to provide answers to so many currently open questions that scientists will — quite rightly — be rather suspicious. However, it is often the out-of-the-box ideas that provide answers to longstanding problems. The strong accumulating evidence has now grown to the point that we must consider this unusual possibility.”

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