Found in a cave? – Scientists have gotten a big Christmas present: Researchers at the Dept. of Energy’s Fermilab near Chicago have detected signals of what CERN is looking so hard for: that elusive substance known as dark matter.

And what are these experiments that have everyone so excited? They’re taking place inside an abandoned mine in Minnesota, right here in the US (instead of at CERN in Switzerland).

The world of physics is filled with gossip too, and in BBC News, Victoria Gill quotes researcher Carlos Frenk as saying that the world of cosmology is “awash with gossip [because] dark matter is what makes the Universe interesting. It is responsible for the bulk of thegravitational forces that give the Universe its shape.”

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