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Scientists: Swelling ‘dark energy’ to swallow universe

/ 06:09 PM November 02, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – A groundbreaking study revealed that the universe is slowly being engulfed by dark energy, leaving a vast void of nothingness in its wake.

In a study published Oct. 30 in Physics Review Letters journal, cosmologists from the Universities of Portsmouth and Rome posited that traces of dark matter in the universe, which said to be the “cosmic scaffolding” supporting the universe, is being swallowed up by dark energy.

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David Wands, one of the members of the research team, said that the phenomenon would leave the universe with “almost nothing in it.”

“Dark matter provides a framework for structures to grow in the Universe. The galaxies we see are built on that scaffolding and what we are seeing here, in these findings, suggests that dark matter is evaporating, slowing that growth of structure,” Wands said.

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The study discredited known researches in the field of cosmology during the 1990’s which stated that the universe is expanding.

According to data from US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the universe is composed of 71.4 percent of dark energy, 24 percent of dark matter, 4.6 percent of atoms.

The research team is composed of Valentina Salvatelli, Najla Said, Marco Bruni, Alessandro Melchiorri, and David Wands from Universities of Portsmouth and Rome.

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