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South Pole Telescope Homes In on Dark Energy, Neutrinos
April 2, 2012
Analysis of data from the 10-meter South Pole Telescope is providing new support for the most widely accepted explanation of dark energy--the source of the mysterious force that is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe. The results also are beginning to hone in on the masses of neutrinos, the most abundant particles in the universe, which until recently were thought to be without mass.
University of Chicago
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