Dark Matter: What the Heck Is It?

By Staff

Dark matter makes up about nine-tenths of all matter in the universe, which is why it’s so frustrating that people have no idea what it really is. I used to think that dark matter was where lost socks, checks-in-the-mail, and campaign promises went to hide in the universe. But then I watched this handy sixty-second Instant Egghead video from Scientific American. In the video, George Musser explains the basic idea of dark matter using crumbs, coffee and a CD. Turns out that dark matter is non-baryonic matter, and even scientists don’t know much about it. —Brendan Mackie

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