Dark matter highlights extra dimensions

Posted on September 5, 2005 

Dark matter highlights extra dimensions – Three new ‘directions’ could explain astronomical puzzle.

Dark matter highlights extra dimensions

Welcome to the fourth dimension. And the fifth, and the sixth. A team of astrophysicists claims to have identified evidence that space is six-dimensional.

Joseph Silk of the University of Oxford, UK, and his co-workers say that these extra spatial dimensions can be inferred from the perplexing behaviour of dark matter. This mysterious stuff cannot be seen, but its presence in galaxies is betrayed by the gravitational tug that it exerts on visible stars.

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