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Fraser
2012-Jul-12, 10:00 PM
A slim bridge of dark matter – just a hint of a larger cosmic skeleton – has been found binding a pair of distant galaxies together. According to a press release from the journal Nature, scientists have traced a thread-like structure resembling a cosmic web for decades but this is the first time observations confirming [...]

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Parallel Universes
2012-Jul-13, 04:57 AM
Could this Dark Matter possibly be composed of Higgs Boson's? Both are incredibly difficult to find. Another name for it is the Graviton isn't it? Just an idea. Dark Matter seems to hold Galaxies and clusters together. In effect the entire universe. Yet despite having such a huge gravitational field its hard to locate. If not then how about its anti-particle?

Noclevername
2012-Jul-13, 04:42 PM
Could this Dark Matter possibly be composed of Higgs Boson's? Both are incredibly difficult to find. Another name for it is the Graviton isn't it?

The Higgs field is supposed to be everywhere in the Universe that has space. Dark Matter is only in a few specific locations.

And the Higgs Boson is not a graviton. The Higgs is responsible for providing mass, while gravity is a reaction to mass.

Parallel Universes
2012-Jul-14, 02:43 AM
So a Higgs Boson has mass. In the absence of other particles what is to stop them clumping together into specific locations? thanks for clarifying. Perhaps Dark Matter is everywhere but more concentrated in specific regions.

Noclevername
2012-Jul-14, 03:34 AM
So a Higgs Boson has mass.

It doesn't have mass (one of the reasons it's so hard to find), it imparts mass to other particles. It's what's theoretically responsible for there being such a thing as mass.

Parallel Universes
2012-Jul-14, 03:47 AM
Sounds even more bizarrere than a photon. Yet if Dark Matter is clumping together into filaments then something must be holding it together. So Higgs could be the glue but then they are found everywhere so thats no surprise. Unless its some other field holding dark Matter together. What a tangled web we weave when at first we try to identify 80% of the universe.