dark energy

The Particle Physics Of You

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Fourteen billion years ago, when the hot, dense speck that was our universe quickly expanded, all of the matter and antimatter that existed should have annihilated and left us nothing but energy. And yet, a small amount of matter survived. We ended up with a world filled with particles. And not just any particles–particles whose… Keep reading →

Oil Drops To $96 A Barrel As Energy Prices Decline 1.4 Percent In April

Comparisons are being made to the volatile markets of 1998 due to oil testing lows, the struggle of emerging markets and a strong a strong dollar that is threatening to knock over debt dominoes. [CNBC] The Australian region of Victoria is planning to fast-track the construction of 50 new wind turbines worth $200m, countering the fossil fuel friendly… Keep reading →


It’s #SpaceWeek on Energy.gov. Throughout the week we’ll be exploring energy and science on the cosmic frontier. Tune in on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. Dark energy remains one of science’s great mysteries. Scientists believe it makes up about 70 percent of the universe and is causing an acceleration in the expansion of the universe,… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Oil Rig Count Continues To Plunge, with a Baker Hughes rig survey reporting the number of rigs is down 30% from November. “America’s oil and gas drillers laid down 98 rigs last week, 84 oil rigs and 14 gas rigs. The number of rigs drilling horizontal wells into shale formations topped out at 1,372 in… Keep reading →

Chile Dark Energy Photo Lab

Scientists believe that 70 percent of the universe is made up of dark energy — a mysterious force that works in opposition to gravity. Dark energy may explain why the universe is expanding more and more quickly, in direct conflict with the expectation from Einstein’s theory of general relativity that gravity should slow down the… Keep reading →


From the earliest days of the space race, the Energy Department and its National Labs have been indelibly linked with humanity’s quest to journey to the stars. This week on Energy.gov, follow along as we chart that course, from space power systems to dark energy and beyond. These are just a few of the stories we’ll be… Keep reading →