dark energy

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Definition of dark energy 

: a hypothetical form of energy that produces a force that opposes gravity and is thought to be the cause of the accelerating expansion of the universe

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Similarly, in 1998 cosmologists found evidence the universe is expanding faster than expected, driven by an even more mysterious dark energy. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Einstein’s Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale," 22 June 2018 But these Nobel-busting reasons apply equally to dark energy’s discoverers, too. Brian Keating, WIRED, "There's Nothing Noble about Science’s Nobel Prize Gender Gap," 27 May 2018 Astronomers have also studied the cosmic microwave background — the oldest light in the universe, which permeates the entire sky — and found roughly the same proportions of normal matter, dark matter and dark energy. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "After years of searching, scientists can finally account for all the normal matter in the universe," 20 June 2018 When, in 2011, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three men for the discovery of dark energy from observations of distant supernovae, based on research conducted in the late 1990’s, Rubin’s Nobel seemed imminent. Brian Keating, WIRED, "There's Nothing Noble about Science’s Nobel Prize Gender Gap," 27 May 2018 From the start Moll is vibrating with so much dark energy if feels like the slightest rip will tear her wide and send her demons screaming from the void. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Complex ‘Beast’ offers deliciously dark romance," 17 May 2018 Such work has demonstrated the universe’s expansion is accelerating—an advance that netted the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics—and has helped validate the existence of dark energy. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Milky Way's Speediest Stars Could Solve a 50-Year-Old Mystery," 9 May 2018 All attempts to directly detect dark matter and dark energy have failed, however. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity," 6 May 2018 The final season begins seven years after the core members of the Mikaelson family each absorb a quarter of the Hollow’s dark energy and flee New Orleans. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: Sting & Shaggy's '44/876', Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty'," 14 Apr. 2018

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1998, in the meaning defined above

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