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What is the identity of Dark Matter?

What is the identity of dark matter? Is it a particle? Is it the lightest superpartner (LSP)? Do the phenomena attributed to dark matter point not to some form of matter but actually to an ...
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Darkest matter on Earth (“pure black”)

What is (for a human's eyes) the natural or synthetical matter on Earth (i.e. not in Space) that emits the least quantity of visible photons while being lightened by sunlight? In this matter, how is ...
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Can time be calculated without actually involving any matter?

Humans typically measure time by the change in material things. The movement of hands on a clock. The oscillations of a cesium atom. But can time also be measured by just changes in energy, and in ...
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What is matter made of in the light of Quantum Mechanics? [closed]

I've always wondered what matter (particles, force particles, etc.) was actually made of considering the fact that quantum mechanics has shown us that particles can actually act as a probabilistic ...
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Can an analog to the Meissner Effect be proposed for matter and gravitational fields?

In the study of electromagnetic fields and quantum electrodynamics we observe and theorize on the behavior of superconductivity and the Meissner effect. Has an analog of these behaviors been proposed ...
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Is there, and if there is, what is the name of the concept that matter is made out of void/space?

I can't recall where I heard about this, but it was rather intriguing. I recall the notion that matter is compressed void/space, where I remember an example of a bedsheet representing space, and the ...
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Is it possible that our universe is oscillating between matter and antimatter at a high frequency? How would we know? [closed]

Suppose the big bang did create equal portions of matter and antimatter and they exist right over top of each other, such that there is a constant inversion going on. Since a matter and antimatter ...
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Is there any evidence that matter and antimatter continuously appear and disappear on the edge of a black hole?

I heard Stephen Hawking got a Nobel prize for this, someone said there was no evidence for it which I find quite strange since he got an award for it.
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Are stars getting more metal-rich, less massive and shorter-lived with cosmic time?

A star produces energy through nuclear fusion with the 2H and 3H isotopes to create 4He for example. I read that there is a mass loss of 0.018884 (in atomic mass units). Of course this mass loss is ...
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Can I throw a stone through my window without breaking the glass?

As far as I know, most of an atom is vacuum. Therefore, in theory, would it be possible for me to throw a tiny stone through my window without breaking it because no matter actually collides?
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What is the difference between matter & spacetime? [duplicate]

If the universe is expanding why doesn't the matter in it expand proportionally making it seem as if the universe is static? Alternatively, as spacetime expands why does it not just slide past matter ...
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Why doesn't matter pass through other matter if atoms are 99.999% empty space?

The ghostly passage of one body through another is obviously out of the question if the continuum assumption were valid, but we know that at the micro, nano, pico levels (and beyond) this is not even ...
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Can matter be created from energy? [duplicate]

The small, hot, dense early universe the size of an atom was made up entirely of energy, it wasn't until after the expansion began and the universe cooled down some of that energy began converting ...
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Analogues of mass, space, or time? [closed]

I began wondering about this when working through this question: is there anything analogous to spacetime or matter? Both spacetime (note: most of what I know of about the concept of spacetime comes ...
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Why must a singularity form inside a black hole? [duplicate]

What is the exact reason that normal matter can not exist within an event horizon? I can understand how a super-dense object like a neutron star could accrete mass until its physical radius is less ...
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How to account for the huge difference in susceptibility of liquid and gaseous oxygen?

I noticed this while studying magnetic fields in matter from Griffiths' Electrodynamics book. A table is provided in the chapter which shows the materials with their respective susceptibilities. Under ...
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What is the correct term to describe matter converting into energy?

Matter and energy are related; one can convert into the other. What is it called when this happens? For example, solids melt/liquefy into liquid, and liquid vaporizes into gas. Gas condenses into ...
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Is it possible to create matter? [duplicate]

Is it possible to create matter? In a recent discussion I had, it was suggested that with enough energy in the future, "particles" could be created. It seems like this shouldn't be possible due to ...
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Does the weight of a computer go up as information is added to it? [duplicate]

This probably sounds really naive. But, a strange discussion came up on Quora about computers possibly weighing more when information is added to them. I tried looking around but couldn't find a ...
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Is there a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way

Among others, this page says there is a giant cloud of antimatter at centre of the Milky Way, which was discovered in the 1970s. My brother doesn't believe there is any such cloud. I'm prepared to ...
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Can matter be converted to information?

I know that matter can be converted to energy through E=mc^2. I also know that engery can be and has been converted to information through Landauer's principle (with Maxwell's demons). Does this ...
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Matter vs. Antimatter shortly after Big Bang

I am not a physicist or astronomer in training at all, so this might be a dumb question with an obvious answer, but as I watched something the other day on matter & anti-matter, and the discussion ...
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Why does Matter occupies space? Matter and space are two things… If Space does not has mass, why should matter have space-ful nature?

This thought has completely changed my perspective towards matter. If the matter in a star can collapse to a point to form a Black hole, surely the true nature of matter should be able explain this ...
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Shape Created by a Pile of Granular Objects Dropped Uniformly

I've observed many times that if you drop a lot of a 'granular' substance in one place and keep the nozzle out of which the substance flows, that the shape of the pile created very much resembles a ...
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Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling

What is the difference between Minimal vs. Non-minimal coupling in General Relativity? A brief introduction to Minimal Coupling in General Relativity could be useful too.
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How come the universe is made of matter and not antimatter?

Antimatter is like matter on opposite day: it has the same properties as the stuff that makes up planets, stars and galaxies, but one vital piece is different—its charge. The universe supposedly ...
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Are atoms getting weaker? [duplicate]

If the universe is expanding, it would make sense that the spaces between particles are getting bigger. If this is so, then the particles which make up atoms are also affected. Does that imply the ...
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Dirac representation between matter and anti-matter

If $|\psi \rangle$ represents a wavefunction through a column matrix and $\langle \psi |$ represents the dual vector in a row matrix and $|\psi \rangle \langle \psi | = \rho $ is the probability ...
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How would neutron matter appear to the naked eye?

Neutron matter is matter comprised entirely of neutrons, as it exists in neutron stars. Most optical phenomena encountered in everyday life, such as light reflection and spectral absorption (i.e. ...
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Within the context of string theory, is matter nothing more than a vibration on a membrane of space-time? [duplicate]

I've been reading about string theory, and as I understand it, it proposes that matter is nothing more than a vibration of a membrane of space-time. Is my understanding correct?
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What is matter within the context of string theory? [closed]

I've been reading about string theory, and as I understand it, it proposes that matter is nothing more than vibrating membranes of space-time. Is this correct?
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Can matter be excited into energy and then be turned back into matter?

I was wondering the other day about teletransportation (human). And I had the idea that as far as I know, matter is energy. So I was wondering if it's possible to excite matter so it turns into ...
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What distinguishes the particles we chose as matter from their antimatter equivalent? [duplicate]

Back before we knew about antimatter we just called everything matter. Ignoring CP-violation for a moment, there is nothing special about matter versus antimatter. Once we knew about antimatter it ...
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What is negative Energy/Exotic Energy?

So I have been researching around a little as I am highly interested in Astrophysics and I came across an energy I have never heard of before; negative energy also commonly known as exotic energy. Now ...
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Feynman Diagrams: Mass Conservation

Can a Feynman diagram end with more matter than it began with? The answer should be no because it would break the law of conservation of mass, right? Example: I learned that two up-quarks could ...
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X-Ray/Gamma Ray shielding: density versus conductivity

When talking about gamma ray or x-ray propagation in media, we usually talk about the mass attenuation coefficient, and we desire high density materials for shielding. This seems probabilistic: we ...
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Are matter waves transverse and can they be polarized?

Are matter waves transverse and can they be polarized? What I know:I'm aware of the de Broglie matter waves hypothesis and de Broglie wavelength relation(at a very basic level as part of high school ...
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Where does the rubber go when a tire wears down?

Every year millions of car tires are worn down on our highways, yet the roads are not all black from the rubber, neither are the sides of the roads black. Where does all the rubber go?
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Is matter a continuous part of the field of space-time? [duplicate]

I recently found this quote by Einstein (in On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation, 1950), and it seems to me like he is saying that matter is a part of the field of space-time, and is nothing more ...
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When does 'energy' turn to matter?

I always hear about matter converting to 'energy' - fusion, fission. When does it go the other way around? What conditions lead to it? Are there reproducible experiments on this topic?