Cosmic filaments are massive thread-like formations, comprising huge amounts of matter, including galaxies, gas and dark matter. They can be 500 million light-years long but just 20 million light-years wide. At their largest scale, they divide the Universe into a vast gravitationally linked lattice interspersed with enormous dark matter voids. “The spine of cosmic filaments…

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Tree-dwelling apes in Europe strode upright around 5 million years before members of the human evolutionary family hit the ground walking in Africa. That’s the implication of fossils from a previously unknown ape that lived in what’s now Germany about 11.6 million years ago, say paleontologist Madelaine Böhme of the University of Tübingen in Germany…

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AS FAR as dead ideas go, the luminiferous aether is among the deadest. Over a century ago, it picked a fight with Einstein’s theory of relativity and lost. Few victories in modern physics have been so total. Today, relativity offers us our best picture of the large-scale structure of the universe. It is a byword…

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