Scientists discover exotic new mineral forged in the furnace of a Russian volcano

Volcanoes rank among the most destructive and awe-inspiring phenomena on the planet. But these fiery fissures do much more than just destroy. They also create. In a new study, researchers in Russia report the discovery of one such creation – an unusual mineral never before documented by scientists: an alluring, vibrantly blue-and-green crystallized substance the […]

Cosmic bubbles may have forged dark matter, new theory suggests

Ballooning cosmic bubbles in our early universe may have led to the current abundance of dark matter, the elusive substance that tugs on the stars, yet emits no light, a new study suggests. The theory, described Oct. 9 in the journal The Physical Review Letters, may explain exactly how dark matter condensed out of the […]