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Scientists reveal first results in hotly anticipated dark matter experiment

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A massive science instrument that is spinning the globe aboard the International Space Station has provided its first glimpse of what may be mysterious dark matter in the universe, experts said Wednesday.

The first results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, the most sensitive particle physics spectrometer ever sent to space, seem to indicate “evidence of a new physics phenomena,” said a press statement from the international research team.

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Just what it is will require more research, and is not yet a definitive finding but is the first of many reports expected to come from the AMS, built by an international team from 16 countries.

The data published in the journal Physical Review Letters comes from 25 billion cosmic ray events compiled since the AMS arrived at the orbiting outpost aboard the space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight in 2011.

NASA was to hold a press conference later Wednesday to discuss the findings.

The AMS studies cosmic rays — which are charged high-energy particles that permeate space — before they interact with Earth’s atmosphere.

The first hints of excess antimatter in the cosmic ray influx were observed about two decades ago, but its origin remains a mystery.

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Dark matter — which makes up about a quarter of the universe — has never been directly detected before, but has been observed indirectly through its interaction with visible matter.

Of the 25 billion cosmic ray events the AMS has studied, “an unprecedented number, 6.8 million, were unambiguously identified as electrons and their antimatter counterpart, positrons,” said a press release from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

“Over the coming months, AMS will be able to tell us conclusively whether these positrons are a signal for dark matter, or whether they have some other origin,” AMS spokesman Samuel Ting said in a statement.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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