Breakthrough in the search for dark matter from the first ever stars
An illustration showing protogalaxies colliding (Photo: Adolf Schaller from the Hubble Gallery (NASA))

Using radio antennas no bigger than a hotel fridge, a small team of astronomers managed to glimpse into the dawn of time, and they published their findings just yesterday. But if that wasn't dramatic enough, a new paper today reports that the same results are a paradigm shift in an even more obscure area - the readings are our first direct evidence of the existence of dark matter and yield important clues on its nature.