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Embracing the Dark Side

Looking back on a decade of cosmic acceleration

1:17pm, January 29, 2008

Now entertain conjecture of a time

When creeping murmur and the poring dark

Fills the wide vessel of the universe

—Shakespeare, Henry V

On Jan. 12, 1998, just before leaving for his honeymoon, astronomer Adam Riess e-mailed his colleagues that the universe appeared to be completely dark and utterly repulsive. Fortunately, he was talking about a matt

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