Evolution of the Universe Recreated in a Lab

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Thu, May 8th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Research published in nature explains how a computer simulation designed to figure out how the universe ticks, generated one very similar to our own by using dark matter as one of the impacting factors.

"Now we can get to grips with how stars and galaxies form and relate it to dark matter," he told BBC News.

The computer model draws on the theories of Professor Carlos Frenk of Durham University, UK, who said he was "pleased" that a computer model should come up with such a good result assuming that it began with dark matter.

"You can make stars and galaxies that look like the real thing. But it is the dark matter that is calling the shots".

Cosmologists have been creating computer models of how the Universe evolved for more than 20 years. It involves entering details of what the Universe was like shortly after the Big Bang, developing a computer program which encapsulates the main theories of cosmology and then letting the programme run.

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