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Slime mold helps astronomers map the universe's dark matter

• arclein

The cosmic web is a vast network of interconnected filaments made of dark matter and gas that forms the scaffolding the entire universe is built upon. These filaments can stretch hundreds of millions of light-years, and they connect galaxies, galaxy clusters, and even galaxy superclusters together. However, because the cosmic web is incredibly faint ?" and the dark matter within it doesn't interact with light ?" it's extremely difficult to map.