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By Philip Ball   February 2010

A suspected sighting of dark matter initially attracted much excitement. Alas, the claim is not strong; the results came from an experiment where detectors half a mile underground look for faint telltale signs of dark matter particles. Newly analysed data contained two events with the predicted features. But there’s a one in four chance that they were caused by ordinary particles like neutrons or gamma rays. The search continues.

As false advertising goes, the “super-Earth” planets are on a par with the naming of Greenland. One might expect a super-Earth covered with water to be a nice place to…

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