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    What exactly is the difference between dark matter and anti-matter, and what are their relation to the Higgs-Boson? I'm not a physics guy myself, but I find this very fascinating and would like some clarification. Thanks.


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    Anti-matter is confirmed, dark matter is not.
    Anti-matter is essentially the same as normal matter but with opposite charge.
    Dark matter is a hypothesized form of matter called WImPS; Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. They interact only nominally with ordinary matter but have mass. The cause for the hypothesis being considered is that given the rotation and angular momentum of the galaxy and the estimated visible matter within it, there is nowhere near enough gravity to hold it together. It should fly apart. Something must be keeping it bound together and a form of matter that is not easily detected visibly (at these distances, it would need to produce light to be seen.)would account for it. Some estimates say that the Milky Way is 70% dark matter- a large majority.

    For each, the relation to the Higgs Boson should be the same as with ordinary matter.


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    thanks for the information. that was very well put and understandable.
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    I appreciate that effort Neverfly
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    Effort, indeed. There is more to what each of them are and more still to learn.

    Another one often asked is the difference between Dark Matter and Dark energy.

    I really wish some of the popular terms were a little bit more... objective.

    For example, the massive expansion of unknown origin that superheated the Universe and made it as we know it; and we call it the "Big Bang."

    Really?!

    The BIG bang?

    It's no wonder, with such terminology and rather ancient linguistics used (Such as saying the "Creation" the Universe or "Evolution chooses" and so on) that many people are more befuddled by popular science literature than by the science itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    For example, the massive expansion of unknown origin that superheated the Universe and made it as we know it; and we call it the "Big Bang."

    Really?!

    The BIG bang?
    It was the biggest thing around at the time.
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