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The dark side of the universe

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Science  23 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6259, pp. 390
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2604

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"Oh, no, not again, another outlandish proposal for the extinction of dinosaurs," thought geologist Jan Smit and astrophysicist Renske Smit when they first heard the title of Lisa Randall's new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs. Much to their relief, the book proved instead to be a scientifically sound and interesting journey through the cosmos, exploring what we know about dark matter and what more we are poised to learn as new and better equipment becomes available. Peppered with rich metaphors and personal anecdotes, the book tackles topics including the Big Bang, cosmic inflation, and the formation of galaxies with aplomb.