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The New Ether

Via GeekPress: National Geographic News reports on Dark Matter’s Rival: Ether Theory Challenges “Invisible Mass”. It sounds like sarcasm but it’s serious:

Starkman’s controversial counterproposal is that the presence of ether in the universe better explains the galaxies' behavior.

His theories were recently reported in the August 26 issue of New Scientist magazine.

“Galaxies spin faster than they should, given the amount of matter we see in them. The possibility we’ve gone with for a long time is that there’s some unaccounted-for mass generating that extra gravity,” Starkman said.

“But the other possibility is that the amount of mass we see generates more gravity than we thought. That’s where ether comes in.”