The Remarkable Emptiness of Existence

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Otto von Guericke, a German scientist and politician, stunned onlookers in 1654 when he demonstrated his vacuum pump. This revolutionary invention showed the world that a vacuum was real, and centuries later scientists have discovered that this nothingness is in fact full of something: dark energy, which is accelerating the expansion of the universe. This strange energy is contained within the vacuum of spacetime and represents around 70 percent of the entire energy budget of the cosmos. It is one of the greatest mysteries in modern physics, and it shows that the nothingness of space can be far from empty. Read full article here

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