Dark matter never exists in space, says scientist triggering new row

A scientist at the University of Geneva's Faculty of Science claimed that dark matter and dark energy may not exist in space.

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A new study conducted by an astrophysicist at the University of Geneva's Faculty of Science has sensationally claimed that dark matter and dark energy, the most perplexing materials in the Universe may not exist at all. The findings of the study are published in the recent edition of Astrophysical Journal.

Andrea Maeder puts forward a new theory

Andre Maeder, an honorary astronomy professor at the University of Geneva, has found that the behavior of the universe can be easily explained without dark matter and dark energy. According to Maeder, popular theories associated with the behavior of the universe, put forward by Einstein and Newton, literally ignores the properties of empty space.

Earlier, it was believed that dark energy made up more than 70 percent of the Universe, while dark matter was thought to account nearly 27 percent. According to Maeder, a 'scale invariance' must be taken into consideration, which will drastically change the traditional concepts surrounding physics, and the happenings after the Big Bang.

Einstein believed that empty space behaves on the base of cosmological constant, and everything else depends on this. In the theory put forward by a model based on the 'scale of invariance', Andre Maeder found that the cosmological test matches the observations, without considering dark matter and dark energy.

"In this model, there is a starting hypothesis that hasn't been taken into account, in my opinion. By that, I mean the scale invariance of empty space; in other words, empty space and its properties do not change following a dilation or contraction," said Maeder, reports Daily Mail UK.

Standard models need to be re-examined

As Andre Maeder has put forward this theory, many experts believe that the standard models need to be re-examined soon. Maeder in his study report made it clear that further researches should be done to debunk dark matter and dark energy in the Universe. The findings of Maeder are undoubtedly controversial in nature, and it is expected to meet backlash from a group of scientists in the coming days.