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I do not think science is separate from philosophy. I think science is the application of certain philosophical ideas - you could call it a pragmatic philosophy of epistemology. It is concerned with determining truths, using methods from various philosophical schools (mainly empiricism and rationalism). But it works both ways, because scientific knowledge can influence philosophical ideas - think of the philosophy of mind: experiments from neuroscience can help answer questions that before could only be approached philosophically.
So I think it really depends on what the question is that determines whether you can use science or not to find out the answer. And so it comes down to what you mean by "god" and "existence" that will determine whether you can use science to find out whether "god exists". If God is supposed to transcend the natural world, then it is out of reach of science. But if you say that God has an active role in the events of the universe (e.g. answering prayers), then that influence should be measurable, and hence testable, and hence it can be scientifically investigated whether this indeed happens.
Seriously though, did you even read the post? It seems that you didn't, and I think you should. I think (hope) you'll find it provides food for thought, and I would very much like to hear if you think I'm wrong (and more importantly: why).
Perhaps it will turn out that there isn't some kind of exotic matter out there producing all this gravity, and that our current understanding of "normal matter" is faulty, or that something completely different is going on. We will have to let science run it's course and see what it will turn out to be.
Some disagree - surely you've heard the recent conclusions of Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's book 'The Grand Design' that "invoking God is not necessary to explain the origins of the universe, and that the Big Bang is a consequence of the laws of physics alone" (Wikipedia). I'm not knowledgeable about this, so I would not defend the view, but it is an interesting take nonetheless.
As an atheist, I am not required to be able to give answers to questions that have not been answered other than "goddidit". That's something you should keep in your mind. "I don't know" is a perfectly valid response, even though your answer would be "God".