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Higgs Boson may indicate cyclical universe

Posted on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 | Comment icon 44 comments | News tip by: Professor T

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In several billion years time a whole new universe could open up within our own universe and replace it.

This cyclical universe concept is just one idea physicists have been theorizing on since the discovery of the Higgs Boson which underpins the workings of all the matter we see around us. By exploring the properties of the particle it may be possible to determine what fate awaits our universe in the distant future. The idea of a universe that cycles every so often would potentially sidestep the existing conundrum of what would happen if the universe simply kept expanding forever.

"What happens is you get just a quantum fluctuation that makes a tiny bubble of the vacuum the Universe really wants to be in. And because it's a lower-energy state, this bubble will then expand, basically at the speed of light, and sweep everything before it," said Dr Joseph Lykken.

"Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson."

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Comment icon #35 Posted by Mikami on 25 February, 2013, 15:40
I'm having trouple wrapping my head around this conundrum.... takes us to warp 9...
Comment icon #36 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 25 February, 2013, 18:11
I still think our entire universe is contained in the energy released by a match struck by somebody in an alternate universe, and who's own universe is contained in the energy released by a match being struck by........ Or everything is simply so big and complicated that we are really doing this which leads to this where I've been a long time now
Comment icon #37 Posted by Ad hoc on 25 February, 2013, 19:10
. this doesn't mean what you think it means frank. what it means, is that electromagnetic research in the nineteenth century was pointless, which is why I asked if you were being sarcastic. so please, stop trying to be a smart-ass, it doesn't suit you. I don't think he was being a smartass at all. Made sense to me: He's instructing people who want to show that pure research is useful to employ the sarcastic example of electromagnetic research. The sarcasm in that example is so unavoidable that your question about whether he was being sarcastic was actually confusing, and seemed like you might ... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by shrooma on 25 February, 2013, 20:04
The sarcasm in that example is so unavoidable that your question about whether he was being sarcastic was actually confusing . he he he he..... i'm glad someone else around here has a sense of humour!
Comment icon #39 Posted by Professor T on 25 February, 2013, 20:24
I think the good Professor (T) has it right. If a fluctuation has already happening, it is heading our way at the speed of light. As a result we don't see it coming. What we see is light emitted by stars that may no longer exist before the quantum wave passed. Hmmmm, I saw that quantumn bubble in the bathtub last night.... It smelled funny.. Seriously though, It is of course a possibility.. but then here we are, google scientist, wondering WTF would it be like to be consumed by an alternate universe.. there'd be no warning, it would be done in less than the blink of an eye and we would be nun-... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Eldorado on 25 February, 2013, 20:35
Which makes one wonder, has it not already happened, and are we the unwitting result. Those 'alternative comedians' had to come from somewhere strange, so you could well be right.
Comment icon #41 Posted by shrooma on 25 February, 2013, 21:05
I think the good Professor (T) has it right. . -''google scientist miscredited with someone elses comment'' shocker- film at eleven. ;-)
Comment icon #42 Posted by DingoLingo on 25 February, 2013, 21:08
And this is why they've spent billions on this Higgs-Boson thing? What is the actual point of any of this? The search for the Higgs Field was a important one.. the standard model equation basically explained everything.. but mass.. they could not explain mass.. and that is where the higgs boson came in.. it all comes down to particle physics .. every invention in the modern age has a starting point in particle physics.. Confirmation of the Higgs Boson will actually open a new branch of physics and invention..
Comment icon #43 Posted by shrooma on 25 February, 2013, 21:12
Hmmmm, I saw that quantumn bubble in the bathtub last night.... It smelled funny.. . don't be posting that man, you'll have creationists turning up worshipping you!! (which won't be as nice as it sounds, trust me....) :-)
Comment icon #44 Posted by shrooma on 25 February, 2013, 21:16
every invention in the modern age has a starting point in particle physics.. . so now we know who to blame for the x-factor! bloody stoopid scientists.... :-)

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