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Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"



Dan Vergano
National Geographic
PUBLISHED MARCH 18, 2014

Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our humdrum four-dimensional universe.

Gravitational waves rippling through the aftermath of the cosmic fireball, physicists suggest, point to us inhabiting a multiverse, a universe filled with many universes. (See: "Big Bang's 'Smoking Gun' Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth.")

That's because those gravitational wave results point to a particularly prolific and potent kind of "inflation" of the early universe, an exponential expansion of the dimensions of space to many times the size of our own cosmos in the first fraction of a second of the Big Bang, some 13.82 billion years ago.

"In most models, if you have inflation, then you have a multiverse," said Stanford physicist Andrei Linde. Linde, one of cosmological inflation's inventors, spoke on Monday at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics event where the BICEP2 astrophysics team unveiled the gravitational wave results.

Essentially, in the models favored by the BICEP2 team's observations, the process that inflates a universe looks just too potent to happen only once; rather, once a Big Bang starts, the process would happen repeatedly and in multiple ways.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140318-multiverse-inflation-big-bang-science-space/#close-modal


Maybe the universe is like a bubble, that will keep expanding until it pops. And the resulting energy from end of one universe collects to create a new big bang for a another universe and the process repeats until infinity.

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When it came to air travel, they really were the Good Old Days...

Let’s Reminisce over Airplanes that had Piano Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Pubs and Restaurants



Airlines today just aren’t up for a good party anymore. Look at those fancy folks hanging out in comfy swivel chairs, ordering Martinis and asking attractive strangers, “So, do you come here often?“ Don’t they look like they’re about to have the best flight of their lives?

The 1970s was without doubt, a golden age of air travel. It was the era that saw the upper decks of Boeing 747s turn into full-scale cocktail lounges and restaurants for first class flyers. On the lower deck, there were also coach or economy lounges. Continental Airlines had a pub while American Airlines had an infamous piano bar.

Qantas Airline’s 747B boasted a luxurious “Captain Cook First Class Lounge” (pictured above). Here’s a closer peak into life on the upper deck…





Pictured above is a Continental Airlines coach lounge in the 1970s, you know, back when you could say airlines actually cared about customer service … (burn)! Coach lounges were located on the lower deck, usually behind first class seating.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/03/13/lets-reminisce-airplanes-piano-bars-cocktail-lounges-pubs-restaurants/
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