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I'm sorry to announce that MrScorpio is...

Still not rich today. He's fine otherwise though.

He didn't even buy a lotto ticket either, and thus, could not have won.

It's just another day in paradise.

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Butter: The Gateway Drug...

One taste, And You'll Know...

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Dan Vergano
National Geographic

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.


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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