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(Daily Mail)   The universe could be about to collapse and everything in it - including us - will be compressed into a small, hard ball. This is especially annoying considering the weekend is coming up   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 95
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2013-12-13 11:38:17 AM
"There's something very important I forgot to tell you! Don't cross the streams... It would be bad... Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."
 
2013-12-13 11:39:07 AM
i.dailymail.co.uk

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."
 
2013-12-13 11:43:57 AM
Sure. Just when I'm about to win the Megamillions jackpot. farking figures.
 
2013-12-13 11:44:13 AM
Since our entire frame of reference would collapse right along with us, would be even notice?
 
2013-12-13 11:44:41 AM
I sure hope it happens sooner rather than later, just to piss off Hector in Accounting one last time.
 
2013-12-13 11:45:27 AM
What difference does it make if the ball is hard or not?

/Quit linking Daily Fail 'science' articles ya twunts
 
2013-12-13 11:46:25 AM

Torqueknot: What difference does it make if the ball is hard or not?


Because when the balls are high and tight it means they're about to bust it.
 
2013-12-13 11:47:10 AM
"The basis of the theory is that sooner or later a radical shift in the forces of the universe will cause every particle in it to become extremely heavy.   Everything - every grain of sand, every planet and every galaxy - will become billions of times heavier than it is now."

... a process that may have already begun with Subby's Mom.
 
2013-12-13 11:47:26 AM
Just going out on a limb here, but I think they mean 'more massive' not 'heavier'.

Sentences like this do not help:

"All elementary particles inside the bubble will reach a mass much heavier than if they were outside the bubble..."
 
2013-12-13 11:47:32 AM
So, the bubble expands at the speed of light? Since the Universe is fairly large, this could be an issue in several billion years.
 
2013-12-13 11:48:37 AM
Does this Higgs boson make me look fat?
 
2013-12-13 11:49:22 AM
The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible, so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been eliminated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Coleman">Sidney Coleman & F. de Luccia
 
2013-12-13 11:54:53 AM

Stile4aly: The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible, so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been eliminated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Coleman">Sidney Coleman & F. de Luccia


False Vacuum decay seems startlingly similar to some Lovecraftian ends of the universe, doesn't it?
 
2013-12-13 11:59:26 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-13 12:01:49 PM
I think we are in the middle of a slow crush and in a straigthened timeline I am currently writting this post backwards.
 
2013-12-13 12:02:33 PM
Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.
 
2013-12-13 12:02:44 PM
Fortunately, even if a phase transition is eating away at the vacuum somewhere at the speed of light, space is big.  Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.  I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2013-12-13 12:04:20 PM

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


No way.  That'd be like the Pasadena Star Trek convention all over again.
 
2013-12-13 12:04:35 PM
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2013-12-13 12:09:49 PM
Number 9, number 9, number 9...
 
2013-12-13 12:21:04 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
"I'm crushing your universe!  CRUSH!  CRUSH!"
 
2013-12-13 12:25:43 PM
Sincerely doubt I'd per affected by it anytime soon if it did happen, and if so, what the fark can I do about it, so who cares.
 
2013-12-13 12:26:18 PM
So,

www.ludumdare.com?
 
2013-12-13 12:32:31 PM
FTFA: The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.

Mathematical equations, eh? Must be true, then. Thank, you Daily Fail!
 
2013-12-13 12:43:25 PM
If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.
 
2013-12-13 12:51:04 PM
GOOD
 
2013-12-13 12:51:19 PM

FloydA: If scientists are correct, the universe will be utterly destroyed.  As a "glass half-full" kind of guy, I would like to point out that this includes Kanye and James Dobson.


Well, the universe will die from expansion or from compression. Or not.
 
2013-12-13 12:53:04 PM
So we are all going to be squished together? Kinky.
 
2013-12-13 12:54:59 PM
imokwiththis.jpg
 
2013-12-13 12:57:08 PM

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


I (rolls some dice) lol'd.
 
2013-12-13 01:08:58 PM
University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South
 
2013-12-13 01:19:12 PM

m1ke: Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.


Hey, we might actually get a campaign finished!
 
2013-12-13 01:22:31 PM

Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."


If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.
 
2013-12-13 01:23:17 PM
YES,,,I KNOW...THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US AND I TEND TO EAT LOTS AND GAIN WEIGHT.  YOU DON"T HAVE TO REMIND ME.
 
2013-12-13 01:23:58 PM
I, for one, get all of my theoretical science information from the Mail.
 
2013-12-13 01:24:14 PM

phaseolus: University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South


i105.photobucket.com
Lots of planets have a north countries have a south.
 
2013-12-13 01:24:31 PM
I say we do the Conservative thing and execute all the physicists. Also, burn their books to make sure this nonsense can't happen again.

/problem solved
 
2013-12-13 01:24:40 PM
So...? Just change the gravitational constant on the universe. Problem solved.
 
2013-12-13 01:26:46 PM
And here I thought it was a Vacuum Metastability Event that was going to doom us all.
 
2013-12-13 01:32:16 PM
Unless this were to happen inside our own solar system, this planet will probably be a charred ball floating around a dead sun before we would even be able to see evidence of it happening.
 
2013-12-13 01:42:03 PM

Ghastly: So...? Just change the gravitational constant on the universe. Problem solved.


First, assume a perfectly spherical cow...
 
2013-12-13 01:45:20 PM
Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.
 
2013-12-13 01:47:26 PM
FTA: The bubble would then expand at the speed of light, entering all space, and turning the Higgs field from the state it is in now into a new one.

Well, not going to happen in my lifetime.  And if it did, we wouldn't notice it until we are hit with it so useless to worry about it.
 
2013-12-13 01:48:39 PM

Prophet of Loss: Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."

If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.


I would imagine since color photos weren't too common back then
 
2013-12-13 01:50:14 PM

phaseolus: University of Southern Denmark


I didn't think Denmark was big enough to have a South


Everybody else just calls it "Germany."
 
2013-12-13 02:15:26 PM

Copperbelly watersnake: Unless this were to happen inside our own solar system, this planet will probably be a charred ball floating around a dead sun before we would even be able to see evidence of it happening.


Actually, since it happens at the speed of light, regardless of where it occurs we find out it's happening as it's happening to us.  Kind of how the sun suddenly going out would only be discovered 500 seconds after the fact.
 Other than that, you're right, the odds are that if this happens (it's a theoretical result, so maybe not) it will start far enough away that the sun will get us long before.

I'd also like to add that the author has set a new standard for stupid.  Everybody (I thought) knows that beyond a certain size, collapsing objects become black holes, not small hard balls.

Cheers.
 
2013-12-13 02:21:59 PM

simplicimus: Maybe these bubbles occur, but don't expand beyond a certain threshold. That would fill in the missing mass in the universe.


...except that the missing mass appears to be distributed in a very specific way that would be very difficult to recreate with spontaneously occurring bubbles.
 
2013-12-13 02:27:27 PM
Betteridge's law of headlines
"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
 
2013-12-13 02:28:00 PM

machoprogrammer: Prophet of Loss: Somacandra: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x484]

"AND THIS IS PRECISELY WHY YOU'RE SUCH AN ASSHOLE, TERENCE."

If you showed that chalkboard to someone 500 years ago, you'd be burned for spell casting.

I would imagine since color photos weren't too common back then



They said chalkboard not photo
 :)
 
2013-12-13 02:46:46 PM
This article was written by someone with a solid understanding of the physical principles being discussed.
 
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