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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   ( divider line
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4808 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Dec 2013 at 11:41 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-13 03:39:45 PM  
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xellas84: Considering our galaxy alone is 200,000 lightyears across, there's a good chance that if this started on the opposite side of our galaxy genetic drift in the human species would destroy humanity as we know it before this became a concern.  If it happenened in any galaxy outside of our Local Group (which is 99.999999999999999% of them) then the sun's stellar evolution would be a far more pressing concern to us.  In fact, it's entirely possible protonic decay may become a bigger concern, especially considering that universal expansion wouldn't be halted by this.  The universe is BIG ya'll.

This is how to troll the astrophysicists. 10/10. Every part of this is wrong, and you've placed protonic decay on top like a turd on a wedding cake. Magnificent.
2013-12-13 02:27:27 PM  
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Betteridge's law of headlines
"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
2013-12-13 02:15:26 PM  
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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.

2013-12-13 01:45:20 PM  
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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 01:26:46 PM  
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And here I thought it was a Vacuum Metastability Event that was going to doom us all.
2013-12-13 01:24:31 PM  
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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 12:51:19 PM  
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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 12:43:25 PM  
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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 12:25:43 PM  
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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 12:02:33 PM  
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Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next quadrillion years?

/shouldn't be obscure, you dorks.
2013-12-13 11:54:53 AM  
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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.">Sidney Coleman & F. de Luccia

False Vacuum decay seems startlingly similar to some Lovecraftian ends of the universe, doesn't it?
2013-12-13 11:46:25 AM  
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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 11:45:27 AM  
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What difference does it make if the ball is hard or not?

/Quit linking Daily Fail 'science' articles ya twunts
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