'Tiny Bubble' May Gobble Up the Universe
Higgs boson finding supports theory of 'vacuum instability'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 4:35 PM CST
This undated image made available by CERN shows a typical candidate event including two high-energy photons whose energy (depicted by red towers) is measured in the CMS electromagnetic calorimeter.    (AP Photo/CERN)

(Newser) – Thanks, Higgs boson: Looks like the particle's tiny mass is proof that the universe will one day be vacuumed up and replaced by another universe, the BBC reports. That is, if the Large Hadron collider really has spotted the Higgs boson. Calling their discovery "Higgs-like" for now, physicists say the particle is linked to an energy field that permeates all space. And when its apparent size is calculated in the Standard Model of particle physics, "it's bad news," says physicist Joseph Lykken.

"What happens is you get just a quantum fluctuation that makes a tiny bubble of the vacuum the Universe really wants to be in," Lykken adds. "And because it's a lower-energy state, this bubble will then expand, basically at the speed of light, and sweep everything before it." But don't worry—this won't happen for billions of years. And physicists still want to perform more experiments after the Large Hadron Collider reopens, to make sure they really have discovered and correctly sized the Higgs boson.

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bgrnathan
Mar 5, 2013 11:24 AM CST
DOES GOD PARTICLE EXPLAIN UNIVERSE’S ORIGIN? Just google the title to access this popular Internet article of mine. Babu G. Ranganathan* (B.A. Bible/Biology) Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS *I have given successful lectures (with question and answer period afterwards) defending creation before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities. I've been privileged to be recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who in The East" for my writings on religion and science.
$28919642
Feb 28, 2013 8:40 AM CST
Tiny bubbles In the wine Make me happy Make me feel fine . . Tiny bubbles Make me warm all over With a feeling that I’m gonna Love you ’til the end of time ~~Don Ho So, ipso facto, Don Ho is going to destroy the Universe. I always knew that B@#$%^* was up to no good!
Superabound
Feb 28, 2013 2:44 AM CST
Good news, everyone!