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New Theory Says Time is Disappearing from the Universe




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Remember a little thing called the space-time continuum? Well what if the time part of the equation was literally running out? New evidence is suggesting that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely. This radical new theory may explain a cosmological mystery that has baffled scientists for years.

Scientists previously have measured the light from distant exploding stars to show that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. They assumed that these supernovae are spreading apart faster as the universe ages. Physicists also assumed that a kind of anti-gravitational force must be driving the galaxies apart, and started to call this unidentified force “dark energy”.

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The team’s proposal, which will be published in the journal Physical Review D, dismisses dark energy as fiction. Instead, Prof Senovilla says, the appearance of acceleration is caused by time itself gradually slowing down, like a clock with a run-down battery.

“We do not say that the expansion of the universe itself is an illusion,” he explains. “What we say it may be an illusion is the acceleration of this expansion – that is, the possibility that the expansion is, and has been, increasing its rate.”

If time gradually slows “but we naively kept using our equations to derive the changes of the expansion with respect of ‘a standard flow of time’, then the simple models that we have constructed in our paper show that an “effective accelerated rate of the expansion” takes place.”

Currently, astronomers are able to discern the expansion speed of the universe using the so-called “red shift” technique. This technique relies on the understanding that stars moving away appear redder in color than ones moving towards us. Scientists look for supernovae of certain types that provide a sort of benchmark. However, the accuracy of these measurements depends on time remaining invariable throughout the universe. If time is slowing down, according to this new theory, our solitary time dimension is slowly turning into a new space dimension. Therefore the far-distant, ancient stars seen by cosmologists would from our perspective, look as though they were accelerating.

“Our calculations show that we would think that the expansion of the universe is accelerating,” says Prof Senovilla. The theory bases it’s idea on one particular variant of superstring theory, in which our universe is confined to the surface of a membrane, or brane, floating in a higher-dimensional space, known as the “bulk”. In billions of years, time would cease to be time altogether.

“Then everything will be frozen, like a snapshot of one instant, forever,” Senovilla told New Scientist magazine. “Our planet will be long gone by then.”

Though radical and in many way unprecedented, these ideas are not without support. Gary Gibbons, a cosmologist at Cambridge University, say the concept has merit. “We believe that time emerged during the Big Bang, and if time can emerge, it can also disappear – that’s just the reverse effect.”

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4 responses to New Theory Says Time is Disappearing from the Universe

  1. I read a similar story published on technologyreview.com on this same topic. This is an interesting article for several reasons. I’ll mention two of those. (1) It kind of makes you wonder what that does to the “accuracy” of radiometric other dating techniques, doesn’t it? :) (2) Through the Message of the Hour and the Bible we are taught that time didn’t exist until sin appeared, and one day it will all go back into eternity. Now, scientists are saying the same thing, but they don’t understand why.

  2. It’s interesting indeed. Aren’t we rolling into Eternity or what? Thing is, it may not take us a billion years, time’s just no more! This is a great consolation for the Bride. :-)
    Thanks for updates. God bless you.

  3. Steve,
    Taking a 2nd look at this – I wonder if Death and Time are related such that when sin was introduced, it made the death of time itself inevitable. Hmm…. that’s food for thought. When God said “you will surely die”, he meant it! Maybe even to the extent that even Time would Die. Wow.

  4. Very very interesting for me. Im sure there is a prophecy regarding time..that time will speed up in the last days. And it does seem like that to me, now. When i was young *im 33..time seemed to drag on and on. Now its just really flying by. Even my children say to me …mum time is going so fast!
    So i think the children of these days are feeling it as well..in a supernatural kind of way. Ever since i was little i had a fasination with time and was so taken aback after reading a bit of the bible here and there. I am starting at the beginning now..ive just finished reading Genesis and now im in absorption mode..food for thought type. I know that the word is true and if it can speak of time running out or speeding up well….its such the best food for thought because now u are really going to be fed well spiritually reading the bible..keeping the connection flowiing peacefully with the one true lord above who knows absolutley everyting their is to know. ohh amazing!! THE BIBLE IS FOOD FOR THOUGHT/SPIRITUAL FEEDING. i think scientists should read the bible and prepare to be astounded.

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