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An artist's conception visualizes the big bang at the universe's beginning — or could it be the end?
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|That alternate universe would be "much more boring," Lykken said. Which led him to ask a philosophical question: "Why do we live in a universe that's just on the edge of stability?" He wondered whether a universe has to be near the danger zone to produce galaxies, stars, planets ... and life. Even Hill found it interesting that the parameters of particle physics put our universe right along the critical line. "That's something new, which we didn't know before, and which leads some of us to that there's something else coming," Hill said. When Hill referred to "something else," he was talking about new discoveries in physics -- not the end of the world. Lykken emphasized that it would be at least tens of billions of years before vacuum instability took hold. "To get the exact number, we need more funding," he joked.|
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