Warping it up!

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Are we living in a hologram?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Scary news everybody, our universe might be a 2D hologram.. Twist your minds around that!

… For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time – the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into “grains”, just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. “It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time,” says Hogan.

If this doesn’t blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab’s Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: “If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram.” …

Scientists Complete Universe Millennium Simulation

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

/. james tech writes “The Virgo Consortium recently completed its massive “Millennium Simulation”, tracing the universe’s evolution from its early origins to present day. To simplify the computations, they considered only dark matter which composes most of the universe. Using a 512-node cluster with IBM
processors, the group produced over 20 terabytes of data with some of the most breathtaking images of the universe never seen. A visible matter simulation is underway, at a lower resolution.”

* Slashdot | Scientists Complete Universe Millennium Simulation

Early universe may have been fluid

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

New research suggests that the early universe was a hot, dense liquid made of basic atomic particles, overturning the widely held belief that fiery gas existed immediately after the “big bang” that created the cosmos.

Related:
* CNN: Scientists: Early universe didn’t blow so much as flow
* USAToday.com: Picking apart the ‘Big Bang’ brings a big mystery
* Slashdot.org: Data Suggests Early Universe was Superfluid

Science News : Early universe may have been fluid