Irene Klotz reports on how the discovery of the Higgs boson particle – if it is in fact the “god particle” that accounts for how matter gets its mass – may give us our first idea of the lifespan of the universe. The truly final countdown would thus calculate out to “many tens of billions of years from now”:
“Essentially, the universe wants to be in different state and so eventually it will realize that. A little bubble of what you might think of an as alternative universe will appear somewhere and then it will expand out and destroy us. So that’ll be very dramatic, but you and I will not be around to witness it,” [theoretical physicist Joseph] Lykken told reporters before a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston this week. “There will be a new universe, a much more boring universe, so I hope this doesn’t happen,” he added.
Previous Dish on the Higgs boson here.