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  CNN - Physicists describe grim end of the world - Jan. 15, 1997
Laughlin and his University of Michigan colleague, Fred Adams, were in Toronto to describe their scenario at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
The universe as we know it, with stars and planets and life, is only temporary and is actually rather young, about 10 billion years old.
To put a date on the end of the world in their scenario, take the year "one" and add 200 zeroes.
www.cnn.com /TECH/9701/15/end.universe   (670 words)

 Ultimate fate of the universe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An important parameter in fate of the universe theory is the density parameter, Omega (Ω), defined as the average matter density of the universe divided by a critical value of that density.
The fate of the universe is determined by the density of the universe.
In the TV series Lexx, episode 2.20 "The End of the Universe", all of the matter in the universe, except the main characters and their ship, is converted into flying autonomous robotic arms with a single consciousness of the main villain Mantrid.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ultimate_fate_of_the_universe   (3127 words)

 Curious About Astronomy: What is at the end of the Universe?
My question is "what is at the end of the universe if it really does end?" because if the big bang theory is correct then then when the whole universe was one atom or very small what did it expand into because if there was nothing there it couldnt have expanded.
for example if you have a room and you say that the walls are the end of the universe then you build on to the room to make it bigger (the universe expanding) there has to be room on the other side of the wall for you to build into.
Thus whatever be the shape of the Universe, there is nothing called a boundary and hence nothing called the edge or end of the Universe.
curious.astro.cornell.edu /question.php?number=166   (526 words)

 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980, ISBN 0-345-39181-0) is the second book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams.
It turns out that Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, was constructed on the ruins of Frogstar World B, and therefore is nearest, and the four characters are reunited with Marvin (after they stop thinking they have died), who had been waiting millions of years for them.
Most significantly, in the radio series the ship stolen from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe belonged not to Disaster Area, but to the admiral of the fleet of a warlike "hyper-evolutionary" race, who would evolve into any random shape in a matter of seconds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Restaurant_at_the_End_of_the_Universe   (1296 words)

 CfA Press Release   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
Some thought the expansion of the universe would slow and reverse, compressing all matter back in a "Big Crunch." Others said the expansion would continue forever and we would see the stars in all the galaxies age and die, leaving us in darkness.
Studies of distant exploding stars have shown that the expansion of the universe, rather than slowing down from the inexorable pull of gravity, instead is speeding up under the influence of a vacuum energy dubbed "the cosmological constant".
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory.
cfa-www.harvard.edu /ep/pressrel/frozen_universe.htm   (599 words)

 BBC - Radio 4 - A Brief History of the End of Everything
A series exploring how our ideas about the end of the universe have been shaped by religion, belief, and the contemporary state of scientific thinking and observation.
In the fifties and early sixties, the popular consensus was that the universe was there and had always been there - this is very simple and also very appealing, as we avoid thinking about an end of everything.
Our universe is perfect…not too fast to become a soup and not too slow so it falls back in on itself to destruct - just lumpy enough for galaxies to form and the whole thing hold together - a balancing act between gravity and acceleration, for the time being.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/science/briefhistory.shtml   (664 words)

 How to Survive the End of the Universe (In 7 Steps) - - science news articles online technology magazine articles How ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
To last until the very end of the universe, an advanced civilization will have to master interstellar travel, spreading far and wide throughout the galaxy and learning to cope with a slowing, cooling, darkening cosmos.
Their greatest challenge will be figuring out how to not be here when the universe dies, essentially finding a way to undertake the ultimate journey of fleeing this universe for another.
Inflation theory postulates that the universe expanded to its current size inconceivably fast at the very beginning of time, and it neatly explains several stubborn cosmological mysteries, including why the universe is both so geometrically flat and so uniform in its distribution of matter and energy.
www.discover.com /issues/dec-04/features/survive-end-of-universe   (1788 words)

 And at the Far End of the Universe...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
And at the Far End of the Universe...
Redshift is a measure of the factor by which light’s wavelength is stretched as it passes through the expanding universe.
The term “Dark Ages” was coined by the British astronomer Sir Martin Rees to signify the period in cosmic history when hydrogen atoms had formed, but stars had not yet had the opportunity to condense and ignite.
pr.caltech.edu /periodicals/eands/articles/LXVII1/farend.html   (458 words)

 TIME.com - End of the Universe
For one thing, the new observations bolster the theory of inflation: the notion that the universe went through a period of turbocharged expansion before it was a trillionth of a second old, flying apart (in apparent, but not actual, contradiction of Albert Einstein's theories of relativity) faster than the speed of light.
An equally bizarre implication is that the universe is pervaded with a strange sort of "antigravity," a concept originally proposed by and later abandoned by Einstein as the greatest blunder of his life.
The universe was indeed speeding up, suggesting that some sort of powerful antigravity force was at work, forcing the galaxies to fly apart even as ordinary gravity was trying to draw them together.
www.time.com /time/covers/1101010625/story.html   (3815 words)

 nova lounge: End of the Universe
Hence the wild race to measure the mass in the universe to see if there was enough 'there' there to reverse the expansion.
In the mean time, string and membrane theorists added their own multidimensional twists, dark matter theories were added to the accounting, and even then it appeared that the forever-expansionists had the upper hand.
An incredibly violent end, and much sooner than the multi-trillion year entropic death of the constant-rate expansion theories.
www.trancewave.com /novalounge/blog/2003/03/end-of-universe.html   (313 words)

 TV Review: Lexx - 'The End of the Universe' (spoilers)
Lexx - 'The End of the Universe' (spoilers)
He deftly avoids the question of how a universe remade in 790's image is in any way preferable to one recast in Mantrid's.
All the matter in the universe — the drones, the Lexx, the few remaining unconverted planets, stars, yellow moons and green clovers — gets sucked toward a single point like water spiraling down a drain.
www.space.com /sciencefiction/tv/lexx_220_spoilers_000814.html   (1021 words)

 The beginning/end of the universe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
The idea of a cyclic universe (Big Bang - Big Crunch repetition) has been around for a while, and as marcus described would require that the topology of the universe is "closed" (enough matter and energy for gravity to stop the expansion of spacetime).
The entirety of the universe was the Big Bang seed (whatever that was...it's unknown) and after the Big Bang, all of the points within the universe got further apart.
Even back at the beginning when the universe was "tiny" it was still boundless in the sense that there was no center or edge (extreme hyperbolic curvature of space)...so perhaps you could reach forward and touch your own back.
www.physicsforums.com /showthread.php?t=4148   (2226 words)

 OFF THE SHELF - "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" : Legends Magazine, Issue 86
The psychiatrists and philosophers of the world seem to have had a hand in the destruction of the earth five minutes before the Ultimate Question was revealed that could, very well possibly, put them and their comrades out of business.
Zaphod has discovered that there is a "locked off" portion of his brain that he himself had a hand in somehow in which there is hidden something important he must do.
As it turns out his ultimate plan is to meet the "Ruler of the Universe," who lives somewhere on a planet that is impossible to reach without, of course, the Improbability Drive ship he has stolen earlier.
www.legendsmagazine.net /86/restaur.htm   (603 words)

 CERN Courier - The end of the universe may - IOP Publishing - article
According to the current cosmological model, some 70% of the universe could be composed of "dark energy" acting as a repulsive force opposing gravitation.
If this were true, then rather than slowing down its expansion, the universe would actually be entering a phase of accelerated expansion similar to the inflation that lasted for a split second soon after the Big Bang.
The light we receive from it left the quasar when the universe was only about a billion years old.
www.cerncourier.com /main/article/42/3/11   (446 words)

 Quick Overview, science supports the universe is not self-sustaining, the universe will end
The universe is dying based on the following facts.
Eventually, all the stars will burn out and the entire universe will become a place of cold, eerie, lonely darkness.
However, the fact that the universe had a beginning and is destined to end cannot prove that God(
www.harvardhouse.com /universe_to_end.htm   (259 words)

As the universe expands these things eventually spread out to the point where each one is completely alone in the vastness of space.
You may also be interested in my brief history of the universe, which covers the past as well as the future.
The notion of a nonzero lower bound for the temperature of the universe are discussed in Scientific American articles appearing in the April 1999 and November 1999 issues, the latter written by Krauss and Starkman.
math.ucr.edu /home/baez/end.html   (2894 words)

 The End of the Universe - big crunch or big bang?
The universe is therefore destined to expand forever until it becomes a cold, dark place devoid of all signs of life.
This interesting discovery is far-reaching in that in implies that the direct evidence for solar neutrino transformation also indicates that neutrinos have mass and, by combining this with previous information, it is possible to set an upper limit on the sum of the known neutrino masses.
If the 'Big Crunch' model is discarded, the universe is predicted to expand into a diffuse, dark nothingness during the consecutive degenerate, fl hole and dark eras.
www.astronomytoday.com /cosmology/universe.html   (609 words)

 Magellan's Log: Where the Universe Ends   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
At that point, Black with all modesty, says he knew he had arrived at the end of the universe.
What the "end of the universe" means for us humans is simply the end of this existence we know and love, where certain rules and laws of physics and economics and politics and religion and behavior apply.
The "end of the universe" is the place where those rules and laws no longer apply.
www.texaschapbookpress.com /magellanslog80/endofuniverse.htm   (707 words)

 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of catering.
And to this end they built themselves a stupendous supercomputer which was so amazingly intelligent that even before its data banks had been connected up it had started from "I think, therefore I am" and got as far as deducing the existence of rice pudding and income tax before anyone managed to turn it off.
The inhabitants of this planet were not amused, however, and poured forth untold effort into improving their space program so that they may send out fleets of armed warships dealing electric death in the vast reaches of space to the civilization that brought forth such a monstrosity.
www.cs.utexas.edu /users/walter/theme-exams/hitchhiker.html   (1803 words)

 Amazon.com: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Books: Douglas Adams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe begins where The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy left off, only Zaphod Beeblebrox's idea of stopping for dinner at the aforementioned restaurant is delayed a bit (or an incredibly long bit, depending on your upcoming temporal location).
While The Restaurant at the End of the Universe isn't quite as amazing as its predecessor, this is only because its predecessor was so amazingly original and different from everything that came before it.
www.amazon.com /Restaurant-at-End-Universe/dp/0345391810   (2912 words)

 The end of the universe in two poems | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
Conventional estimates of the total mass of all the galaxies have long come up short of the density needed for re-collapse, and even with the addition of dark matter (which may comprise 90 percent of all the matter in the universe), the most you can do is slow the expansion down a little.
Even the members of the fl-hole spinning civilizations have a big problem on their hands: physicists suspect that the fundamental building-blocks of matter, protons and neutrons, may not be able to hold up after this much time.
As the universe continues to expand, any remaining photons will be stretched out to the point of non-existence, and any leftover particles will keep getting farther and farther apart from each other.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0829/p25s02-stss.html   (1712 words)

 Star Wars: Message Boards: The End of the Universe?
I read this interesting, albeit long and scientifically advanced, article on what people think the end of the universe will be.
Date Posted: Sep 02, 2003 10:38 AM Many religions believe that there is no set date for the Apocalypse, or end of the world/universe, but instead it will happen when humanity has fallen out of the favour of the God(s) because of their sins.
Date Posted: Sep 02, 2003 11:05 AM This message was edited by Rage of the Almighty on Sep 02, 2003 11:05 AM 2004-OCT-17: Clay Cantrell computes the date of the Rapture from size of Noah's Ark with particular attention to the precise location of the "escape window" in the top of the vessel.
forums.starwars.com /thread.jspa?threadID=136745   (667 words)

 The end of the universe(theory)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
The farthest points of the universe are accelerating faster and faster and thus growing in mass until it reaches the density of the fl hole and creates an event horizon.
I wonder if the theory of heat death is true, and if the Universe ends up in a state of heat equilibrium instead of the Big Crouch, which I have known earlier.
Assuming the universe is on the surface of a hyper-sphere (IE: 2 d universe on 3d sphere)
www.physicsforums.com /showthread.php?p=493827   (1427 words)

 The end of the universe is cancelled   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
The behaviour of the universe is a subject that has troubled some of the greatest minds in science.
It uses measurements of the heat left over from the Big Bang, in which the universe was born 14 billion years ago, to demonstrate that the universe is expanding rapidly and is safe from collapse.
Inside such a Universe the light moves on demultiplied curved trajectories, in a sort of chrystalline structure, as in a multidimensional kaleidoscope mirror.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/838970/posts   (4690 words)

 SPACE-TALK - End of the universe?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
There was speculation whether the universe would contract, expand indefinitely, or rip apart.
Basically, all the stars' fuel in the universe would be used up, fl holes would be left but even these would die out, then our universe would literally "rip" apart.
I agree that fl holes will probably be the ruler of the universe in a a few hundred billion years.
www.space-talk.com /ForumE/showthread.php3?postid=29159   (770 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy): Books: Douglas Adams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
Written by Douglas Adams, "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" was first published in 1980 and is the second instalment of his legendary five-part "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy.
At the end of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", Zaphod had decided to visit Milliways, the restaurant at the end of the universe.
What is more, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” doesn´t have a clear ending, and I find some fault in that.
www.amazon.co.uk /Restaurant-Universe-Hikers-Guide-Galaxy/dp/0330262130   (1934 words)

 Lexx: End Of The Universe - TV.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
With only hours to go before Mantrid has demolished the universe, Stanley comes up with the idea of creating their own army of drones based on 790 to combat Mantrid's.
You may rule the Universe, but this Universe is collapsing.
This Universe was born in a Big Bang, and now, it is about to die in a Big Collapse.
www.tv.com /lexx/end-of-the-universe/episode/32236/summary.html   (433 words)

 The Website at the End of the Universe | A science fiction community and weblog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-04)
The metaverse as described in Neal Stephenson's fantastic novel Snow Crash was one of the inspirations for the massively popular online universe of Second Life.
Penguin Books is now selling books in the Second Life universe and are starting with, appropriately enough, Snow Crash.
Most science fiction assumes that we are not alone in the universe, but, to date, we don't have any evidence that we aren't, although New Scientist has compiled a list of tantalizing clues that there may be life on other planets.
www.theendoftheuniverse.ca /index.php   (1416 words)

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