Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/13/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The bad news is you're 'stored' in two-dimensional space.

Good news. This universe is pretty much a dream and everything around you is a projection. No, you didn't take the blue pill or anything, this is just the stunning conclusion of a report published in the journal Nature. Preliminary, mathematical results suggest that this theory might be true.

Nope.

Nope.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/13/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: String theory, universe, hologram, Hyakutake, cosmology


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hold on to your dog, we're not in Kansas anymore. Two papers posted in the asXiv database and discussed in the journal Nature, suggest that the universe we live in may not be what it seems.

Scientists, particularly cosmologists, who study the universe and its formation, have long wondered where the universe came from and why the universe is precisely the way it is. Going beyond traditional, practical understandings of the universe, they seek to divine the physical laws and realities that actually piece the universe together.

Albert Einstein has done a fairly good job of explaining how gravity works, but nobody understands precisely why. His Theory of Gravity is perhaps one of the most fundamental understandings of the universe itself. With it, we can explain virtually everything we observe in space.

However, Einstein's work has a minor flaw, evidenced by its incongruity with quantum physics. Nobody quite understands why, but the hunch is that we're wrong about the universe, at least in some way. 

In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena tossed an almost ludicrous idea into the mix. He hypothesized that the universe might not be made of three dimensions, with which we are familiar, but of ten.

Currently, the fellow on the street is aware of three dimensions of space and one of time. It's a fairly basic and common understanding.

However, according to Maldacena, the universe is made up of tiny strings that are incredibly small and intricate. There are nine strings of space and one of time.

If this sounds absurd to you, don't despair. Basic comprehension of this theory usually develops for people who are in graduate school for physics. For the rest of us, the notion is so alien that it is difficult to grasp.

According to Maldacena, our universe is actually a holographic projection of two-dimensional space. The Daily Mail used the analogy of a credit-card strip to illustrate. On the magnetic strip, there is stored, in two dimensions, information that can be projected into three.

Since we clearly live in three-dimensional space, we must be the hologram. However, the actual reality is the two dimensional space in which everything occurs.

This notion is almost worthy of immediate dismissal by virtue of the fact that it sounds like the ultimate gobbledygook except for one simple fact: the math works. Calculations performed by Japanese researcher Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University, match perfectly with relevant observations made of a black hole--a place where theoretically, information is stored in two dimensions.

In a separate paper, Hyakutake compared his numbers to figures predicted by the theory and surprisingly, the two matched.

That's a gross oversimplification of his work, to merely explain that his observations matched the theory, however the papers are receiving positive reception among the scientific community, which is hard at work trying to replicate his calculations and to possibly falsify them.

Nevertheless, not only do his calculations work, but they are actually simpler than current models of quantum physics. They also bridge the gap between Einstein's Theory of Gravity and quantum physics.

If correct, Hyakutake could easily win a Nobel Prize for his work. It could also revolutionize how we understand the universe and our place within it.



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Technology

Is Facebook changing? Facebook plans to conquer the virtual world this year Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer promised that the Virtual Reality (VR) program will come into life within the year. The Oculus headset, which was on their top secret list before, was announced to be available soon, but the exact release date is not ... continue reading


Smartphones and Internet may be putting your child's mental health in jeopardy Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil

The number of young people being admitted for mental treatments since 2010 has rapidly increased. Julie Lynn Evans, a psychotherapist for over 25 years now, is grateful for the additional funding being sent into mental health services, but she believes the dilemma ... continue reading


Stealth fighter jets in U.S. set to get massive upgrades Watch

Image of Pentagon officials have stressed the importance of developing the new long-range strike bomber calling it critical to national security and nuclear deterrence.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mainstay of United States military defense, stealth bombers have been around since the Seventies. The Air Force's aging fleet is now ready for an expensive makeover. The Pentagon intends to develop a high-priority, super-classified, next-generation bomber. ... continue reading


Will you say 'hello' to Barbie? Mattel's new Barbie doll is 'creeping out' parents, raising concerns of privacy Watch

Image of Hello Barbie will allow its owner to carry on a conversation through recorded audio and WiFi.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Classic toy doll, Barbie, has been reinvented after the makers, Mattel received numerous requests for a Barbie doll that kids can talk to, according to a spokesperson of the toy company. Mattel's response is WiFi connected "Hello Barbie" that comes with an installed ... continue reading


Scientists find way to eliminate inherited diseases with genetically modified human eggs Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New gene-editing techniques are being improved and could soon eliminate inherited diseases from future generations by modifying the DNA of human egg cells. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Although the idea of editing chromosomes in human eggs or sperm is feared, ... continue reading


Hidden spy cameras discovered at United States post office, installation confirmed by USPIS Watch

Image of freerepublic.com

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A hidden camera disappeared just after an hour of being discovered at a Denver local post office, Fox31 Denver reported. People became alarmed that they are being watched as they drop-off their mails with the possibility of the camera collecting their facial features ... continue reading


Your selfie can now be seen by millions: Charity campaign puts selfies on billboards for donations Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

By participating in the Ultimate Selfie Campaign (#ultimateselfiecampaign), people can now have millions of people across the United States see their selfie or favorite photo on digital billboards, while helping charities with a $25 donation. The project was an ... continue reading


BIG, BIG things predicated on Apple's 'Smartwatch' Watch

Image of A solid gold version aimed at the very rich will tarnish a brand that promises

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While Apple remains unusually successful, there are already naysayers lining up to predict that the company's forthcoming "Smartwatch" will be a flop. Many details about the new gadget remain under wraps. Questions remain about the watch's price, the battery ... continue reading


Let there be light: New urine-powered light bulbs bring light to refugee camps Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Pee Power" is what the people are calling this strange innovation. British students and researchers, from the University of the West of England and the OxFam global aid agency, have invented a mode in which light bulbs can be powered by urine. The University has ... continue reading


Zombie Apocalypse: Safest plan is to 'head for the hills,' according to experts Watch

Image of In the event of a zombie apocalypse, cities would fall quickly. However, it would take weeks for zombies to penetrate into less densely populated areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the event the dead return to life and begin to cannibalize the living, turning them into hordes of the shuffling undead, theoretically - there would be few options. Researchers at Cornell University offer a practical bit of advice should this happen - head ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 15:1-39
1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, ... Read More

Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 29th, 2015 Image

St. Berthold
March 29: Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter