The Stars Are Right II
Speaking of all matters stellar, skyfull and wondrous, scientists have found some interesting evidence that suggests our universe could be in need of a paintjob, as it seems to have played bumper-tag with another universe — and left a dent in the cosmic background radiation of our own.
Long a theoretical possibility — and a standard trope of countless SF movies (and Cthulhu tales….) — additional universes to our own, fellow travelers on a macro-cosmic “foam” of possibilities, bubbles of universal space-time expanding, existing and contracting on a sea of omni-infinity — new research by Stephen Feeney at University College London (I took classes there!) has detected what appear to be four “bruises” from where neighboring universes bumped into our own, sometime over the vastness of time.
The caveat here is that with the scales involved and the sheer amount of time, these bruises, artifacts in the background radiation left over from the birth and expansion of our universe, are statistically possible. With a large enough data-set, you can find anything (erroneously) if you look at things the right way.
The trick here is going to be discovering if this is merely a statistical anomaly, without any real world meaning, or the first in a bit of evidence confirming universes adjacent — and most likely incredibly alien, with completely different laws of physics — from our own.
And you guys wonder why I like Lovecraft so much.