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October 30, 2010

NASA to Launch Search for Parallel Universes

6a00d8341bf7f753ef012877113807970c-500wi When NASA launches "AMS-02" on Feb 27, 2011 at 4:04 PM Eastern. Sam Ting Principal Investigator for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 experiment hopes that it will provide data that proves the existence of parallel universes that are composed of anti-matter -discoveries could prove verify theories and answer basic questions regarding how the universe formed.

According to Ting,  the experiment is already accruing data as it awaits its February 2011 launch date. Scheduled to fly aboard the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, AMS-02 will search through cosmic rays for exotic particles, antimatter and dark matter. The experiment will be mounted to the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) and will require no spacewalks to attach.

While Ting has certain things that he hopes to discover, he believes that the most exciting questions are those that scientists don't even know to ask yet. 

The particles that the 7.5 ton experiment is currently registering have had some of their qualities removed by the abrasive nature of Earth’s atmosphere. This problem will be solved after Feb. 26 when the AMS-02 is delivered to its new home on the space station’s S3 truss assembly. From its high vantage point it is hoped that the experiment will open new windows into particle physics and cause a revolution in our understanding of the universe.

Ting hopes that AMS-02 will provide data that proves the existence of parallel universes that are composed of anti-matter. It is also hoped that the experiment will also discover particles that contain magnetic and electric particles that are exactly the opposite of ordinary particles -discoveries could verify theories and answer basic questions regarding how the universe formed such as that of Burt Ovrut, professor of theoretical high energy physics at the University of Pennsylvania and  pioneer of the use of M-theory to explain the Big bang without the presence of a singularity

Ovrut and colleagues imagine two branes, universes like ours, separated by a tiny gap as tiny as 10-32 meters. There would be no communictaion between the two universes except for our parallel sister universe's gravitational pull, which could cross the tiny gap. 

Orvut's theory could explain the effect of dark matter where areas of the universe are heavier than they should be given everything that's present. With Ovrut's theory, the nagging problems surrounding the Big Bang (beginning from what, and caused how?) are replaced by an eternal cosmic cycle where dark energy is no longer a mysterious unknown quantity, but rather the very extra gravitational force that drives the universe to universe (brane-brane) interaction. 

Up until AMS-02, mankind’s understanding of cosmic rays has been limited to measuring light gathered in telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This experiment will be the first time that charged particles can be studied in the cold vacuum of space – away from the distorting influence of Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.

The AMS-02 P.I. is also hoping to find out what dark matter is made of. This material is believed to be the “glue” that holds the universe together. mankind’s understanding of cosmic rays has been limited to measuring light gathered in telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This experiment will be the first time that charged particles can be studied in the cold vacuum of space – away from the distorting influence of Earth’s opaque atmosphere.

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Casey Kazan

Sources:

http://ams02project.jsc.nasa.gov/

http://www.ams02.org/

http://www1.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/AMS-02.html


http://ams-02project.jsc.nasa.gov/http://www.ams02.org/http://www1.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/AMS-02.html

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FOR THE LOVE OF CTHULHU PLEASE, PLEASE PROOFREAD THESE ARTICLES!!!

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One of the things I really like about science is the way in which previously-unanswerable questions can now be answered thanks to human ingenuity and building on what we've learned before. I am curious, though, as to why it is believed that a parallel universe would be composed of anti-matter. Our universe is "regular" matter because of a fundamental difference between regular & anti-matter, a difference that I would think would also play out in any parallel universes.

Regarding the explanation of dark matter as matter in a parallel universe, this could be a possibility I suppose, but isn't there thought to be 5 times as much dark matter as normal matter? That would imply either multiple parallel universes, and/or parallel universes much more massive than our own. If a parallel universe is substantially more massive than our own, then one would expect that it would have (many) more black holes, and that the distribution of dark matter as seen from our universe would be less distributed and more point-like.

Fascinating! This is no doubt one of the most beautiful and far-reaching scientific theories, I truly hope it is somehow proven right. Now it makes sense why we're here, because everything else also is, somewhere...

by definition, parallel universe don't interact with our universe, otherwise it would a part of ours and no longer "parallel".

this kind of theory is the sign that we need a revolution in physics instead of recycling old theories.

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by definition, parallel universe don't interact with our universe, otherwise it would a part of ours and no longer "parallel".
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AMS-02 is not searching for parallel Universes. That's just another stupid and misleading Daily Galaxy article title. It is searching for antimatter and strangelets, and is trying to shed more light upon what the Dark Matter, which we know exists in our Universe, actually is.

To be honest, I'm not at all clear on just *how* it's supposed to do this. It's a very strange mission, in my opinion. And its Wikipedia article includes odd tidbits like this:

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"By not detecting any antihelium the AMS-01 established an upper limit of 1.1×10−6 for antihelium to helium[7] and proved that the detector concept worked in space."
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Hey. I put out a rain gauge in my backyard, yesterday, and it didn't rain last night. It read 0 inches of rain this morning, thus proving that the rain gauge works.


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this kind of theory is the sign that we need a revolution in physics instead of recycling old theories.
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No. But your post is further indication that there are many ignorant folks out there, like you, who don't understand our current physics models, which are no doubt incomplete, but explain most of the extant data.

Please specify why you think we need to throw out our current models. I'm pretty sure I know what you are going to say. And that I can grind your "argument" to powder, easily. But I'd like to confirm what you are thinking first.

And while you are at it, please detail your own set of physics models which explain the data as well as currently accepted models, and either explain a few more things, or explain what the current models do more parsimoniously.

-Steve

@steve: do you feel better now?

dark energy, dark matter, string theory or parrallel universe have never been demonstrated or proved, and are for the moment simple hypothesis as aether, higgs boson or phlogiston in their time


Camillo,

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do you feel better now?
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Not really. The combination of arrogance and ignorance I observe on this site saddens me. But let's have a look at your list.

First, we can divide it into two groups: "Science", and "Not (yet?) Science". Into the "Not (yet?) Science" group go String Theory and Parallel Universes.

String Theory is an elegant piece of mathematics. It started out as a different way of formulating Quantum Mechanics. And a theory of gravity just kind of spontaneously fell out of it. Which is very encouraging. Unfortunately, String Theory (which has been called M-Theory since about 1995, when Ed Witten showed that the 5 different versions of String Theory were actually just 5 representations of the same underlying thing) doesn't make testable predictions. And theories which don't make testable predictions are, by definition, not science. If you have some alternate theory which combines the electroweak, strong, and gravitational forces into one Grand Unified Theory, and makes testable predictions, I would encourage you to publish it as soon as possible.

For the present, and from the standpoint of the scientific method, all we can say is that M-Theory is elegant mathematics which is in alignment with observation. But the predictions it makes are beyond the ability of our current technology to test.

Parallel Universes are difficult to talk about. There are about three different hypothesized varieties. And again, they are not currently fit topics for science, due to the lack of testability. As I mentioned previously, AMS-02 isn't looking for parallel universes. It's looking for exotic matter. LHC might evidence for one possible type of "parallel universe". The hidden dimensions of M-Theory.

I have more to say about the idea of parallel universes here: http://tinyurl.com/263ph88

So let's stop and see how well you are doing at this point. Actually, not too badly. You've pegged M-Theory and parallel universes as being speculative, at this time. And no reasonable scientist would argue against you. I certainly would not. Even though I do find M-Theory attractive, and suspect that the Multiverse might exist. Along with the extra 7 spatial dimensions of M-Theory. And while the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is hard to talk about, how else can one reconcile the two hole experiment with our reality?

Unfortunately, you also include Dark Matter and Dark Energy on your list. And that was a mistake on your part. I don't blame you, particularly. Science popularizers like Neil Tyson and Stephen Hawking go out of their way to say things like "We've been studying the universe for *hundreds* of years, and only understand 4% of it"! Very dramatic, indeed. But it just gives lay-people the impression that the scientific community is nothing more than The Keystone Cops V2.0. And I really wish they'd stop that shit.

I don't feel like typing it all again. So please see this post, which puts Dark Matter and Dark Energy into proper perspecive:

http://tinyurl.com/2dhr4w6

Dark Matter is as real as the orbit of Jupiter. Gravitational influence is a perfectly valid way of detecting matter. Even if it doesn't happen to shine. And your claiming that it hasn't been proven to exist puts you in about the same class as the flat-earthers. Dark Energy, as I mention in the linked post, does, in fact, suggest something of a revolution in our physics. But one similar to Einstein's modification of Newtonian dynamics. An extension of existing physics which does not throw the baby out with the bathwater, but extends our physics in a way which opens up profound new possibilities. It's well established by observational data. And before our study of it is concluded, it's probably going to either place Einstein's "Cosmological Constant" into General Relativity as a definite, requiring that we explain it and put a value upon it (and explain why it's not either zero or much larger than what we observe), or require that we modify General Relativity in some more fundamental way.

When laymen say that we need to throw everthing out and start over, they have no idea what they are talking about throwing out.

Again, if you think you have a better cosmology, which explains the data better than the current consensus cosmology, pray present it. But rest assured that it will be met with a healthy scientific skepticism, extending far beyond the forums of the Daily Galaxy dot com.

-Steve

Seriously?

You should really look into http://www.physorg.com/ .

could be a dumb question this one but its coming from high school drop-out with an interest in cosmology. Is it possible that the higgs boson is just another version of the "ether"? Was reading some material that suggested Tesla had an idea of this but as the source is somewhat "fringe" i'm a bit confused. Cheers Steve.

Wayno said:

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could be a dumb question this one but its coming from high school drop-out with an interest in cosmology.
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Nope. Dumb is when one holds onto ideas in the face of a preponderance of evidence against them. Asking the question is never dumb.

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Is it possible that the higgs boson is just another version of the "ether"?
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Well, if you're having trouble wrapping your brain around the concept of the Higgs Field, you're not alone. I have yet to see a really good explanation of what it is and how it acts. Most analogies leave the reader with the vague impression that the Higgs particle is either Albert Einstein or Margaret Thatcher, depending upon the venue.

But no. While I can see where one might the impression that the Higgs field is similar to the Newtonian aether, I think the aether is gone for good. Relativity pretty thoroughly abolished it.

But I don't really have a good enough grasp of the Higgs field, myself, to feel safe saying much more than that.

-Steve

When did gravity change from being a warp in space and time to a force, with a particle?

around the same time science began the long road of discovery to unify the 4 forces.

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Steve , well argued, but you do contradict yourself - 'require that we modify General Relativity in some more fundamental way'...and the discovery of relativity changed everything giving us a new understanding about the linkage of space and time, future technology will be able to harness this to do many things that Newtonian physics would not have allowed.

DURGADAS DATTA published in ASTRONOMY.NET in year 2002 --Misjudgements by Newton ,.. ETHER=GRAVITY=DARK ENERGY THEORY,.. Balloon inside balloon theory of matter and antimatter UNIVERSE on opposite entropy path producing gravitoethertons which we call ether or dark energy by annihilation of matter and antimatter at boundary and injected into our universe . So we live in non uniform gravitoetherton soup we call space or dark energy. THESE GRAVITOETHERTONS ARE COMPOSED OF FIVE GOD PARTICLES --FOUR FOR FOUR FORCES AND ONE FOR MASS CREATION . THIS NON UNIFORMITY MAY COMPEL US TO REVISE NEWTONS EQUATION IN LINE WITH COULOMBS LAW AS ..F=P.G.M.m/R.R WHERE P IS PERMEABILITY OF SPACE ENERGY DENSITY. WE HAVE TO RELOOK DARK MATTER AS THICK SOUP OF DARK ENERGY AS PER REVISED NEWTONS LAW.GRAVITY IS A MONOMAGNETIC COUPLING PUSH OF GRAVITON ON EACH MOLECULE IRRESPECTIVE OF MOLECULAR WEIGHT SO THAT WE SEE EQUAL FALL IRRESPECTIVE MATERIAL ETCETC. SIMILARLY AVOGADROS LAW CAN BE EXPLAINED BY THE MASSON GOD PARTICLE ON MONO MAGNETIC PRINCIPLE SO THAT WE SEE EQUAL NUMBER OF MOLECULES UNDER SAME CONDITION AS AVOGADRO PREDICTED ETC ETC --VERY INTERESTING AND PLEASE READ THE THEORIES OF DURGADAS DATTA.

The adds are really annoying. I can't even read half of the article because they are blocking the words.

I'd like to ask a question first. Is there such a thing as "Objective reality" when talking about the "other" universes? Aren't they just probabilities as visualized by Feynman in his "Sum - over histories" interpretation of the Quantum theory?


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