Some some interesting news from the field of science:

If calculations of the newly discovered Higgs boson particle are correct, one day, tens of billions of years from now, the universe will disappear at the speed of light, replaced by a strange, alternative dimension.

It’s going to be a fun time for the species that inhabit the universe. Fun, because this will happen at the speed of light. That is to say, the moment they see it is happening is the moment they disappear.

To elaborate, let’s assume we exist until then and have giant telescopes in every direction to detect where the end is approaching from. (Why we’d do that is another question, for there’s nothing we could do to escape anyway.) Any change happening in the known universe will be brought to us by the light travelling from the point of the change–which is also incidentally, the speed at which the universe will be disappearing. This means the moment we detect that something has changed is the moment we cease to exist.

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The end of the universe is not to be confused with the end of our solar system. We will be engulfed by our sun in a little more than 5 billion years. We’ll have sufficient warning for that one. Pack your bags when the sun turns red.

But here’s an interesting question: If you were around then, would you pack and leave the solar system or stay and perish with the earth when the sun vapourizes everything on earth? Or, for the patriotic, perish with/in your country?

(Truth be told, it won’t be a momentary death; it’ll be a long and torturous perishing–think global warming on steroids. For now, assume that the whole thing will happen quickly.)