Hanging in the balance

Hanging in the balance

What is the fate of the universe?

By Elizabeth Quill, 11:26 AM April 7, 2011

The fate of the universe was supposed to be sealed by the turn of the millennium.

“I imagined we’d be walking around holding a sign saying ‘the world is coming to an end’ or ‘the world is not coming to an end,’ ” recalls astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter.

But as Y2K soothsayers readied for impending doom, Perlmutter and his colleagues delivered a surprising discovery suggesting that the world’s fate would stay in limbo long after the Times Square ball dropped and any leftover champagne went f...

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