Cosmologists have established a fascinating new model for the universe that prompted them to accidentally stumble across the answer to the enigma that is dark energy. Uppsala University researchers said the universe is riding on an expanding bubble of dark matter that sits in an extra dimension. The University said in a statement: “The Uppsala scientists’ model provides a new, different picture of the creation and future fate of the universe, while it may also pave the way for methods of testing string theory.” The discovery that the universe is expanding was announced more than 20 years ago, with scientists adding that it was doing so at an accelerating rate.
Supporting this theory is that so-called “dark energy” penetrates the universe, which is what makes it balloon outwards.
The theorem also suggests that the matter consists of small, vibrating “stringlike” entities that only exist should there be an ever-increasing number of dimensions.
But recently, this idea – known commonly among scientists as the “string theory” – has faced criticism with boffins believing the popular model simply does not work.
Now, University academics believe their universe model has unearthed a truth about the universe, in that it sits on a giant bubble of dark matter from another dimension.
The theorem also does not entirely rule out the “strong theory” either, and has added to the latter model by insisting the strings work alongside the bubble.
The team, from the gothic city near Stockholm, Sweden, believe other universes have more bubbles than our own does and they are currently working to prove this.
The dark energy mystery came from the belief that gravity will pull matter together and eventually slow down the expansion of the universe.
But when the famous Hubble Space Telescope came along, scientists were shocked to find that the expansion of the universe was not slowing down and was instead accelerating.
An explanation followed this, and revealed space was not empty and was in fact made of 68 percent dark energy that acts as a mechanism to push our universe.
So far, no dark energy model established has proved workable.