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Thursday, September 17, 2009

What would you like to know about your Universe — The fifth online poll

This poll is now closed. The most popular question was: "Is time travel allowed?" We will publish the answer in an article on Plus shortly. Thank you for taking part!

This is the fifth online poll in our series to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Choose your favourite question from the list on the right, and we'll put the one that proves most popular to world-leading astronomers and cosmologists, including Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and author and cosmologist John D. Barrow. The poll will remain open for a month and the answer will be published in a Plus article and podcast soon after. If your most burning question is not on this list, then leave a comment on this blog and we'll endeavour to include it in a future poll.

The winning questions in our previous polls have been


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At 12:54 PM, Blogger energy said...

the nature of the universe and consciousness

author : Nguyen Van Hung

Nationality : vietnamese

Tel: 0084945294505, email : ngvnhg@gmail


What is the nature of the universe and consciousness ?

How is the material constructed ?

That is the problem concerning to the humankind for a long time. And we always thought that the universe is created from the elementary particles, but perhaps we also always agree with Geoffrey Chew’s idea : “A truly elementary particle – completely devoid of internal structure – could not be subject to any forces that would allow us to detect its existence. The mere knowledge of a particle’s existence, that is to say, implies that the particle possesses internal structure!” (1).

And it must be completely homogeneous, each its debris must be intact itself not different, it could not be subject to the space and time

With that particularities, the elementary particle could not exist in the our world, even though in the subatomic world.

So, why do we always thought that it must be a smallest particle?

Why can not it be an unlimited one, contains all motive laws of the universe?

And there is only the unlimited one that contains all the particularities of an elementary particle.

Therefore, universe is just one the unlimited and homogeneous entity, with an inherent internal energy in oscillations form, in which, the material is mere the sets of internal oscillations of that entity.


At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When talking about the theory of evolution and the age of the earth and it's inhabitants, no one ever wants to talk about the lose of speed in the spin of the earth. How many years back would the spin of the earth be so great that no person could remain on the surface because gravity could no longer hold them down and/or the wind sheer would be so great that the surface would begin to become smooth? This would definitely have a lot to do with the age of mammals on this planet.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger gallybalder said...

The earth was not very different from today when mammals evolved less than 200m years ago!

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two questions I would like to see discussed:

1) What is thought to have taken place before the big bang? What caused it? Did something exist before then that collapsed, much like a star does under its own gravity before becoming a supernova?

2) What is thought to be occurring on the edge of the universe? I guess the bigger question is, do we have an idea about the shape of our universe?

At 10:03 AM, Anonymous The Plus Team said...

Hi there,

The answer to the first question has been explored in a Plus article. For an answer to the second question, please tick the corresponding box in the current poll.

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