Will time end in 3.7 billion years? Maybe … maybe not

Agence France-Presse provides the latest take on the suggestion that time itself has a [50-50 chance of ending within the next 3.7 billion years][1]. The claim is contained in a paper submitted to the arXiv.org website by Berkeley’s Raphael Bousso and colleagues, and discussed last month in [Technology Review’s arXiv Blog][2]. In the long run, we’re all dead, and in much less than 3.7 billion years. Nevertheless, it’s sobering to think that Earth might actually still be around when the end comes. The caveat is that many physicists say Bousso’s suggestion arises only because of a mismatch in statistical and theoretical assumptions. For more on the planet’s demi-doom, check out the perspectives from [New Scientist][3] and [Australia’s ABC News][4].

[1]: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101016/sc_afp/scienceusjapanastrophysics_20101016011106 [2]: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25807/ [3]: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19513-countdown-to-oblivion-why-time-itself-could-end.html?full=true [4]: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/08/3032932.htm

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