Space.com reports on a new theory about how “abiogenesis” (the transition of ordinary stuff like water and dirt containing molecules into “life”) might have started on Earth. Previous theories suggest that the first self-replicating life form probably came to be randomly in some kind of primordial soup. But some interesting new theories have emerged that suggest that this process wasn’t random at all and was actually bound to happen because of two special thermodynamics concepts known as “entropy” and “equilibrium”.
I’d like to be in the universe where my two-year-old son doesn’t currently have diarrhoea, but in this universe, The Guardian reports:
“[The] latest piece of evidence that could favour a multiverse comes from the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society. They recently published a study on the so-called ‘cold spot’. This is a particularly cool patch of space seen in the radiation produced by the formation of the Universe more than 13 billion years ago…
Perhaps the most exciting of these [explanations for the cold spot] is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe. If further, more detailed, analysis … proves this to be the case then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse.”
Unfortunately, according to the Guardian‘s article, if multiple universes can be proven, we’ll probably never be able to work out the ultimate goal of astro physics, “to explain why our universe is the way it is.”