Monday, June 09 2008
  Time for ze science updates!
Posted By Shaddak

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As you probably know, an organism’s genome is the complete collection of the genetic material contained in it’s chromosomes. That information is, of course, broken down into the units we refer to as genes. The human genome contains somewhere under 25,000 separate genes.

While humans don’t have many more genes than simpler organisms, like fruit flies and roundworms, the network of protein interactions in our cells is larger and more complex. The proteins encoded by our genes interact in roughly 650,000 ways. This means that the human interactome is roughly 10 times larger than that of the fruit fly, and 3 times larger than that of the roundworm.

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Parallel universes aren’t supposed to observable, but a collison from one might leave a visible sign of their existence. Although we wouldn’t technically be able to “see” the offending universe, this kind of cosmic impact might leave it’s mark in the microwave background.

Of course, when discussing parallel universes, one must keep in mind their origins. The origin of these parallel universes may simply be a consequence of the birth of our own universe. You see, cosmologists believe that shortly after our universe was born, a brief period of rapid expansion (also called inflation) enlarged it by many orders of magnitude. Most of inflation’s testable theoretical predictions have been confirmed. But the theory, proposed by an MIT cosmologist in 1981, also implies that inflation didn’t happen only once. Instead, it is still happening, continually inflating other patches of space.

Regardless of their origins, these bubble universe could run into each other. If another of these bubbles collided with our own, the results could technically be fatal. Assuming the results weren’t fatal, however, the collision might be seen as a disturbance of the microwave background.

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By the way, Bear Grylls can suck my balls.


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