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"someone could devise a machine that lets one universe communicate with another."
Originally posted by Son of Will
Uhhh, I hate to burst FoxNews' bubble, but that experiment most certainly did NOT prove the existence of multiple dimensions. It proved the concept of supersymmetry, where objects can simultaneously exist in multiple states. These states all exist in our universe however - that's the weirdness of quantum physics. When you go to a small enough scale, the very fabric of matter and energy becomes more a haze of potential wavestates rather than a strict matrix of solid objects.
It's ludicrous to think that this even hints at parallel dimensions. If the object was vibrating in a parallel dimension, how do you suppose they detected that? Rhetorical question - they didn't.
edited to elaborate a bit.
[edit on 4-9-2010 by Son of Will]
It's ludicrous to think that this even hints at parallel dimensions.
A phenomenon called time dilation is the key here. Time passes more slowly the closer you approach the speed of light -- an unbreakable cosmic speed limit. As such, the hands of a clock in a speeding train would move more slowly than those in a stationary clock. The difference would not be humanly noticeable, but when the train pulled back into the station, the two clocks would be off by billionths of a second. If such a train could attain 99.999 percent light speed, only 1 year would pass on board for every 223 years back at the train station.
Although direct experimental testing of String Theory involves grand explorations and development in engineering, there are several indirect experiments that may prove partial truth to String Theory.