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Researchers: Either dark energy or string theory is wrong. Or both are.

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Dark energy. Even the name is intriguing. Isn’t it a line of cosmetics already? But the evidence base is getting murkier all the time.

The conjecture, if true, would mean the density of dark energy in our universe cannot be constant, but must instead take a form called “quintessence” — an energy source that will gradually diminish over tens of billions of years. Several telescope experiments are underway now to more precisely probe whether the universe is expanding with a constant rate of acceleration, which would mean that as new space is created, a proportionate amount of new dark energy arises with it, or whether the cosmic acceleration is gradually changing, as in quintessence models. A discovery of quintessence would revolutionize fundamental physics and cosmology, including rewriting the cosmos’s history and future. Instead of tearing apart in a Big Rip, a quintessent universe would gradually decelerate, and in most models, would eventually stop expanding and contract in either a Big Crunch or Big Bounce.

Paul Steinhardt, a cosmologist at Princeton University and one of Vafa’s co-authors, said that over the next few years, “all eyes should be on” measurements by the Dark Energy Survey, WFIRST and Euclid telescopes of whether the density of dark energy is changing. “If you find it’s not consistent with quintessence,” Steinhardt said, “it means either the swampland idea is wrong, or string theory is wrong, or both are wrong or — something’s wrong.” Natalie Wolchover, “Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory” at Quanta

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One of the things that I’ve noticed, especially since the launch of the LHC, was the fact that no discernible proof was observed of string theory or dark matter or dark energy. Honestly, I truly believe that string theory is more of an ad hoc no differently than the multi-verse. And always struck me as odd though that we can detect neutrinos in a very inadvertent way but we still can’t detect dark matter AaronS1978
I've always thought that inventing unobservables was the sign of a desperate theory suffering from a lack of evidence. String theory, dark matter, dark energy, (neo)darwinian evolution; they're all incompatible with science. ScuzzaMan

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