The Universe Is Just Like Chocolate Syrup

splash of chocolate isolated on white background

Science just got a little sweeter with the news that our universe is just like chocolate syrup. This comes from some physicists who analyzed the consistency of the universe using sound waves.

To a sound wave, the cosmos has the consistency of chocolate syrup.

That’s one discovery that scientists investigating the Big Bang have made using a new approach that treats the matter in the universe as a peculiar kind of fluid. They have calculated properties that characterize the universe’s behavior and evolution, including its viscosity, or resistance to deformation by sound waves and other disturbances.

“Twenty pascal-seconds is the viscosity of the universe,” said Leonardo Senatore, an assistant professor of physics at Stanford University — just as it is for the ice cream topping.

Leonardo Senatore, an assistant professor at Stanford University, is leading an effort to develop a new computational approach to cosmology that could reveal details about how the universe began.

The viscosity calculation could help cosmologists sleuth out the details of the Big Bang, and possibly someday identify its trigger, by enabling them to track the fluidlike flow of the cosmos back 13.8 billion years to its initial state.

Mmmm…I could go for some space poured all over a bowl of ice cream right now.

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(via io9)


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