Accept that you are absolutely alone in this vast, ever expanding Universe… that is a given but now scientists say that while they thought is was slowing down it’s actually expanding at an acclerating rate and always has been ever since the big bang. ( I predict another real estate boom in 2511. ) That is the conclusions of Saul Perlmutter and two other scientists who were all awarded the Nobel Prize for physics last week for their findings. Perlmutter claims that he had believed that gravity was actually slowing down the expansion of the Universe but the data he was collecting suggested otherwise. ” When we started getting results that showed that it was not slowing…that in fact it wasn’t slowing at all — it was speeding up — it was a pretty big shock,” says Perlmutter, an astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. ” It would be a little like throwing an apple up in the air and you would expect that it would be pulled back down due to gravity,” Perlmutter tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “What we were seeing was a little bit like throwing the apple up in the air and seeing it blast off into space.” ( I always thought gravity sucked too but who knew? it blows! ) The results of the research also suggest that the empty space in the universe isn’t really empty — that it might be filled with what scientists called dark energy. The dark energy, spread throughout the universe, is thought to be associated with all empty space and is somehow working against gravity to push the universe apart faster and faster. “If that is the explanation, then most of the universe is actually made up of this dark energy, which we’ve never previously studied,” says Perlmutter. As for what dark energy is, your guess is as good as mine…but I can tell you this…it’s pretty fucking dark.