The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.
The particle accelerator, which will be restarted this week, has already found the Higgs boson - the God Particle - which is thought to give mass to other particles.
Now scientists at Cern in Switzerland believe they might find miniature black holes which would reveal the existence of a parallel universe.
And if the holes are found at a certain energy, it could prove the controversial theory of 'rainbow gravity' which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started, and no Big Bang. The theory was postulated to reconcile Einstein's theory of general relativity - which deals with very large objects, and quantum mechanics - which looks at the tiniest building blocks of the universe. It takes its name from a suggestion that gravity's effect on the cosmos is felt differently by varying wavelengths of light.
The huge amounts of energy needed to make 'rainbow gravity' would mean that the early universe was very different. One result would be that if you retrace time backward, the universe gets denser, approaching an infinite density but never quite reaching it.
The effect of rainbow gravity is small for objects like the Earth but it is significant and measurable for black holes. It could be detected by the Large Hadron Collider if it picks up or creates black holes within the accelerator.
"We have calculated the energy at which we expect to detect these mini black holes in gravity's rainbow [a new theory]. If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity's rainbow and extra dimensions are correct," Dr Mir Faizal said.
The second run of the LHC will begin this week and the beams are expected to go full circle tomorrow for the first time since the 27km accelerator was shut down in 2013 for an upgrade. When it is fired up, it will smash protons together at nearly double the energy used to find the Higgs boson.
Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN, said the switch-on would create 'a new era for physics' which could also shed light on dark matter, dark energy and super-symmetry.
Scientists believe they could find the first proof of alternative realities that exist outside our own universe.
It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may 'leak' into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say. (© Daily Telegraph, London)