Rest Easy, Chicken Little

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WASHINGTON: It's universally true: You can't go home again, ever. The universe, which has been expanding at a constant rate since its inception with the "Big Bang," is not ultimately headed for collapse. It will expand forever. Scientists now say that the "Big Crunch" theory, which holds that the universe will finally compress itself into a tiny ball of unimaginable density, appears to have been flawed all along.

Five teams of astronomers, each using different research techniques, have all arrived at the same conclusion: The universe, perhaps as old as 15 billion years, just doesn't contain enough mass to ever summon up the necessary gravitational pull. So sit back and enjoy the ride.