You know what happens the more you look, right? Well guess what, the upstate ballot results are in and it's now official: we know absolutely nothing.
Two major astronomical observatories recently wrapped up an exhaustive study of the fine-structure constant (also known as alpha or the "magic number" which defines the strength of electromagnetism). This constant has for years been a keystone on which our understanding of physics depends.
Well, guess what they learned? The constant is not constant. According to Kotaku:
"After measuring alpha in around 300 distant galaxies, a consistency emerged: this magic number, which tells us the strength of electromagnetism, is not the same everywhere as it is here on Earth, and seems to vary continuously along a preferred axis through the universe," Professor John Webb from the University of New South Wales said.
Oops. Back to the old drawing board.