Many of you sent this extremely intriguing article, and some of you - Ms. K.M. in particular - immediately suggested a high octane speculation that might explain it, though I don't know of any scientist that has made the suggestion that she did, and that we will entertain here. In any case, here's the article:
There's so much meat to chew on here one doesn't know really where to begin, but consider these paragraphs:
"Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, a team led by Damien Hutsemékers from the University of Liège in Belgium studied 93 quasars known to form huge groupings. We’re seeing them now at a time when the universe was only about a third of its current age. “The first odd thing we noticed was that some of the quasars’ rotation axes were aligned with each other—despite the fact that these quasars are separated by billions of light-years,” Hutsemékers says in a news release.
"So the team wanted to find out if the rotation axes were linked at that time—and not just to each other, but also to the structure of the universe on large scales. When looking at the distribution of galaxies on scales of billions of light-years, astronomers have found that galaxies aren’t evenly distributed: They form a web of filaments and clump around huge galaxy-scarce voids. This arrangement of material is known as the large-scale structure.
"These new findings indicate that the rotation axes of quasars tend to be parallel to the large-scale structures that they inhabit. That means that if the quasars are in a long filament, then the spins of their central black holes will point along the filament. (See the image above.) According their estimates, there’s only a one percent probability that these alignments are simply the result of chance." (emphasis added)
Note that the filamentary structure - breathtakingly illustrated by the last picture in the article - is some 300,000,000 light years across. This in itself is revealing, for the cosmological problem posed by special and general relativity was that the velocity of light was the "upper limit" on electromagnetic energy, and hence, large structures such as we are looking at here had to be bound together in some other way.
Then along came photon entanglement, one of the most peculiar and bizarre phenomenon in all of physics. The essence of this is that is one "entangles" the information in two photons such that they reproduce each other's information exactly, and then shoots them at light speed away from each other, altering the information in one will alter the information in the other, instantly, no matter how far apart they are. One of the key types of information used in such experiments is polarization, or to put it differently, the "spin" information and all that this implies: plane of rotation, axis of rotation, and so on.
Note that what might be happening - and here comes the high octane speculation of the day, and, remembering that it was Ms. K.M. who suggested it - is a similar sort of phenomenon on a macro or very large scale. Entanglement, in other words, might not be a phenomenon restricted just to the quantum sphere or the physics of the very small, but something operative under certain conditions at the macro level, or the physics of the very large. Entanglement might be a kind of cosmic "analogical principle." When one looks at the stunning photograph at the end of the article, another thought also occurs: with but little modification, one might think one was looking at a photograph of a neuron; in other words, the physics of the very large might be suggesting something like a cosmic or cosmological neural net underlies the phenomenon of such large scale "entanglement." Such high octane speculations, if true, would seem to indicate that the views of some scientists that the universe and all physical fields are ultimately fields of information might just be beginning to come into its own. If so, then such filamentary structures on the very large scale - structures long ago discussed by Swedish plasma cosmologist Hannes Alfven - might be a clue to the fundamental structures of physics, and might ultimately pave the way for "cosmic capabilities" and even a kind of "travel",utilizing the cosmic analogy of entanglement. Time, and the actual hard date of numbers, of course, will tell.
See you on the flip side...