For John, BLUF: Holy Jean-Luc Picard. Warp Drive at the Big Bang! Nothing to see here; just move along.
Over at Fortuna's Corner we have "New Big Bang Evidence Points to Multiple Universes".
Miriam Kramer, has an article with the title above in the March 19, 2014 online website, “Space.com.” She writes that “the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang some 14B years ago — also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there.And, to add to the shock, we had stuff moving at more that the speed of light, which we know can't happen.
Earlier this week, scientists reported “new findings that mark the first direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in space-time created just after the universe began.” “If the results are confirmed,” she writes, “they would provide smoking-gun evidence that space-time expanded at many times the speed of light, just after the Big-Bang 13.8M years ago.”This can't be good. Not only do we have to fret about space aliens, but now aliens from other universes.
And otherwise thoughtful people wonder why some like the idea of a universe only about six thousand years old. Heck, we may be in the wrong universe.
Regards — Cliff