One implication of the Higgs boson, which was finally found last year in Geneva (the Higgs being the particle that makes mass possible), is the realization, by mathematical calculation, that a tiny disturbance in the vacuum (nothingness turns out not to be nothing but a kind of ether) could expand into whole and new universe that replaces ours. The BBC:
"It turns out there's a calculation you can do in our Standard Model of particle physics, once you know the mass of the Higgs boson," explained Dr Joseph Lykken. "This bubble will then expand, basically at the speed of light, and sweep everything before it.... If you use all the physics we know now, and you do this straightforward calculation - it's bad news. What happens is you get just a quantum fluctuation that makes a tiny bubble of the vacuum the Universe really wants to be in. And because it's a lower-energy state, this bubble will then expand, basically at the speed of light, and sweep everything before it," the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory theoretician told BBC News.
And do not think that this universe will resemble the one we are in. A slight change in the constants could result in a starless universe.
Credit: NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A. Mellinger)