By Thane Carios
(Barnard, Hypsos) Nearly a year after the three-day symposium held to discuss the event that has come to be known as The Catastrophe, there is still no consensus about its cause. But several Hyperial physicists lead by Dr. Veron Ni’bur, the Astrophysics Chair at Barnard University, have drafted a report speculating that dark matter may have played a role. Dr. Ni’bur agreed to release some of the report findings to UUNN because so little progress has been made, and no consensus has been reached, by the research community at-large
“We know that The Great Collapse, 2100-plus years ago, was like a huge galactic earthquake with tremendous amounts of gravitic, electromagnetic and kinetic energy,” said Ni’bur. “It resulted in widespread and catastrophic death and destruction, and as we know, a thousand-year dark age for our peoples. We still don’t know its cause, but we are pretty certain of its nature.”
“But The Catastrophe on 114.4.30 was very different,” continued Ni’bur. “It was more like a huge lightning bolt – an electromagnetic event with as much as 10e26 GJ (gigajoules) of energy! This resulted in huge disruptions, by effectively frying all varieties of electronics – which, of course, permeate everything.”
The Ni’bur report hypothesizes that the huge energy release was caused by dark-matter lensing of energy released by an undetermined quantum event. The focused energy somehow propagated through the TRI Corporation jumpgate network – eventually burning it out, but taking approximately forty-two hours to do so.
With all instruments disrupted and recorded data destroyed or badly corrupted, all of the scientists and engineers working on this mystery have struggled to explain the event or its effects. It does appear that the energy fluctuated significantly throughout the event and then cut off abruptly. The initial waves were not the strongest, allowing the lifepod systems to continue to operate, and return many pilots to safety before the collapse of the jumpgate network.
“The biggest question we have right now,” said Dr. Ni’bur, “is why all of the jumpgates seemed to instantaneously propagate the event, rather than occurring as a chain-reaction event — which might have helped us identify the source. There was some tiny variation in gate damage, and a very small number of gates in fringe sectors actually remained functioning – though with TRI systems completely destroyed that did little good.”
None of the factional governments, including Hyperial, have yet endorsed the work of Ni’bur and his team. “Ni’bur uses too much voodoo-physics and allows for a gazillion amazing coincidences in his equations,” said one un-named Hyperial official, who added: “He seems to want to avoid the real possibility that this was an intentional attack.”
The Ni’bur report remains a draft and will not be released. No timetable has been set for a final report.