Curiosity could end up killing far more than the proverbial cat, if a new theory is to be believed.
It might wipe out the entire universe.
Two scientists have come to the startling conclusion that the mere act of observing the cosmos too closely might bring it to an end.
By daring to measure dark energy, the mysterious force that is driving galaxies apart, astronomers may have begun the countdown to Armageddon.
The idea relates to a strange property of quantum systems which govern the fate of subatomic particles and possibly the whole universe.
Quantum systems can shift their energy state at random, as occurs when a radioactive atom decays.