New research by scientists in Spain suggests that rather than the universe expanding, as is generally believed, time is gradually slowing down and will eventually stop altogether.
Professor Jose Senovilla, Marc Mars and Raul Vera from the University of the Basque Country and the University of Salamanca have said that the theory known as "dark energy," an opposite force to gravity, is wrong and that the universe is slowing down rather than growing, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The proposal, published in Physical Review D, says:
"dark energy does not exist and that time was winding down to the point when it would finally grind to a halt long after the planet ceased to exist. Professor Senovilla told the New Scientist: "Then everything will be frozen, like a snapshot of one instant, for ever."
The Daily Mail reports that scientists have used measurements of light from exploding stars millions of miles from Earth to show the universe is expanding. However, this latest research says its all being looked at backwards.
"Senovilla proposes that the current assumption has got it all wrong - with the appearance of acceleration instead caused by time gradually slowing."
While Professor Senovilla and his colleagues have been working on the theory for some time, it is the publication of the theory in the June edition of the New Scientist magazine that has brought the idea out into the world of the general public.
So, for those of you who feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day, a time will come, it seems, when there really won't be.