Like Schroedinger's cat, looking from inside the box, two American physicists have postulated that our study of the universe may have shortened the lifetime of the cosmos. Quantum theory says that when we measure something, we select a specific quantum state from a multitude of states, each with varying probabilities. The result in observing dark energy, is that we may have confirmed a state where the probability of its survival falls exponentially. Dr. Lawrence Krauss - of Case Western Reserve University - says "If so, as incredible as it may seem, our detection of dark energy may imply both an unstable universe and a short life expectancy." The research is available online, as are a number of criticisms.