> Recent observations of the cosmic backround radiation indicate that the universe is not going to have a "Big Crunch,"....<
Not really. According to Martin Bojowald, the previous universe whose collapse appears to have given birth to the one we live in today.http://www.science.psu.edu/news-and-eve ... 6-2007.htm
What happened before the Big Bang?
Nature Physics 3, 523 - 525 (2007)
Bojowald's research is echoed by Alejandro Corichi & Parampreet Singhhttp://www.physorg.com/news126955971.html
Quantum bounce and cosmic recall
Authors: Alejandro Corichi, Parampreet Singh