In the children's classic, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the titular character finds herself going through the looking-glass and into a world that's not unlike our own and not much like it, either. With this inspiration in mind, researchers have discovered monopole-based, ring-like vortexes and dubbed them "Alice rings." These phenomena could offer a tantalizing glimpse of a world that may be the topsy-turvy equivalent of ours.

If this sounds complicated, that's because it is — quantum physics has a knack for being a bit more confusing than its nuclear, electric and thermodynamic counterparts. But we're not throwing in the towel just because the concept isn't crystal clear. Here's a rundown on monopole mechanics, Alice rings and the chances of opening a gateway to another dimension.

Ready? Through the looking-glass we go!

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