Wrapping my brain around branes

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New to the forum. What a great resource. I just started learning a bit about string theory and naturally I've developed a few questions. The first thing I'm trying understand involves the idea that a string with enough energy could grow to a membrane of immense size up to the size of a universe. It follows that our entire universe may be a membrane. So far so good.

Here is the problem. If our universe is a membrane (stretched string) and a string is the smallest "element/particle/whatever you call it" then how can anything exist within that membrane?
 

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