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Well this isn’t good news:

For all its tumult — erupting stars, colliding galaxies, collapsing black holes — the cosmos is a surprisingly orderly place. Theoretical calculations have long shown that the entropy of the universe — a measure of its disorder — is but a tiny fraction of the maximum allowable amount.

Conception of a black hole pulling gas off of a nearby star. Credit: ESA/NASA

Conception of a black hole pulling gas off of a nearby star. Credit: ESA/NASA

A new calculation of entropy upholds that general result but suggests that the universe is messier than scientists had thought — and slightly further along on its gradual journey to death, two Australian cosmologists conclude.

Of course, this will not affect anyone reading this post, but the entire idea is fascinating to me–that every second we move closer and closer to what seems the inevitable end of the Universe.

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