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If only I had a flight coming up this week

...I might have time to read all of these:

And now, back to work.

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  • David Harper

    8/15/2019 1:28:09 PM +00:00 |

    Apropos the article about the "anthropocene", to an astronomer like myself, even 100-million-year geological ages are little more than a brief moment on the timescales on which the universe operates.  The Sun, after all, has a 10 billion year lifespan, and 100 million years is just 1 per cent of that.  And if you want to consider truly mind-boggling spans of time, read the 1997 paper "A Dying Universe" by Fred Adams and Gregory Laughlin.  Among the events they consider in the distant future, based on current physics and astronomy, are the end of new star formation and the dying of the longest-lived stars, around 100 trillion (10 to the power 14) years from now; the end of normal matter as protons decay at around 10 to the power 38 years; and the evaporation, via Hawking radiation, of the super-massive black holes at the centres of galaxies at around 10 to the power 83 years.

  • The Daily Parker

    8/15/2019 1:32:29 PM +00:00 |

    Well, then. Let's party like it's 199999999999999!

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