Monday, November 19th, 2012

They Stopped Making Stars

"First, 95% of all the stars we see around us today were formed during the past 11 billion years, and about half of these were formed between roughly 11 and 8 billion years ago in a flurry of activity. But the real shocker is that the rate at which new stars are being produced in galaxies today is barely 3% of the rate back 11 billion years ago, and declining. This indicates that unless our universe finds a second wind (which is unlikely) it will only ever manage to produce about 5% more stars than exist at this very moment. This is, quite literally, the beginning of the end."

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jfruh (#713)

Oh my God, Scientific American is now trolling Balk specifically for pageviews

deepomega (#1,720)

The moon, however, is an infinitely renewable resource.

BadUncle (#153)

How long is that in Actual Eras?

I read the same thing about Philip Roth.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

I think Stephen Hawking said something to that effect on Japanese TV and Nikkei promptly dropped significantly. No joke. So, we can talk about this privately, but nobody tell the "talent" managing our money.

melis (#1,854)

The stellar nursery orderly – by the look of things, the only one on duty that night – shook his head and gestured tiredly behind him. "They've stopped coming. I don't know what to tell you. They just stopped coming like they used to. So we cut hours – cut budgets – fired a few people – now it's just me. It's just me here, and the few of them that's left. I don't know where they went. I don't know what they'll do once I'm gone. If you see -" His voice caught. He smoothed out the bedding in front of him. "If you see any of the others, come back and tell me."

skahammer (#587)

Finally, scientific evidence that it wasn't the movies that got small after all.

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