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Scientists Take Most Accurate Reading Yet of Universe's Cooling

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  • That the universe will not end in a fire ball, but a deep freeze.
  • by InPursuitOfTruth (2676955) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @07:26PM (#42675775)
    We need to start pumping more carbon dioxide into the universe!
    • Don't worry this universal cooling thing is just a great big hoax designed to spur the passage of anti-freedom pollution regulations before the supposed "heat death of the universe." Just ignore the alarmists, the universe has been cooling for a long time and I'm sure it can adapt.

  • Fail, fail, fail. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @07:26PM (#42675777)

    267.92C is 5.23 K, not 5.08 K, and 270.27C is freaking hot.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      ... and also, Slashdot ate my unicode characters. Come on, Slashdot, join us in the 21st century! You'll be fine, I promise!

      • I hate to break it on you, but the minus sign is ASCII, and last time I checked, Slashdot leaves ASCII characters alone... But maybe you browser (or OS?) doesn't?
        • He was presumably talking about the degrees symbol (U+00B0).

          • No, he was talking about both the minus and the degree sign. But you are right the degree symbol is indeed not ASCII, but ISO-Latin-1 (a very common 8 bit charset which is a subset of ASCII). Oddly enough, Slashdot still removes it, even though it predates Unicode.
    • no,
      it's 541.07K
      • by TapeCutter (624760) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @10:28PM (#42677137) Journal
        Just make it 640K, that should be enough for any universe.
    • by Georules (655379)
      Yeah, a lot of fail there. I have no idea what temperatures the summary is trying to express.
    • I fucked up and dropped a "-" :(
  • by ganjadude (952775) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @07:29PM (#42675799) Homepage
    wait wait wait a minute, you first its global cooling, than warming, now universal cooling? WHAT IS IT!!!?!?!?!!

    /joke
  • by BenSchuarmer (922752) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @07:37PM (#42675865)
    Quit complaining and put on a sweater!
  • by reverseengineer (580922) on Wednesday January 23, 2013 @07:43PM (#42675909)

    Yeah, they knew about the universe before it was cool.

    • by pongo000 (97357)

      Bruce Schneier knew about the universe before it was cool.

      FTFY.

    • Yeah, they knew about the universe before it was cool.

      Actually, according to the poster, it's heated up by a considerable margin. "Which is warmer than today's universe (270.27 degrees Celsius)." I'd like to buy a math transform, an inverse abs() function please?

  • should be: The team measured the temperature at -267.92 degrees Celsius (5.08 Kelvin), which is warmer than today's universe (-270.27 degrees Celsius). I suck.
  • Has anyone got a number for the amount of heat locked up in black holes?

    And when a black hole forms does the temperature of the universe experience a quantum drop?

    • by rpresser (610529)

      Since the heat "locked up" in black holes hasn't disappeared from the universe, just become locked in a black hole, no, the average universe temperature doesn't drop.

      • by Genda (560240)

        In fact since due to time dilation, everything that drops into a blackhole seems to freeze at the event horizon, the energy radiating from the black hole must equal the energy that will be lost as a function of the matter that falls in.

        • If an observer dropped into a black hole their time would slow.

          To an outside observer the stuff just falls in.

  • by Tablizer (95088)

    That's really cool

  • Damn, this climate change is really getting out of control. It's bad enough that the planet's changing, but the universe?
  • With a rectal thermometer the size of Uranus, of course...
  • So I guess the real way to solve global warming is universal cooling. Hmmm.

  • The early universe was warm, almost balmy... a popular place for ancient New Yorkers to go in the winter.

  • Oh, come on, somebody had to say it.

  • Two degrees colder? Me, without my muff.

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