The resulting distortion is so small that it barely changes the shape of an individual galaxy. But if you take an average of the shapes of tens of thousands of galaxies in a patch of sky, a signal of weak lensing pops out. Presuming that galaxies should be randomly oriented with respect to Earth, their average shape should be nearly circular—without weak lensing, that is. But thanks to the mild distortions from this effect, the average shape instead veers toward the elliptical. “If this really is a glimpse of the standard model breaking down, that would be potentially revolutionary,” says astronomerHendrik Hildebrandt of the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Astronomy leads the astronomy hobby as the most popular magazine of its kind in the world.

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And the second law of thermodynamics tells us that in this time frame, all energy will ultimately be evenly distributed. The cosmos will settle at its final resting temperature, just above absolute zero, the coldest temperature possible. In fact,black holeswill be the last surviving sentinels of the universe as we know it. In the Black Hole Era, they’ll be the only “normal” matter left. Could there be life on any of these new planets we are discovering? But unless the origin of life on Earth involved a rare fluke, I expect evidence of a biosphere on an exoplanet within 20 years.

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Science and philosophy are about finding out why things are the way they are; their causes and explanations. If we say that there is no reason, then we undermine the purpose of science and philosophy itself. Furthermore, we cannot even be empirically justified in holding the causal principle. All the evidence that we have for the causal principle comes from our observation of change within the universe itself.

The origin of the cosmos was understood as happening due to a process of separation and differentiation from the Boundless, a concept mentioned above. The cosmos materialized from a primordial mixture of hot and cold, from which the Earth formed on the bases of denser elements that sank to the center.

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This difference of ideas came to a climax with the organization of the Great Debate on 26 April 1920 at the meeting of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The debate was resolved when Edwin Hubble detected Cepheid Variables in the Andromeda Galaxy in 1923 and 1924. Their distance established spiral nebulae well beyond the edge of the Milky Way. The universe of the ancient Israelites was made up of a flat disc-shaped Earth floating on water, heaven above, underworld below. In this period too the older three-level cosmology was widely replaced by the Greek concept of a spherical Earth suspended in space at the centre of a number of concentric heavens.

The holographic principle states that all information in a volume can be encoded on its surface. This picture is supported by the only candidate theory for quantum gravity we have, need link url.