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Totally awesome galaxy, dude!

The New York Times has a story today about a new discovery concerning the age of the universe. What cracked me up is the phrasing here:

The galaxies then gathered in clusters, and the clusters gathered in long strings with humongous, almost empty, voids in between.

Heh. When did “humongous” become an official scientific term? Not that I’m complaining. I’ve long felt that “gazillion” ought to be given an official number — 10 to the 78th exponent, say? Or maybe 75th?

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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