The geeky webcomic UserFriendly has a panel today using the idea that observing the Universe hastens its death, as I briefly discussed last week (actually I pointed to a blog post by Pamela Gay which debunks it). It'll be fun to see where the artist takes this idea.
And yes, I just made up a word, cosmortology. It means causing the death of the Universe. Or studying such a death. I think it's a perfectly cromulent word. I just wish I had thought of it before turning in my manuscript for my book; it would have fit perfectly with Chapter 9. :-)