In case anyone is interested, here is a new paper just out. Any comment? http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0603637 The Mass of the Cosmos Charles Hellaby 6 pages, 9 graphs in 3 figures "We point out that the mass of the cosmos on gigaparsec scales can be measured, owing to the unique geometric role of the maximum in the areal radius. Unlike all other points on the past null cone, this maximum has an associated mass, which can be calculated with very few assumptions about the cosmological model, providing a measurable characteristic of our cosmos. In combination with luminosities and source counts, it gives the bulk mass to light ratio. The maximum is particularly sensitive to the values of the bulk cosmological parameters. In addition, it provides a key reference point in attempts to connect cosmic geometry with observations. We recommend the determination of the distance and redshift of this maximum be explicitly included in the scientific goals of the next generation of reshift surveys. The maximum in the redshift space density provides a secondary large scale characteristic of the cosmos." It would appear that the author has thought of another way to gauge the universe's mass----or the mass of a large chunk. We already have estimates, as he points out. But apparently here is a method that has not been tried.