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    Did Kepler find his wallet?
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    This is pretty cool. Some of Saturn's moons may be younger than the dinosaurs.
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    Boaty McBoatface wins overwhelmingly, but the NERC will probably pick a different name.

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    I'm typing this sentence in El Segundo....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynahFan View Post
    I'm typing this sentence in El Segundo....
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    This fits with my hunch that time is not a "real" thing anywhere near a constant, under any conditions.
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    The total exoplanet tally now stands at about 3,200, and Kepler has found 2,235 of them.
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    No applause, just throw money.

    Nasa's Kepler telescope has discovered more than 100 Earth-sized planets orbiting alien stars.

    It has also detected nine small planets within so-called habitable zones, where conditions are favourable for liquid water - and potentially life.
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    Dr Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California, said calculations suggested there could be more than 10 billion potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way.
    We are so not alone.

    The nearest potentially habitable earth-sized planet in a Goldilocks zone is 11 light years. Give us 15 years to get good enough at engineering micro-probes we can accelerate to near the speed of light. Typical estimates for flight with acceleration and deceleration run about 2*the number of ly. So the first round trips may be completed in some of your lifetimes (not mine, dangit), about 2070. And if they're small enough we can send a few hundred thousand of them at a pop.

    Code them to be self-assembling / self-reproducing and we can probably collect data from a few thousand planetary system within a hundred years.

    Or we could just hang out here murdering one another over iron age garbage and ape territoriality.

    Kids: the choice is yours.
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    Closer and closer to understanding the moment(s) of transit from "non-life" to "life."

    Chemists in Germany today report a plausible way in which basic chemicals available on early Earth may have given rise to compounds called purines—chemicals that are a key ingredient of DNA, RNA, and energy metabolism in all cells.

    The new work is “very pretty chemistry,” says Gerald Joyce, a chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, who specializes in the chemistry that may have given rise to life.

    Joyce and others have long suggested that one of the key early events in this process was the formation of RNA—a long chainlike molecule that conveys genetic information and speeds up other chemical reactions. Both of those functions were necessary for life to evolve. But sorting out how RNA itself may have arisen—and led to an “RNA world”—has been a struggle.
    I remember being 10 and watching Jacob Bronowski in the episode of The Ascent of Man where he discusses synthesizing amino acids, and barely understanding just enough to have the top of my little skull blown off. 43 years later we're about 99% closer to understanding the actual process. When complete, it will clearly rank among the greatest scientific discoveries in human history.
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    Climate denying dope leading climate denying dope party names climate denying dope as energy advisor.

    He’s part of the tiny, tiny head-in-the-sand deniers who won’t even acknowledge the planet’s heating up. That line in the video where he says, “We know the globe is cooling; number one we know that” is from 2012, just a few years ago. We’ve known since long before then the planet is heating up, and the past few years the warming has gone into overdrive; each of the past seven months have been the hottest of those months globally. To actually say out loud that the Earth is cooling would make Orwell blush.

    But he wasn’t done; he also added, “… the idea that CO2 is somehow causing global warming is on its face fraudulent.”

    Holy. Baloney. He’s not just denying global warming, he’s denying a link between carbon dioxide and the planet’s increasing temperature. For the record, carbon dioxide being a greenhouse gas has been a matter of scientific fact since 1896.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    We are so not alone.
    Yeah, all the rest like carbon-based life forms ... with a nice shallot and red wine sauce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Yeah, all the rest like carbon-based life forms ... with a nice shallot and red wine sauce.
    I'm less worried about the other intelligence species out there eating us than of them observing us and then fumigating this hornets nest, just to be sure.
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    This may be the 21st Century Black Death

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ached-the-u-s/

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    This may be the 21st Century Black Death

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ached-the-u-s/
    Doctors: does resistant to antibiotics of last resort mean forever or is it possible to discover / synthesize new ones? And if you feel like going on at greater length, why does the analysis of a bug not mean also knowing how to stop it? Are they too complicated, or is it like a code where just because you see the coded message doesn't mean you can decode it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Doctors: does resistant to antibiotics of last resort mean forever or is it possible to discover / synthesize new ones? And if you feel like going on at greater length, why does the analysis of a bug not mean also knowing how to stop it? Are they too complicated, or is it like a code where just because you see the coded message doesn't mean you can decode it?
    Personally, I'd play with the bacteria's genome to see if I could render it inert. Drugs always lead to another resistant strain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Doctors: does resistant to antibiotics of last resort mean forever or is it possible to discover / synthesize new ones? And if you feel like going on at greater length, why does the analysis of a bug not mean also knowing how to stop it? Are they too complicated, or is it like a code where just because you see the coded message doesn't mean you can decode it?
    I'm not a doctor, but I read this story a while back that's relevant to your first question.

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    There was an entirely new potential class of antibiotics discovered within the last year or so. I have absolutely no idea where it is within the drug process. But they discovered this one in dirt. Hundreds (thousands?) of samples of dirt inoculated with bacteria.

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