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They found life in space

#1 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 30 Nov 2010 16:39

Or something like that. Could be nice.

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/no ... ology.html
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#2 Post by ThePKH » 30 Nov 2010 16:53

Could be nice, until they come here and eat us.
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#3 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 30 Nov 2010 19:18

Or take our tjobs.
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#4 Post by Sleeping Dragon » 30 Nov 2010 21:09

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#5 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 01 Dec 2010 01:09

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#6 Post by Joost » 01 Dec 2010 16:27

No extraterrestial life found yet, just some microbes in a lake filled with arsenic.
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#7 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 01 Dec 2010 23:37

Well, if they found microbes then technically that would constitute as extraterrestrial life. I haven't seen a confirmation of what you wrote, but if it's true, it would be a breakthrough. So far we've only seen assumptions and hints, but if they actually found something it would be a big deal. Not in a way that it would change our lives, but in a way it would confirm what a lot of people were thinking.
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#8 Post by Palantyre » 01 Dec 2010 23:48

Wake me up once they find some Asari strippers instead of just microbes.
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#9 Post by Joost » 02 Dec 2010 09:24

The Rider Of Rohan wrote:Well, if they found microbes then technically that would constitute as extraterrestrial life.
Hardly anything extraterrestial about a lake in the US. ;)
I haven't seen a confirmation of what you wrote, but if it's true, it would be a breakthrough.
It's a breakthrough, yes, but not extraterrestial life, just a confirmation that life can occur in circumstances (on earth, but theoretically also outside earth) that were previously unimagined.

link in Dutch: http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2672/Wet ... erie.dhtml
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#10 Post by Sleeping Dragon » 02 Dec 2010 16:35

ahh... science... not as exciting in reality.
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#11 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 02 Dec 2010 19:16

Joost wrote:
The Rider Of Rohan wrote:Well, if they found microbes then technically that would constitute as extraterrestrial life.
Hardly anything extraterrestial about a lake in the US. ;)
True, but you didn't mention that.
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#12 Post by Belgarion » 02 Dec 2010 22:05

Evil germs living in arsenic will be the end of the earth! Penicillin won't work!

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#13 Post by Andreas » 03 Dec 2010 01:53

I never really understood the drive to search for extraterrestial life. If you find it, fine with me. But is it really woth all these billions of dollars that were put in research instead of helping poor people, just to call something really basic?

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#14 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 03 Dec 2010 02:00

I do think so.. the search is not just for an ET, it includes a lot more, there are tons of knowledge gained from deep space research. knowledge that hopefully will help us take better care for our own planet, and hell maybe even find a viable way of colonising other planets so we can do something about the overpopulation.
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#15 Post by Valkyrja » 03 Dec 2010 03:05

Here's the article for anyone who missed it: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/de ... _Life.html

I actually think this is really cool, it really does widen the possibilities of life outside our world. :D I've always wondered about the possibilities different biochemistries and it's really cool to think that something on our own planet could be using entirely different elements to create life. NASA's probably going to make adjustments to their technique for scoping out life on other planets now... Years ago, it could be said that water was necessary for life, that oxygen had to be present in the atmosphere, and all sorts of other assumptions. What about now? There could be some random planet teeming with microbes that NASA completely overlooked because the atmosphere was entirely Methane or something, but who's to say that life can't survive off of arsenic and methane? :P

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#16 Post by Led Guardian » 03 Dec 2010 05:10

Gandalf de Grijze wrote:I do think so.. the search is not just for an ET, it includes a lot more, there are tons of knowledge gained from deep space research. knowledge that hopefully will help us take better care for our own planet, and hell maybe even find a viable way of colonising other planets so we can do something about the overpopulation.
Random sterilization at birth might be easier. :P

Given the human race's colonizing history, I'm kind of against colonizing other planets. I'd like to at least limit our damage to one planet.
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#17 Post by Sleeping Dragon » 03 Dec 2010 08:24

yeah, the solution to overpopulation isn't in finding more places to fuck our way into.
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#18 Post by Andreas » 03 Dec 2010 12:27

Gandalf de Grijze wrote:I do think so.. the search is not just for an ET, it includes a lot more, there are tons of knowledge gained from deep space research. knowledge that hopefully will help us take better care for our own planet, and hell maybe even find a viable way of colonising other planets so we can do something about the overpopulation.
You could also say that launching space shuttles and such isn't doing the planet much good. But I'll face it, it's not only Cape Canaveral that pollutes the earth.

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#19 Post by Sleeping Dragon » 03 Dec 2010 13:29

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#20 Post by Donovan » 07 Dec 2010 04:19

Damn, that's pretty awesome.

On the side note about poor and starving people-- most poor and starving people live in an environment that they are living beyond the means of. We keep chucking money at them just to string them along in their suffering. Instead of trying to do what we think is morally right, I think we need to let the environment level itself out, much like that example of rabbits and wolves and population growth.
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#21 Post by t.a.j. » 07 Dec 2010 14:41

Donovan wrote:Damn, that's pretty awesome.

On the side note about poor and starving people-- most poor and starving people live in an environment that they are living beyond the means of. We keep chucking money at them just to string them along in their suffering. Instead of trying to do what we think is morally right, I think we need to let the environment level itself out, much like that example of rabbits and wolves and population growth.
Malthus much?

Actually, we, as in the "western", consumerist, corporate-capitalist world cause the poverty of much of the world.
One of the ways capitalism grows is by some entrepreneur creating a so called "new combination". Examples are new inventions, making something that used to not be a commodity into one, producing a new market or making some existing commodity cheaper than so far possible. The latter is a main culprit here: Producing in environment where people get all those nice things like health care, tech gadgets and cars is rather expensive because those things need to be paid for, either by social services (that is through tax) or by the people themselves (that is through wages). The solution: environment with less or no taxes and wages at the minimum required for the reproduction of the work force.
So, yeah, let us let selection do its job, but first we go without cheap imports and international trade. Then we'll see.
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#22 Post by Frozen within » 15 Jan 2011 13:39

Isaac Clarke will be encountering more life in space soon, can´t wait !
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