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SCIENCE!

Post by Wolter » 15 Dec 2009, 1:10pm

This could go into the Dictator Religion thread because it's refuting Deepak Chopra, but science shouldn't be political, it should be fun! And therefore, he's a thread for SCIENCE!

http://nirmukta.com/2009/12/14/biocentr ... -universe/

Note: this article is not really "fun," in any mainstream use of the word
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Post by Flex » 15 Dec 2009, 1:14pm

I've been paid cash-money to make science political, baby.
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Post by Wolter » 15 Dec 2009, 1:17pm

Flex wrote:I've been paid cash-money to make science political, baby.
Shhhh! I'm sneaking politics into the fun threads by pretending it's nerdy. :shifty:

Wait.


That doesn't make any fucking sense.


DAMN YOU, SUDAFED!
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Post by Flex » 16 Dec 2009, 3:13pm

Woooo Waterworld!
A newly discovered planet orbiting a small, nearby star appears to be a "water world," with a surface that might be covered with liquid water.

"This is certainly the first planet around another star which we think is mostly made of water," says David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who led the research team that found the new planet, named GJ 1214b.

If you could ride a spaceship to this planet — which you couldn't, because it is 40 light-years away — you would first approach the small, feeble red star that the planet orbits once every 38 hours, Charbonneau says. Then you'd see the planet, bigger and heavier than Earth, and probably enshrouded in an alien atmosphere.

Plunging down through that atmosphere, Charbonneau says, the light from the star would most likely dim and disappear until you were in darkness. Then, if you kept going down and your ship could survive the crushing pressure of the atmosphere, you might splash into a hot ocean.

At least, that's what Charbonneau and his colleagues think this planet is like. There's no way to know for sure, with current technology.

But the scientists have been able to determine that the planet is about 2.5 times the size of Earth, with a mass of about 6.5 times that of our home planet. And given that planets can be made of a limited number of common ingredients — like light gases, rock and water — the scientists figured out what possible combinations of ingredients were likely for a planet of this size and weight.

"We think this planet is mostly made of water, with a thin atmosphere surrounding it, perhaps of hydrogen and helium," Charbonneau says.

The planet is pretty hot compared with Earth — around 400 degrees Fahrenheit — but even so, pressure from the atmosphere could keep any water liquid.

A report on the new planet appears in the journal Nature. An accompanying commentary by planet-hunter Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California at Berkeley calls it "the most watertight evidence so far for a planet that is something like our own Earth, outside our solar system."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... c=fb&cc=fp
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Post by Still216 » 16 Dec 2009, 4:34pm

Wolter wrote: Wait.


That doesn't make any fucking sense.


DAMN YOU, SUDAFED!
So is this why they made me show a drivers license and sign into a book every time I bought a box of Sudafed last winter? To prevent lapses of sense like the one above?

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Post by JennyB » 16 Dec 2009, 6:41pm

Flex wrote:Woooo Waterworld!
A newly discovered planet orbiting a small, nearby star appears to be a "water world," with a surface that might be covered with liquid water.

"This is certainly the first planet around another star which we think is mostly made of water," says David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who led the research team that found the new planet, named GJ 1214b.

If you could ride a spaceship to this planet — which you couldn't, because it is 40 light-years away — you would first approach the small, feeble red star that the planet orbits once every 38 hours, Charbonneau says. Then you'd see the planet, bigger and heavier than Earth, and probably enshrouded in an alien atmosphere.

Plunging down through that atmosphere, Charbonneau says, the light from the star would most likely dim and disappear until you were in darkness. Then, if you kept going down and your ship could survive the crushing pressure of the atmosphere, you might splash into a hot ocean.

At least, that's what Charbonneau and his colleagues think this planet is like. There's no way to know for sure, with current technology.

But the scientists have been able to determine that the planet is about 2.5 times the size of Earth, with a mass of about 6.5 times that of our home planet. And given that planets can be made of a limited number of common ingredients — like light gases, rock and water — the scientists figured out what possible combinations of ingredients were likely for a planet of this size and weight.

"We think this planet is mostly made of water, with a thin atmosphere surrounding it, perhaps of hydrogen and helium," Charbonneau says.

The planet is pretty hot compared with Earth — around 400 degrees Fahrenheit — but even so, pressure from the atmosphere could keep any water liquid.

A report on the new planet appears in the journal Nature. An accompanying commentary by planet-hunter Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California at Berkeley calls it "the most watertight evidence so far for a planet that is something like our own Earth, outside our solar system."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... c=fb&cc=fp
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Post by Wolter » 16 Dec 2009, 6:47pm

They don't have to. :shifty:
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Re: SCIENCE!

Post by Marky Dread » 16 Dec 2009, 9:52pm

So I am the Cosmos afterall. :shifty:
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Post by CorwoodRep » 17 Dec 2009, 10:26pm

Dogeball: horrible movie redeemed every once in awhile by a cast that's too good to be in it. But it has one line that I just love. It's Rip Torn saying, apropos of nothing, "And I don't have to drink my own piss, but it's sterile and I like the taste!"
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Post by matedog » 17 Dec 2009, 10:27pm

Billy Joel wrote:Dogeball: horrible movie redeemed every once in awhile by a cast that's too good to be in it. But it has one line that I just love. It's Rip Torn saying, apropos of nothing, "And I don't have to drink my own piss, but it's sterile and I like the taste!"
Shouldn't you be drunk yet?
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by CorwoodRep » 17 Dec 2009, 10:30pm

Six hours, baby.
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Post by Silent Majority » 18 Dec 2009, 4:34am

Billy Joel wrote:Dogeball: horrible movie redeemed every once in awhile by a cast that's too good to be in it. But it has one line that I just love. It's Rip Torn saying, apropos of nothing, "And I don't have to drink my own piss, but it's sterile and I like the taste!"
I like that film. Every picture should have somebody getting hit in the groin or the head on a regular seven minute cycle. I actually can't think of a single movie that wouldn't be improved by that. Schindler's List? No, hit 'em in the balls.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 18 Dec 2009, 11:12pm

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Re: SCIENCE!

Post by cretin » 18 Dec 2009, 11:14pm

Flex wrote:Woooo Waterworld!
A newly discovered planet orbiting a small, nearby star appears to be a "water world," with a surface that might be covered with liquid water.

"This is certainly the first planet around another star which we think is mostly made of water," says David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who led the research team that found the new planet, named GJ 1214b.

If you could ride a spaceship to this planet — which you couldn't, because it is 40 light-years away — you would first approach the small, feeble red star that the planet orbits once every 38 hours, Charbonneau says. Then you'd see the planet, bigger and heavier than Earth, and probably enshrouded in an alien atmosphere.

Plunging down through that atmosphere, Charbonneau says, the light from the star would most likely dim and disappear until you were in darkness. Then, if you kept going down and your ship could survive the crushing pressure of the atmosphere, you might splash into a hot ocean.

At least, that's what Charbonneau and his colleagues think this planet is like. There's no way to know for sure, with current technology.

But the scientists have been able to determine that the planet is about 2.5 times the size of Earth, with a mass of about 6.5 times that of our home planet. And given that planets can be made of a limited number of common ingredients — like light gases, rock and water — the scientists figured out what possible combinations of ingredients were likely for a planet of this size and weight.

"We think this planet is mostly made of water, with a thin atmosphere surrounding it, perhaps of hydrogen and helium," Charbonneau says.

The planet is pretty hot compared with Earth — around 400 degrees Fahrenheit — but even so, pressure from the atmosphere could keep any water liquid.

A report on the new planet appears in the journal Nature. An accompanying commentary by planet-hunter Geoffrey Marcy of the University of California at Berkeley calls it "the most watertight evidence so far for a planet that is something like our own Earth, outside our solar system."
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... c=fb&cc=fp

omg i didn't read all that. but i want to live ;there and you cann all come with and drink my pee.
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Re: SCIENCE!

Post by Wolter » 22 Dec 2009, 4:18pm

"There's something more honest, he believed, about traditional methods of mass starvation, labour camps, and machine gunning millions to death. Stalin was a vinyl guy who sneered at Truman converting everything to compact disc." - Thomas Jefferson

"But the gorilla thinks otherwise!"

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