Science Tidbits #5

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:57 pm

And they have successfully imaged the shadow of the event horizon of the gravity of the Black Hole. Our universe at work. :cooldude:
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There appears to be a new species of human. Since it seems to share some characteristics with Homo floriensis I imagine that they're both descended off the same ancestors.
It's kind of amazing to think of human-like hominids populating the Philippines more than 700,000 years ago. Three quarters of a million. I wonder what the islands were like then. I kind of didn't even realize they were that old.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:51 pm

^With sea levels lower due to the Ice Age they would actually have been larger.
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And they have successfully imaged the shadow of the event horizon of the gravity of the Black Hole. Our universe at work. :cooldude:
We can image a black hole here even. :hole:

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

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^With sea levels lower due to the Ice Age they would actually have been larger.
Good point. And it's very likely that most of the settlements would have been along the shorelines, which means that all evidence is lost forever now. :(
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:11 pm

Another possible planet orbiting Proxima Centauri- with emphasis on the word "possible". However judging by the descriptions it sound like it will be a small gas giant or maybe an ice giant.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:44 pm

And in other news (well, not news per se but just really cool) here's a family tree for the Dromaeosauridae!
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

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Another possible planet orbiting Proxima Centauri- with emphasis on the word "possible". However judging by the descriptions it sound like it will be a small gas giant or maybe an ice giant.
I would be shocked if there are any stars that have only one planet-- or no planets. Except maybe very near the galactic core. Planets are basically dust and debris around the star, and I can't imagine any star being so clean that it has no planets.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:58 pm

^True, but just the act of finding them is the amazing part. I have an old book about life on other planets from the 40s where the author is insisting that we'd never be able to detect planets around other stars. Look where we are now.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:32 pm

Yeah, it wasn't that long enough that we were barely detecting hints after years of research. Now they're imaging storm systems on alien gas giants.

Here's kind of an interesting and grisly discovery. Human sacrifice in the Iron Age. Definitely some story material there. :book:
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:56 pm

^Yeah, a lot of the Bog People appeared to be the victims of human sacrifice. It probably wasn't fun period to be alive. :no:

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:32 pm

Talk about great free advertising. Too bad there's not a Star Trek show on to take advantage of it. :lol:
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:59 pm

^I saw that! :lol: It would make a great plot device for a time travel ep.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:27 pm

There's still time to work it into the Picard series....
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