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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:02 pm
by RJDiogenes
Yeah, I can't wait to find out what's going on-- and why they've never been noticed till now.

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:05 pm
by Lupine
There's cotton growing on the Moon!

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:58 pm
by RJDiogenes
I wonder how much the tee shirt they make from it will cost. :D

Actually, it sounds like the plant experiments are not doing too well so far. I wonder which of the culprits listed in the article are responsible. I think we can discount the launch and the low gravity. I'm a bit dubious about the radiation, too, although I wouldn't be surprised to see mutations if the cotton continues to grow and the other plants sprout. I think the temperature swings are probably the most likely reason, although the article doesn't specify how extreme those swings are-- and you'd think they would have done as much as possible to protect the plants from all these hazards.

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:57 pm
by Lupine
Yeah, they didn't make it. :no:
Though reading the article the experiment did seem a little half-hearted as no heater was included. Plant seeds sent to Lunar orbit have done well before as many of the Moon Trees are still alive.

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:05 pm
by RJDiogenes
Aww, the poor plants. :( What did they expect to happen with no heater? They essentially sent them to their doom.

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:59 pm
by Orpheus
An interesting follow-up on the oddities of Oumuamua:

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:38 pm
by RJDiogenes
This looks quite interesting. I'll see if I can watch it over a jug of tea in the morning.

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:50 am
by Orpheus
Not a JUG of Twisted Tea, I hope.

Oh well, allowing for seasonal adaptation (definitely missing this year), this may be the first good snowstorm we've had since 2017. Go for it.

(However, looking at the snapshot that YouTube chose, I can't help but recall that "Thought" was my nickname from '83-'86.)

Re: Science Tidbits #5

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:06 pm
by RJDiogenes
That certainly contained a lot of food for thought as to how the data can be interpreted in multiple ways, which alter the size and shape of Yomama-- even turning it into a light sail. And it's kind of weird that it can be at rest relative to the local group, but still manage escape velocity from the Solar System. I'm not sure if I quite understand that part. Unfortunately the scientist spent a lot of time making irrelevant arguments, like Einstein's reluctance to accept quantum theory, which gave him kind of a von Daniken vibe.
Orpheus wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:50 am
Not a JUG of Twisted Tea, I hope.

Oh well, allowing for seasonal adaptation (definitely missing this year), this may be the first good snowstorm we've had since 2017. Go for it.
Yeah, and I have tomorrow off. Why not? :lol: