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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:14 am

Well, that's fascinating. Apparently most planets are average size. :lol: It's kind of surprising, though, that a higher percentage of verified planets aren't gas giants-- there was a time when that's all we could see. Still, that's a good number of Earth-sized to double-Earth-sized worlds.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Orpheus » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:49 pm

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:01 am

The Real House-Spouses of SHIELD.

This is interesting: Ancient Frogs of Antarctica.. More evidence that Antarctica was a balmy paradise.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:46 pm

Antarctica was further north back then, so it shouldn't be surprising. But the article does raise an interesting thought: what were things like as the climate started to cool? When did the last tree die? :unsure:

And in other news: we might have photographed an exo-planet..
No word whether there are frogs there or not. :frog:

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:38 pm

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Antarctica was further north back then, so it shouldn't be surprising. But the article does raise an interesting thought: what were things like as the climate started to cool? When did the last tree die? :unsure:
That's a sad image. Dead frogs and dead trees. I wonder how they adapted to the six-month nights, or if everyone was dead by the time it got that far South.
And in other news: we might have photographed an exo-planet..
No word whether there are frogs there or not. :frog:
Where there's life, there's frogs. :frog1: I'm pretty sure. That's some really cool research and deduction. It seems like they could apply that to other stars as well. The inference about the massive ring system on a relatively small world is exciting. I really wish we could see this stuff.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:00 pm

^Eventually.
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Antarctica was further north back then, so it shouldn't be surprising. But the article does raise an interesting thought: what were things like as the climate started to cool? When did the last tree die? :unsure:
That's a sad image. Dead frogs and dead trees. I wonder how they adapted to the six-month nights, or if everyone was dead by the time it got that far South.
There are Wood Frogs in Alaska, so I imagine that they Antarctica frogs hibernated.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

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That makes sense. My theory about hulking, hairy saber-toothed frogs was preliminary anyway. :mellow:
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:01 pm

^Though that would be far more entertaining.

Not to mention great B-movie potential. :Ahhh: :frog:

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I put it in my idea file. :D :frog2:
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:59 pm

Think the Antarctic frogs croaked? You are only half right..." .

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu May 07, 2020 11:27 pm

Now this looks pretty interesting. I haven't read them yet, but I'm going to bet that nobody anticipates a full-scale invasion. :D
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by huggle » Mon May 11, 2020 2:49 pm

I like that they ask about extraterrestrial life and not intelligent life.
For with the latter it'd be pretty difficult to find any on our own panet...
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Mon May 11, 2020 3:13 pm

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Now this looks pretty interesting.
At the moment (sorry that I didn't notice this post before now) I'd guess that we'll either detect microbes in the geyser plumes on Europa or Enceladus or we'll telescopically detect chlorophyll on some exo-planet.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Mon May 11, 2020 10:48 pm

huggle wrote:
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I like that they ask about extraterrestrial life and not intelligent life.
For with the latter it'd be pretty difficult to find any on our own panet...
I wonder if there are any planets where intelligence and stupidity are mutually exclusive. :lol:
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At the moment (sorry that I didn't notice this post before now) I'd guess that we'll either detect microbes in the geyser plumes on Europa or Enceladus or we'll telescopically detect chlorophyll on some exo-planet.
Those are the most likely. I think the chances of detecting a high-end civilization are practically nil. Although the possibility of seeing artifacts of some kind is probably marginally more likely.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Wed May 27, 2020 9:52 pm

The first manned SpaceX mission to the ISS was to be today, but it's been delayed due to bad weather, as launches almost inevitably are. The next window is Saturday afternoon.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Fri May 29, 2020 3:33 pm

Hope they can get it launched. :rocket:

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Fingers crossed. This could be a critical juncture for space travel.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat May 30, 2020 6:26 pm

Less than an hour to go and the weather looks mighty iffy.
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Now it's a go, and in less than a half hour! :eek:
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About seven minutes to go. I wonder if I can embed a livestream.

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Whoo! They've switched to the second stage. About four more minutes to orbit.
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They're safely in space! Whew!
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