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26th Apr '16 4:36:12 PM Naram-Sin
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* The first ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' movie kept the "chimps are intelligent and kind-hearted, gorillas are aggressive brutes" idea from the novel and portrayed the former as heroic scientists and civilians and the latter as more or less villainous soldiers and hunters. By the time the [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 "reimagining"]] was produced, the idea had been so thoroughly debunked that make-up artist Rick Baker pressed Creator/TimBurton to change the villainous General Thade from the script's KillerGorilla to a [[ManiacMonkeys chimpanzee]]. The second reboot ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' still uses gorillas as shock troops, but Buck is portrayed as a misunderstood creature with UndyingLoyalty to Caesar [[spoiler: and is given a HeroicSacrifice.]]



* The horrors of WorldWarTwo made many anthropologists of the 50s drop the idea that HumansAreSpecial, intelligent, tool-maker conquerors of Nature (see Literature section) and switch to HumansAreBastards instead, the only primate that is a carnivorous, egotistical, weapon-making killer beast that loves violence and is doomed to destroy itself. The influence of this idea can be noted in Pierre Boulle's novel ''[[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes La Planete des Singes]]'', which would later inspire the ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movies, as apes were then regarded as what "we" should have been before becoming homicidal beasts: peaceful leaf-eaters sitting in the rainforest, and that once we've wiped us out ourselves they'd build a real harmonious civilization. However, when primatologists actually began to study ape communities in the wild in the 1960s they found that apes (especially chimpanzees) weren't that peaceful in reality and actually had their share of hunting, fights for supremacy, stealing, rape, infanticide, war and cannibalism. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Goodall Jane Goodall]] once declared (paraphrasing): "I came thinking that apes were better than us, and I discovered that they were just the same".

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* The horrors of WorldWarTwo made many anthropologists of the 50s drop the idea that HumansAreSpecial, intelligent, tool-maker conquerors of Nature (see Literature section) and switch to HumansAreBastards instead, the only primate that is a carnivorous, egotistical, weapon-making killer beast that loves violence and is doomed to destroy itself. The influence of this idea can be noted in Pierre Boulle's novel ''[[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes La Planete des Singes]]'', which would later inspire the ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movies, as apes were then regarded as what "we" should have been before becoming homicidal beasts: peaceful leaf-eaters sitting in the rainforest, and that once we've wiped us out ourselves they'd build a real harmonious civilization. However, when primatologists actually began to study ape communities in the wild in the 1960s they found that apes (especially chimpanzees) weren't that peaceful in reality and actually had their share of hunting, fights for supremacy, stealing, rape, infanticide, war and cannibalism. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Goodall Jane Goodall]] once declared (paraphrasing): "I came thinking that apes were better than us, and I discovered that they were just the same".
23rd Apr '16 12:52:20 AM Khathi
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* Much of the plot and drama in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' hangs on the Quarians' weak immune systems that forces them to live in the enviro-suits and all. This is actually a solid science, based on the (fortunately exceedingly rare) RealLife condition... which we seeminghly has just learned how to heal. In 2016. With no aliens in sight. Here goes half of the story.


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*** Which is a ScienceMarchesOn in itself, the science being history. Back in the time the project was mired in the huge political debate of which barely a couple of percents of its participants understood what it was about. Nowadays, however, the picture has became much more clear, and nowhere in the project the rerouting of the rivers were mentioned -- it was all the invention of journalists seeking the flashy tites. Instead, barely a percent of the river flow was to be turned down south, incidentally ''saving the very Aral sea'' mentioned below: the great Siberian rivers dwarf the Central Asian ones, and even a small percentage of their flow equals both the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya.
20th Apr '16 2:01:41 PM RainbowPhoenix
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* The Great Astronomy Mess Up, namely [[PlutoisExpendable the demotion of Pluto]] to dwarf planet status (and the lesser-known promotion of Ceres and Eris from asteroid to dwarf planet status), dealt quite a blow to stories in which Pluto was still called a planet in the future, such as ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Not all astronomers are happy with the classification; it's quite possible that it might change back at some point in the future. This is scant comfort to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture shows, though...

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* The Great Astronomy Mess Up, namely [[PlutoisExpendable the demotion of Pluto]] to dwarf planet status (and the lesser-known promotion of Ceres and Eris Ceres, which had itself [[OlderThanTheyThink spent fifty years as a planet before being demoted for the exact same reason Pluto was]], from asteroid to dwarf planet status), dealt quite a blow to stories in which Pluto was still called a planet in the future, such as ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Not all astronomers are happy with the classification; it's quite possible that it might change back at some point in the future. This is scant comfort to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture shows, though...



*** In fact, the issue of Pluto's classification was forced by the discovery of an object that was both larger and more distant and was thus immediately labeled by the media as the solar system's tenth planet.

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*** In fact, the issue of Pluto's classification was forced by the discovery of an object that was both larger and more distant and was thus immediately labeled by the media as the solar system's tenth planet. Said object was appropriately named Eris, for the Goddess of Discord.



** As of 2016, astronomers think there might be a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Nine ninth planet]] out there after all.

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** As of 2016, astronomers think there might be a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Nine ninth planet]] out there after all.
all. As this planet's existence is inferred from its influence on small objects beyond the Kuiper Belt, there is little risk that it will be demoted later.
15th Apr '16 6:35:34 PM rosvicl
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** The basic physical considerations (like energy conservation law) suggest that all the energy obtained from canceling gravity must somehow be introduced into the system in some other way most probably, during the manuacture of the very gravity-canceling material, which would make it hideously impractical, if not outright impossible, in the first place.

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** The basic physical considerations (like energy conservation law) suggest that all the energy obtained from canceling gravity must somehow be introduced into the system in some other way most probably, during the manuacture manufacture of the very gravity-canceling material, which would make it hideously impractical, if not outright impossible, in the first place.
15th Apr '16 6:17:54 PM rosvicl
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* On a similar note, the heroes of Azimov's ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Earth]]'' track down EarthThatWas using fragmentary references, including a clue that one of its neighboring planets had three broad rings. While three of Saturn's rings are larger than the others, there are at least seven.

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* On a similar note, the heroes of Azimov's Asimov's ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Earth]]'' track down EarthThatWas using fragmentary references, including a clue that one of its neighboring planets had three broad rings. While three of Saturn's rings are larger than the others, there are at least seven.
15th Apr '16 6:15:52 PM rosvicl
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* The whole "life on Mars" hype got going after Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen 'canali' (actually means 'channels' or 'grooves', not 'canals' as it was mistranslated as) on the surface during the opposition of 1877, a claim later back up by other astronomers of the day. However, as better telescopes became available in the early years of the 20th century, these 'channels' proved to be optical illusions.

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* The whole "life on Mars" hype got going after Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen 'canali' (actually means 'channels' or 'grooves', not 'canals' as it was mistranslated as) on the surface during the opposition of 1877, a claim later back backed up by other astronomers of the day. However, as better telescopes became available in the early years of the 20th century, these 'channels' proved to be optical illusions.
11th Apr '16 2:54:00 PM Pichu-kun
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** Lampshaded in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold, in which the Planet Master, a villain with powers relating to the planets, unleashes the "Cold of Pluto", only to be reminded that Pluto is no longer a planet. Planet Master is not pleased.

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** Lampshaded in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', in which the Planet Master, a villain with powers relating to the planets, unleashes the "Cold of Pluto", only to be reminded that Pluto is no longer a planet. Planet Master is not pleased.



* Mew Zakuro of ''TokyoMewMew'', for a short time, faced the same fate as Sailor Pluto: as of February 2008, the grey wolf (Canis lupus) was removed from the Red List, but sadly for it and luckily for her, it came back in October of the same year.

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* Mew Zakuro of ''TokyoMewMew'', ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', for a short time, faced the same fate as Sailor Pluto: as of February 2008, the grey wolf (Canis lupus) was removed from the Red List, but sadly for it and luckily for her, it came back in October of the same year.




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* This was referenced in-story in the second looking ''Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', which was set in the 1870s but published in the 1930s. One chapter has the entire family falling ill with something dubbed "fever 'n' ague". It's suggested by one character that the illness was contracted by eating tainted watermelons, while Laura's father believes it's contracted from breathing night-time air. The chapter ends with a statement that they had malaria but no one at the time, not even the FrontierDoctor, knew it came from mosquito bites.
7th Apr '16 6:28:06 PM Orbiting
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** [[http://www.orbitcomic.com/ Orbit]], a webcomic about anthropomorphised planets, was written after Pluto's demotion. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Pluto was so shocked by being demoted that he went insane from grief]].

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** [[http://www.orbitcomic.com/ Orbit]], ''Webcomic/{{Orbit}}'', a webcomic about anthropomorphised planets, was written after Pluto's demotion. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Pluto was so shocked by being demoted that he went insane from grief]].grief.
2nd Apr '16 3:12:18 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* ''Utahraptor'' was originally what amounted to "a giant ''Deinonychus''". Recent discoveries, though, made it anything ''but'' a giant ''Deinonychus''; it not only had a stumpy tail (a trait commonly associated with oviraptorosaurs, not dromaeosaurines), but ''procombent teeth''. That means the teeth of ''Utahraptor'' were something like those of ''Masiakasaurus'', or that they curved out along the jaw.
20th Mar '16 8:52:45 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* [[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy Perelandra]], the sequel to ''Out of The Silent Planet'' mentioned below, does this. Its Venus is a paradise ocean world, with most of the "land" being floating mats of plants and actual solid islands being very rare.
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