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2nd Feb '16 8:52:40 PM KeithM
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*** With the discoveries of more and more feathered dinosaurs (and the latest research a high probability that ''most'' dinosaurs likely had feathers, just as most mammals have hair), some people are questioning whether birds should be considered a different class from dinosaurs at all. Some researchers even speak of the K-T extinction as only having wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs. Others suggest "dinosaurs" should be reclassified as birds.
2nd Feb '16 10:39:25 AM Edrobot
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[[AC:Comic Books]] * The golden age version of the ComicBook/TheFlash got his super-speed powers from inhaling hard water vapors. No, not ''[[ILoveNuclearPower heavy]]'' [[ILoveNuclearPower water]], ''hard'' water, as in water that has a high mineral content. At the time it was thought that ingesting hard water would somehow heighten one's reflexes.
1st Feb '16 10:09:44 AM Akaihiryuu
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** Bloodletting (technically a much more modern form called phlebotomy) is still used today for a very specific condition called hemachromatosis (basically, an excess of iron in the blood and excess red blood cells). It's not very common and generally only comes up during blood transfusions. This condition would not have been known when bloodletting was a common practice, though.

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** While miasma theory was wrong about bad smells being the cause of disease...the organisms that actually were responsible for disease were also responsible for the bad smells. So by coming up with traps and modern plumbing to keep sewer air out of houses, they were actually preventing disease, just not for the reason they thought.
27th Jan '16 2:01:53 AM forthur
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** Also, there's the constant hurricane speed winds and sulphuric acid rain to worry about.
21st Jan '16 2:15:03 AM jormis29
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** Which is supported by similar events in his run on ''{{Supreme}}'', where Billy Friday points out various scientific or logical flaws in Supreme's past adventures, seemingly ignorant of the fact that they still happened just the same.
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** Which is supported by similar events in his run on ''{{Supreme}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'', where Billy Friday points out various scientific or logical flaws in Supreme's past adventures, seemingly ignorant of the fact that they still happened just the same.
16th Jan '16 11:16:37 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** Many of the "traits" that supporters of Eugenics wanted to eradicate alongside genetic disorders were things like alcoholism, homosexuality, poverty, prostitution, restlessness, criminality, and antisocial behavior. The concept predates the discovery of DNA by over half a century, so its supporters naturally assumed that all traits in a person were controlled by their genes, none of which the listed traits are. At least not in a simple enough way that preventing alcoholics and criminals from breeding would have them disappear from the gene pool.
16th Jan '16 12:11:20 PM ShorinBJ
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* Also, any number of stories in which Venus is Terrestrial-habitable (usually a jungle, swamp or ocean planet, as the cloud-covered sky suggested high humidity). This is particularly relevant because Venus is closer to the Earth than Mars, and if it were even as habitable as Mars really is, would probably be the main target of our current plans for trans-Lunar interplanetary flight. Instead, as we now know, Venus is the ''least'' habitable terrestrial planet -- even ''Mercury'' is a friendlier environment!
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* Also, any number of stories in which Venus is Terrestrial-habitable (usually a jungle, swamp or ocean planet, as the cloud-covered sky suggested high humidity). This is particularly relevant because Venus is closer to the Earth than Mars, and if it were even as habitable as Mars really is, would probably be the main target of our current plans for trans-Lunar interplanetary flight. Instead, as we now know, Venus is the ''least'' habitable terrestrial planet -- even ''Mercury'' is a friendlier environment!environment! For starters, there's its mean surface temperature of 462 degrees Celsius, or about 864 degrees Fahrenheit. Then we have the 91 atmospheres of air pressure. Do you want to be cooked to death or crushed to death?
16th Jan '16 1:31:23 AM Anddrix
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** Interestingly enough, the film ''was'' originally going to have an accurate (for the time) Tyrannosaurus rex. Paleontologists hired as consultants for the film insisted that the T.rex be portrayed with only two fingers. WaltDisney stated that the ''T.rex'' should have three fingers in the film because [[ViewersAreMorons he believed that audiences wouldn't be able to recognize it otherwise]]. Amusingly, this makes it a reasonably accurate ''Allosaurus'', which actually existed at the same time as Stegosaurus, so the two mistakes cancelled to make it an accurate depiction.
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** Interestingly enough, the film ''was'' originally going to have an accurate (for the time) Tyrannosaurus rex. Paleontologists hired as consultants for the film insisted that the T.rex be portrayed with only two fingers. WaltDisney stated that the ''T.rex'' should have three fingers in the film because [[ViewersAreMorons he believed that audiences wouldn't be able to recognize it otherwise]].otherwise. Amusingly, this makes it a reasonably accurate ''Allosaurus'', which actually existed at the same time as Stegosaurus, so the two mistakes cancelled to make it an accurate depiction.
8th Jan '16 12:53:51 AM TARINunit9
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', Pluto looks [[http://b8.raptrcdn.com/img/screenshots/orig/c8575db433736e8fabcf16a29b0c35f5.6098bad1d17734e9e35aacfb546a65cc.jpeg like this]], a greyish blueish texture clearly based on Mercury or Earth's Moon. It wasn't until about two years later that New Horizons did its famous fly-by and showed Pluto really looked [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Nh-pluto-in-true-color_2x_JPEG-edit-frame.jpg like this]], a brownish hue with a surface more in line with Mars.
5th Jan '16 8:34:34 PM Sharlee
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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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