The Space Thread:

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1676 Xopher00117th Mar 2014 02:30:52 PM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
That's Mr. Dr. Prof. Xopher to you!
I lost the link to that cosmos tv special. I'm not sure if it was this thread or the xkcd thread where someone gave it to me
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1677 Ramidel17th Mar 2014 03:09:06 PM , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
"Smoking-gun" evidence discovered for inflationary Big Bang theory, may allow a model of the beginning of the universe to be constructed.

Essentially, the "inflationary Big Bang" theory proposes that the Big Bang led to a brief period where the universe seemed to expand faster than light, which would lead to a lot of really weird effects on gravity, among other things (this is way over my scientific head). And they've found a gravitational wave that seems to support this theory rather conclusively.

If this is true, I think I agree with the article: there's at least one Nobel Prize coming out of this.

edited 17th Mar '14 3:12:00 PM by Ramidel

1678 Greenmantle17th Mar 2014 03:18:21 PM from Greater Wessex , Relationship Status: Hiding
Double-N
[up] ...and the possible foundations for a hyperdrive?
"It's been a long, hard road but you must carry on"
1679 Achaemenid17th Mar 2014 03:21:37 PM from Sans-Souci , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
The Philosopher-King
Probably not, sadly. But we all have to believe one anti-science crank position: mine is that Einstein was wrong and that FTL is possible. Why? I like sci-fi, that's why.

Auf wiedershen, mein leibe Katte.

Auf Ansbach-Dragoner!
"RIP NASA 1915-2015"?
If it is possible, but improbable, you bet someone is going to spend a lot of time on that.
1681 Meklar17th Mar 2014 07:38:48 PM from Milky Way , Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
[up] I have a theory that economics is fundamentally a more powerful force than physics. That is to say, no matter what the people of any one era believe is physically impossible, if it is also lucrative enough, somebody will end up doing it anyway.

Bonus points if they play music from Gurren Lagann while doing it.
1682 rmctagg0918th Mar 2014 12:27:36 PM from Brooklyn, NY , Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
1683 rmctagg0920th Mar 2014 09:28:58 AM from Brooklyn, NY , Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
1684 DeMarquis20th Mar 2014 10:07:01 AM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Re Titan: "The findings, recently published online in Geophysical Research Letters, also indicate that the solid terrain surrounding the sea is likely made of solid organic materials and not frozen water."

Way to drop a tantalizing hint. Those seas are made of mostly methane, am I right?
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
1685 Xopher00120th Mar 2014 10:07:47 AM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
That's Mr. Dr. Prof. Xopher to you!
Gross, a sea entirely made of shit
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"RIP NASA 1915-2015"?
I read that as "a sea of explodium".
1687 DeMarquis20th Mar 2014 06:23:36 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
I wish it was a sea of shit. That would imply life...
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
1688 joesolo20th Mar 2014 07:28:45 PM from Wouldn't you like to know... , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
@knight given enough oxygen it would be. evil grin
1689 Euodiachloris20th Mar 2014 08:44:48 PM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Euo will do!
[up]Very definitely. Things not to pack when going to Titan: too many spare oxygen tanks. And, an open flame. Disaster is just begging to happen over there with that combo.
"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable." ~ Pratchett, Johnny and the Bomb
1690 LeGarcon20th Mar 2014 08:47:12 PM from Skadovsk , Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
[up][up][up]What kinda fucked up super space monsters leaves a sea of poo that big?

Hell no I don't want aliens that scary.
Oh really, when?
1691 DeMarquis21st Mar 2014 05:26:49 AM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
In the last Cosmos Tyson had a nice little sequence where his ship dives under the sea on Titan and goes exploring a submerged cave. There was something alive down there.smile
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
1692 joesolo21st Mar 2014 08:20:55 AM from Wouldn't you like to know... , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
it'd be freaking awesome if there was.
1693 Xopher00121st Mar 2014 08:22:59 AM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
That's Mr. Dr. Prof. Xopher to you!
Could someone link me to that show?
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1694 Kostya21st Mar 2014 10:48:25 AM from Everywhere
The Razruchityel
Try this. We're discussing episode 2 right now.

I wonder if a species that evolved on Titan could ever make its way to the land. It's pretty far from the sun so it wouldn't get a lot of light and Saturn would block it off entirely at times. That would leave petrothermal vents as the primary source of energy which makes anything living too far from them unlikely from what I know. If I'm wrong on this feel free to correct me.

edited 21st Mar '14 3:31:26 PM by Kostya

And we're back.
Just remember that from Titan's point of view we're 70% lava and breathe a substance that would make their oceans explode.
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1696 Kostya21st Mar 2014 11:07:51 AM from Everywhere
The Razruchityel
That's a good point. We'd probably have to be careful we don't kill them by accident if we ever visited.
1697 joesolo21st Mar 2014 01:42:56 PM from Wouldn't you like to know... , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
If we visited We'd probably want to stay at a distance.

It'd.be awesome if there was a whole under-methane civilization though.
1698 Kostya21st Mar 2014 01:57:41 PM from Everywhere
The Razruchityel
So methane is flammable. Does that mean if one of our machines accidentally emitted a spark we'd set the entire moon on fire?

edited 21st Mar '14 1:57:53 PM by Kostya

1699 SeptimusHeap21st Mar 2014 02:00:11 PM from Zurich, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
No, because there isn't enough O2 to burn it in Titan's atmosphere.
1700 DeMarquis21st Mar 2014 02:14:01 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Doesnt Titan already have lightening?
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

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