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Fascinating scientific stuff

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by beer good, Apr 3, 2011.

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    beer good Well-Known Member

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    I don't think we have a general thread for various findings, discoveries, ideas and theories that are just... fascinating. Not necessarily new, just stuff you look at and go "Wow, we share the planet/galaxy/universe with that? Awesome!"

    For starters, did you know there's a giant waterfall of blood in Antarctica? Well, sort of. HP Lovecraft would have grinned from ear to ear if he knew about this. And the explanation for how it happens just makes it better.

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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    Spock might be interested to know that water bears are the only known terrestrial species that can survive unprotected in outer space.

    If the polar bears ever find out how to do it we're screwed.
     
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    Since this link accidentally got swallowed up in some unfortunate business, I'll just cross-post it here:

     
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    BG that's an amazing pic and story. Science never ceases to amaze me. Thanks.
     
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    How about the Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan:

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    Oh, those wacky Soviets.


    Fingers crossed I can go there next year.
     
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    I guess that's not really fascinating science, just a really big environmental disaster that looks cool at night.
     
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    I think it's fascinating. Not to mention morbidly beautiful.

    This is pretty fascinating too: did you know that the world's first known nuclear reactor wasn't in the US, but in Gabon... two billion years ago?
     
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    Actually, I did know that.

    So much for plutonium being a man-made element, eh?
     
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    You all probably know about this one (I'm always behind the times) but if you like podcasts you should subscribe to The Skeptics Guide to the Universe http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ (free through iTunes). Very cool science podcasting and wicked humor weekly. I'm an addict.
     
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    Gravity Probe B Satellite Proves Einstein Right

     
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    Some Black Holes May Pre-Date The Big Bang, Say Cosmologists

    Very cool.
     
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    Interesting. I wonder how that squares with the whole dark energy/universal expansion acceleration theory? Maybe it eventually slows, stops, begins to contract and accelerates in reverse.
     
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    I wonder that too.
     
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    That's pretty cool. I may have missed where they said it but there will be no bioluminescent bacteria going as well?
     

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