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Re: be random about science

Post by soft revolution » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:07 pm

indiansummer wrote:
soft revolution wrote:It is like something from Starship Troopers isn't it. I bet I can guess what the angle of the story would have been if it was found in British waters though.
"more evidence of the awfulness of Brown's britain?"

It's surely only a matter of time before they rise from the sea and devour us all.
I am fairly certain they just slighly reword their immigration stories
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/search. ... n+ladybird
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Post by soft revolution » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:13 pm

By toil in their underground sugar caves, I of course mean volunteer to run local schools and hospitals.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:16 am

that really is my worst nightmare made real. euch! still, kind of awesome though.

there was something on radio 4 last week or the week before, about a study of organisms at deep-sea vents. they talked a little bit about what they found but wouldn't mention what their biggest discovery was (i think it had to be verified by experts or something, and i imagine they are going to publish the results), and i can't find anything in the news about it but now i really want to know what the hell they found.

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Post by soft revolution » Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:18 am

Maybe it's a kraken?

Ooh, I remember there was a bit on the news - the only thing I've found is about the deepest deep sea vents
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 03149.html

I'm looking forward to that now. I love deep sea animals, they're always so weird and see through.

Everyone looking forward to the discovery of extraterrestrial life? There must be some somewhere.
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Post by Gordon » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:03 am

Wow. And goes well with this:

'Gigantic' scorpion fossil found in Fife
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edi ... 632427.stm
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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:27 am

i heard about that on the radio this morning! anyone fancy a trip to fife?

i think this might be the program i heard the other day.

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Re: be random about science

Post by gofelt » Thu May 13, 2010 10:15 am

Me and the other guys in the office couldn't stop laughing when we saw that:
http://www.theonion.com/articles/christ ... aw-of,281/

Ha ha, unbelievable!!

Moses should have scribbled it on a stone! At least they do not oppose the first law, so we can be assured that their energy is not wasted, just transformed into (fairly random) heat, ha ha :-)
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Re: be random about science

Post by gofelt » Thu May 13, 2010 10:24 am

Amazingly entertaining:

"Why can't disorder decrease over time instead of everything decaying?" asked Jim Muldoon of Emporia, KS. "Is that too much to ask? This is our children's future we're talking about."

It gets even better:

"This is America... "And in this country, we have the God-given right to change laws we don't think are Christian. We are united in our demands that the second law of thermodynamics be repealed, and our voice will be heard no matter what. That's just a plain fact, and nothing anybody says can ever change it." :-)))
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Post by andyroo » Thu May 13, 2010 1:01 pm

Um, you do know that The Onion is a parody don't you?
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Post by gofelt » Thu May 13, 2010 3:09 pm

andyroo wrote:Um, you do know that The Onion is a parody don't you?
Yes, but two guys of my group didn't!
I couldn't stop laughing when my German colleague went on and on about modern American Christians :-)
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Re: be random about science

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Thu May 13, 2010 3:22 pm

The problem with parodying fundamentalists is that it's really hard to come up with something more ridiculous than what they actually DO believe...

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Post by andyroo » Thu May 13, 2010 3:24 pm

Ha! Reminds me of the Tom Lehrer line... "when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize I realised there was no longer any future in satire."
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Post by tonieee » Thu May 13, 2010 4:02 pm

andyroo wrote:Um, you do know that The Onion is a parody don't you?
I read somewhere that a US state once try to pass a law to change PI to 3 and it was only stopped because a mathematician just happened to be there when they were voting on it.


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Post by tonieee » Thu May 13, 2010 4:32 pm

I think it may be this one I was thinking of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Pi_Bill (which is referenced by that snopes article) but that says 3.2 and also the bill is not specifically about redefining PI so I've probably got the two mixed up in my memory...

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Re: be random about science

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue May 18, 2010 10:30 am

Your Funny Uncle wrote:The problem with parodying fundamentalists is that it's really hard to come up with something more ridiculous than what they actually DO believe...
Here's a case in point...

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/ ... ution.html

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Re: be random about science

Post by nanski » Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:48 am

i've spent a few days trying to get my head around plant taxonomy. There's so many relationships you'd never guess. Like wasabi and papaya (!) or lotus and sycamore. okra, hibiscus, and durian are all in the same order. The trouble with this is that it is very addictive! I can't stop typing the names of plants into wikipedia to see what comes up. tea and kiwi fruit! nutmeg and magnolia! spinach, bougainvillea, and cactus!
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Post by crystalball » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:19 am

nanski wrote:i've spent a few days trying to get my head around plant taxonomy. There's so many relationships you'd never guess. Like wasabi and papaya (!) or lotus and sycamore. okra, hibiscus, and durian are all in the same order. The trouble with this is that it is very addictive! I can't stop typing the names of plants into wikipedia to see what comes up. tea and kiwi fruit! nutmeg and magnolia! spinach, bougainvillea, and cactus!
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