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2004-09-04 05:37:24 AM  
The radio telescope at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory will begin mapping the known galaxy on Friday, scientists said.

Universe, galaxy, same thing.

I'm revoking FRANK GRIFFITHS' science license.
2004-09-04 06:09:53 AM  
But I already mapped the universe.. they can just use mine I won't care:

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2004-09-04 06:11:55 AM  
And I'm revoking yours FoamingPipeSnake. Think of what their doing on a more local scale. A galaxy is a country, the universe is the whole world. What they're doing is mapping every road, signpost, and titty par in the country.

The Universe is made up of (theoretically) Infinite galaxies; whereas our galaxy has a finite amount of...well everything. Granted theres still a lot in our own little galaxy and it would take millenia to map out even a decent chunk of just our galaxy in any detail.
2004-09-04 06:25:05 AM  
maybe they'll find waldo too :)
2004-09-04 08:05:43 AM  
2004-09-04 06:09:53 AM DewKnight [TotalFark]

Ahahahahahhaa that's farking awesome.
2004-09-04 11:02:49 AM  
I agree with you, FoamingPipeSnake. Piss-poor science reporting.
2004-09-04 11:07:17 AM  
Jeez, DewKnight, you left out Uranus. Is this your first visit to TF?
2004-09-04 12:58:31 PM  
That's a good thing. I've been wondering where in the world Carmen San Diego was for a long damn time.
2004-09-04 12:58:55 PM  
I think my ex-girlfriend would disagree with your depiction DEWNIGHT, she's about 100.9% certain that she is the center of the universe.
2004-09-04 01:00:25 PM  
That what a liberal arts degree and an entry level journalism job will get you:

"The 1,000-foot-wide parabolic receiver composed of 38,000 aluminum tiles allows researchers to listen to sounds in space..."

It "listens" to radio waves. It is not a tin can on a string.
2004-09-04 01:04:37 PM  
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2004-09-04 01:07:21 PM  
It would be pretty out of date though...

2004-09-04 01:09:29 PM  
I dunno, but I just find that tagline hilarious
2004-09-04 01:10:43 PM  
There! There's the flavor!!
2004-09-04 01:13:30 PM  
The $1 million upgrade, nicknamed the ALFA project, was completed a few weeks ago and 12 scientists will begin using the telescope Friday to map the night sky for future generations, astronomer Dan Werthimer said.

The upgrade only cost a million? I didn't completely read the f'ing A but I'm imagining this total project is costing something less than, oh, pick a number, 130 billion, and this will eventually lead to discovering other intelligent life? I woulda much rather had my taxes going towards discovering life or mapping the universe to expand our civilization's collective knowledge of where we fit into everything, but no, these sorts of projects are considered unnecessary and frivolous by our elected officials.

2004-09-04 01:15:53 PM  
Let me know if they turn up Giedi Prime.
2004-09-04 01:17:43 PM  
Hasn't anyone in Puerto Rice played Doom 3???
2004-09-04 01:17:59 PM  
Let me know if they turn up a better tagline. READ the article first, morans.
2004-09-04 01:18:46 PM  
Oops, thought headline said "unknown universe". My bad. It's only a matter of time, after all..
2004-09-04 01:18:56 PM  
Seems pretty cool to me.
Anyway, I remember seeing on one of those science programs something called the "tour of the universe". It was pretty amazing. They started out on earth, then panned away, around our galaxy, past a few local galaxies, then went further out past clusters, then superclusters, etc.

Pretty amazing. Anyone know where I can find something like that on the web?
2004-09-04 01:23:38 PM  
Get on it. I plan on hitchhiking off this rock before the Vogons get here.
2004-09-04 01:39:47 PM  
Why don't they just extract the map of the Universe in all its detail from a piece of fairy cake and then build a machine around it that tells you where, in the great immensity of creation, you are, thus giving you a terrifying sense of perspective?

On a totally unrelated note, do you know where your towel is?
2004-09-04 01:40:06 PM  
Hugh G. Rection

The ending of "Men in Black" had a cool version of that effect.
2004-09-04 01:40:53 PM  
Crossbuster, I swear I was checking for the type of cake used when your post went up.
2004-09-04 01:44:25 PM  
I dunno, I have a hard time believing any other intellegent life is spending as much money as we do to find them to find us.

*rereads that sentence a couple of times*. Yeah, that makes sense the way I wrote it.
2004-09-04 01:51:07 PM  
Sp0tted They're going to be farked if we show up at their doorstep before they even know we exist.
2004-09-04 01:55:52 PM  
TheOther"Jeez, DewKnight, you left out Uranus. Is this your first visit to TF?"

I thought he had that covered by the drawing of the black hole...
2004-09-04 02:09:55 PM  
well at least the "northern" half of the galaxy, whoops, universe

/I always know where my towel is
2004-09-04 02:20:59 PM  
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2004-09-04 02:36:22 PM  
Scientists to map known universe

Man, that's going to be a biatch to fold ...
2004-09-04 02:37:28 PM  
Hey, I think I can see the Enterprise from here.
2004-09-04 03:12:14 PM  
here there

2004-09-04 03:21:43 PM  
How come we never hear about the Beta Quadrant on those shows? Do the Romulans and Klingons torture and rape all the aliens in that area, and just don't want the snooty Humans to know about it?

/takes television way too seriously
2004-09-04 03:22:46 PM  
We're mostly harmless
2004-09-04 03:26:18 PM  
Shan The Universe is made up of (theoretically) Infinite galaxies; whereas our galaxy has a finite amount of...well everything.

Err....what theory predicts infinite galaxies?
2004-09-04 03:34:50 PM  
jjorsett wins.
2004-09-04 03:55:03 PM  
I agree.
2004-09-04 04:36:26 PM  
*spraypaints V onto all the posters*
2004-09-04 05:26:53 PM  
"allows researchers to listen to sounds in space instead of depending on optics, like the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope"

"sounds" in space.

Thank you AP for continuing the science education of America.
2004-09-04 05:43:49 PM  
Arecibo expects to find thousands of new pulsars, supernovas, black holes and planets.

Does this make Arecibo intelligent itself (vice, the astronomers at Arecibo)? Couldn't the array at least spend 2 minutes giving the reporter a decent quote?
2004-09-04 05:44:38 PM  
Sadly, I spent several minutes studying Ishkur's map.
2004-09-04 05:46:59 PM  
Yep, sounds in space, OhioKnight. Sound waves (any old waves...except baseball stadium ones mebbe) can travel quite well in a vacuum...ya just can't hear 'em with human ears until they arrive down here on our little air-covered blob.
2004-09-04 05:51:06 PM  
But will they find Sarah Connor?


They have mentioned the Beta quadrant in one or two episodes (unsure of which series). I still haven't heard anyone in Star Trek mention the Gamma quadrant, though.
2004-09-04 06:06:12 PM  

You may have missed out on a little show called Deep Space Nine, that mentioned it in 2 out of 3 episodes, especially since the biggest conflict the UFP ever encountered originated there.

/have kissed a girl; do not live in parents' basement.
2004-09-04 06:11:08 PM  
Gamma quadrant is not worthy of assimilation!!!

/said the borg queen
2004-09-04 06:30:59 PM  
BorgHiveMind Did you miss almost the entire run of DS9? The Gamma quadrent is where the worm hole goes to.
2004-09-04 10:02:08 PM  
They should release it on CD rom so kids can get a sense of scale.
2004-09-05 04:34:38 AM  
Carmen Sandiego was the BEST!
2004-09-05 04:48:29 AM  
You can have sound in "space" if the universe is small enough.
/dubious audio processing (has discontinuities!), but cool anywayz
2004-09-05 04:46:32 PM  
Where in the World in Carmen Sandiego was a kick-ass show - at least I thought so when I was growing up and of that age. The Where in Time spin-off that came later was really lame, though.

WTF ever happened to all the great older-kid programming on PBS, anyway? Square One, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Ghostwriter (not sure if that qualifies as great, but I really enjoyed it), Bill Nye the Science Guy... all gone, now it's all Telletubbies and Dragontales and stuff for 4-year-olds.

/lament for great public TV...
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