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(The Register)   Young alcoholic star 'covered in fluids needed for birth of alien life.' No, not her. Not him, either   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 21
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2012-08-30 08:59:44 AM  
Top astro-boffins are chuffed

And I just gave up.
 
2012-08-30 10:19:14 AM  
And we will call it the Winehouse system
 
2012-08-30 10:40:04 AM  
I wish I was chuffed.
 
2012-08-30 11:35:12 AM  
Astro boffins would be a great name for a band
 
2012-08-30 11:53:05 AM  

Calmamity: I wish I was chuffed.


Twenty bucks, same as downtown.
 
2012-08-30 11:55:24 AM  
Thought at first that this belonged in the Entertainment tab. Glad is doesn't.
 
2012-08-30 11:57:15 AM  
Jørgensen?

/I wish I had an Extended ASCII character in my name tøø :(
 
2012-08-30 11:57:56 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

Wait till they discover the twin dwarf stars with the same conditions.
 
2012-08-30 12:04:38 PM  

Chemguy: Thought at first that this belonged in the Entertainment tab. Glad is doesn't.


This. Glad I'm not the only one.
 
2012-08-30 12:32:07 PM  

Cybernetic: Calmamity: I wish I was chuffed.

Twenty bucks, same as downtown.


Are they just making up slang as they go along?
 
2012-08-30 12:56:26 PM  

JRoo: Cybernetic: Calmamity: I wish I was chuffed.

Twenty bucks, same as downtown.

Are they just making up slang as they go along?


Isn't that how all slang gets started?
 
2012-08-30 01:10:08 PM  
Set a course!
 
2012-08-30 01:34:47 PM  

JRoo: Cybernetic: Calmamity: I wish I was chuffed.

Twenty bucks, same as downtown.

Are they just making up slang as they go along?


Chuffed is Victorian, downtown is a reference to street level prostitution.
 
2012-08-30 01:40:42 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: JRoo: Cybernetic: Calmamity: I wish I was chuffed.

Twenty bucks, same as downtown.

Are they just making up slang as they go along?

Chuffed is Victorian, downtown is a reference to street level prostitution.


Never explain the punchline.
 
2012-08-30 02:15:35 PM  
So it looks like some scientists think that some form of alien life can exist without planets. Or are they just talking alien life precursors?

More interestingly, could it be that life is largely confined to stars and that terrestrial life is much rarer due to needing a planet that forms within reach of the precursors before life processes start? It seems to me that there is no inherent need for "life" that is organized in the room-temperature gases floating around a star to have discrete individuals. I'm envisioning a "creature" with no nucleus, no cell membranes and simply cascading series of chaotic reactions that organize into cycles and return the original components. At that range the sun would provide all of the energy necessary to keep it going until the solar wind blows off the chemical components of the reactions.

It probably wouldn't fit most people's concept of "life." But then it's probably already been featured in some sci-fi story somewhere that I haven't encountered yet. And I'm not counting that crystal thing in TNG that had the "Ugly bags of mostly water" line. That exhibited far greater structure than I'm envisioning.

\such a thing wouldn't have much meaning for us other than as a curiosity
\\we'd probably kill it by accident before we recognized it
 
2012-08-30 04:22:05 PM  

BolloxReader: So it looks like some scientists think that some form of alien life can exist without planets. Or are they just talking alien life precursors?

More interestingly, could it be that life is largely confined to stars and that terrestrial life is much rarer due to needing a planet that forms within reach of the precursors before life processes start? It seems to me that there is no inherent need for "life" that is organized in the room-temperature gases floating around a star to have discrete individuals. I'm envisioning a "creature" with no nucleus, no cell membranes and simply cascading series of chaotic reactions that organize into cycles and return the original components. At that range the sun would provide all of the energy necessary to keep it going until the solar wind blows off the chemical components of the reactions.

It probably wouldn't fit most people's concept of "life." But then it's probably already been featured in some sci-fi story somewhere that I haven't encountered yet. And I'm not counting that crystal thing in TNG that had the "Ugly bags of mostly water" line. That exhibited far greater structure than I'm envisioning.

\such a thing wouldn't have much meaning for us other than as a curiosity
\\we'd probably kill it by accident before we recognized it

 

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2012-08-30 04:28:48 PM  

BolloxReader: Or are they just talking alien life precursors?


Mostly this. It's analogous to Saturn's methane covered moon of Titan. Scientists get excited when they discover organic compounds in extraterrestrial situations because they offer insight into how those compounds may have formed on Earth and eventually led to life as we know it.
 
2012-08-30 05:57:00 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

"You're welcome."
 
2012-08-31 12:21:58 AM  
I confess I saw the headline and thought of Lindsey Lohan, bukake-performing Japanese businessmen, and TV's "Alf".
 
2012-08-31 10:21:59 AM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks: I confess I saw the headline and thought of Lindsey Lohan, bukake-performing Japanese businessmen, and TV's "Alf".


Hey, you need to pitch that idea to Fox.
 
2012-09-02 09:15:01 PM  
Sounds like someone lost their Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.
 
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