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2012-11-30 12:07:22 PM
1940 wants its science fiction story back.
 
2012-11-30 12:15:22 PM
This is damn earth shattering news

We never thought there could be liquid water on a planet so close to the sun, nevermind ice. This has enormous implications; especially when concerning the search for life outside our solar system
 
2012-11-30 01:00:27 PM
So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.
 
2012-11-30 01:25:21 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


You're thinking small. What if there are Mercury women? They're bound to be hot.
 
2012-11-30 02:11:21 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


Dafuq did I just read?
 
2012-11-30 02:11:34 PM

"Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you look habitable"


Other feasible adjectives:

Hot
Mercurial
Dense
Toxic
Close to something much hotter
 
2012-11-30 02:11:39 PM
I'd go with:

"Is your nickname Mercury? 'Cause you look Icy Hot."


/stunta
 
2012-11-30 02:11:43 PM
I can't decide if the headline doesn't make sense or is a clever meta-joke.
 
2012-11-30 02:12:07 PM
I am pretty damn hot
 
2012-11-30 02:13:15 PM

moos: "Is your nickname Mercury? 'Cause you look Icy Hot and I want to rub you on my junk"

 
2012-11-30 02:13:21 PM

St_Francis_P: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

You're thinking small. What if there are Mercury women? They're bound to be hot.


Sure about that are you?
images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org
 
2012-11-30 02:14:11 PM
"Is your name Mercury? Cuz this thing ain't gonna suck itself..."

/wow, it *does* work
//off the the bar
 
2012-11-30 02:14:30 PM
Mercury women make my thermometer rise.
 
2012-11-30 02:14:57 PM
Mercury is still a hell of a long way from habitable. This discovery really doesn't matter much. We will never inhabit Mercury.
 
2012-11-30 02:15:38 PM
Organic? Is there a new definition of organic that they are using?
 
2012-11-30 02:16:00 PM

orclover: Organic? Is there a new definition of organic that they are using?


Carbon-based. Same as always.
 
2012-11-30 02:16:33 PM

theorellior: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Dafuq did I just read?


Let it go, Jim...there's no fixing stupid.
 
2012-11-30 02:17:46 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: "Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you look habitable"


Other feasible adjectives:

Hot
Mercurial
Dense
Toxic
Close to something much hotter


Wet at one pole?
 
2012-11-30 02:18:02 PM

moos: "Is your nickname Mercury? 'Cause you look Icy Hot."


Watch out with that one.

www.frymybacon.com
 
2012-11-30 02:18:43 PM
Is your nickname Mercury? Cause your a death clock

i.ytimg.com
 
2012-11-30 02:18:54 PM

cman: This is damn earth shattering news

We never thought there could be liquid water on a planet so close to the sun, nevermind ice. This has enormous implications; especially when concerning the search for life outside our solar system


I think the axial tilt + 3:2 tidal locking is keeping some areas at the poles and in larger craters in eternal darkness. That has allowed the ice to stay instead of being boiled/vaporized away.
 
2012-11-30 02:19:49 PM

theorellior: moos: "Is your nickname Mercury? 'Cause you look Icy Hot."

Watch out with that one.

[www.frymybacon.com image 300x208]


andthat'sthejoke.gif
 
2012-11-30 02:19:59 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


"Organic" in astronomer-speak means "carbon compounds". That's all it means. Nothing whatsoever necessarily to do with life.
 
2012-11-30 02:20:04 PM
I would have gone with "Is your name Mercury? Cause you look like your crater might be wet."

/chicks dig me

orclover: Organic? Is there a new definition of organic that they are using?


"Organic" just means carbon-based in chemistry terminology, if I recall. So "organic" chemicals can form without life, but not vice versa.
 
2012-11-30 02:20:53 PM

NobleHam: Mercury is still a hell of a long way from habitable. This discovery really doesn't matter much. We will never inhabit Mercury.


Probably not, it thinks it's cooler than me.
 
2012-11-30 02:21:34 PM
"Hope you got a big trunk, cuz there's water on Mercury biatch"

/works every time
 
2012-11-30 02:21:40 PM
Okay which Farker posted this in the comments:

Given the prevalence of water and organic compounds being confirmed across our solar system, I'm seriously tempted to say it's like God just took a money shot all over our solar system's ass and we're the weird fungus that's growing out of the unwashed crack.

Comedy!
 
2012-11-30 02:22:01 PM
At first I thought it was a chemistry/pharmacology joke

"Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you look habitable cause retardation in developing children"
 
2012-11-30 02:24:19 PM
Is your name Mercury? Because you sure make the mercury rise in my thermometer, if you know what I mean.

/I mean my penis.
 
2012-11-30 02:24:36 PM

theorellior: moos: "Is your nickname Mercury? 'Cause you look Icy Hot."

Watch out with that one.

[www.frymybacon.com image 300x208]


one of those dudes turned into a christian singer under the name B-shoc
 
2012-11-30 02:25:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-30 02:25:07 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: "Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you look habitable"


Other feasible adjectives:

Hot
Mercurial
Dense
Toxic
Close to something much hotter


..look great next to my-arse?
 
2012-11-30 02:25:20 PM
Is your nickname Mercury? Because I just confused you for a male Roman demigod with flying shoes.
 
2012-11-30 02:26:09 PM
Ice ice baby
 
2012-11-30 02:26:27 PM

NobleHam: Mercury is still a hell of a long way from habitable. This discovery really doesn't matter much. We will never inhabit Mercury.


"Never" is an awfully long timespan. Mercury has about the same gravity as Mars, and a gigantic ball of pure iron for a core. Underground settlements for the purposes of mining that iron aren't completely out of the question in the distant future.

But anyway, this discovery is much more about finding out that water and organic compounds can be stable in environments where we previously thought they couldn't. And that impacts the scope of our search for life elsewhere in the universe. No one is suggesting Mercury as a vacation spot because there's some ice there.
 
2012-11-30 02:26:40 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


I keep staring at this comment.

I just...maybe if I...um...

Now I hurt.
/going to the painkiller thread
 
2012-11-30 02:26:46 PM

mbillips: Is your name Mercury? Because you sure make the mercury rise in my thermometer, if you know what I mean.

/I mean my penis.


That's not where the thermometer is supposed to go.
 
2012-11-30 02:28:23 PM
Is your name Nepture? Cause I can see myself near Uranus.
 
2012-11-30 02:31:13 PM
Is your nickname Mars? Because you look like you have three boobs.
 
2012-11-30 02:33:10 PM

evilmrsock: mbillips: Is your name Mercury? Because you sure make the mercury rise in my thermometer, if you know what I mean.

/I mean my penis.

That's not where the thermometer is supposed to go.


Don't knock it until you try it.
 
2012-11-30 02:33:45 PM
I hope it is not like this hot girl at a club surprise (GIF, SFW)
 
2012-11-30 02:36:20 PM
Except at the poles, Mercury only gets warm enough to melt lead. Sounds like a good vacation spot. I hear the chicks there are HOT and the guys are light in the loafers. (too obscure?)
 
2012-11-30 02:36:42 PM
www.hwdyk.com

ooh it's getting too cold let me turn on the heat
 
2012-11-30 02:37:42 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


No evidence points to what you're saying either. You're doing science backwards.
 
2012-11-30 02:37:47 PM
Are you from Heaven Mercury? Because I've got an erection!
 
2012-11-30 02:38:51 PM
Clearly, this means Jesus rode dinosaurs on Mercury.
 
2012-11-30 02:39:47 PM
Are you Mercury, because you poison renassiance era chemists and hat makers.
 
2012-11-30 02:39:54 PM

orclover: Organic? Is there a new definition of organic that they are using?



Haven't you been to the grocery store lately?
 
2012-11-30 02:43:58 PM

cman: This is damn earth Mercury shattering news



FTFY


cman: We never thought there could be liquid water on a planet so close to the sun, nevermind ice. This has enormous implications; especially when concerning the search for life outside our solar system.



We're arrogant asshats who THINK we KNOW things.

Nature gets a kick out of kicking us in the balls.
 
2012-11-30 02:44:12 PM
Is your name Mercury? Cause you look shiny, and move away from me every time I try and touch you.
 
2012-11-30 02:44:45 PM
Name in Japanese = "Star of Water" How did they know??
 
2012-11-30 02:48:15 PM

Khellendros: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

No evidence points to what you're saying either. You're doing science backwards.


Sometime when I'm doing science backwards, I strike science on the back of the head right before I'm about to publish. This is called the "Kinetic Ungulate" and makes the whole peer-review process more restrictive which increases my pleasure.
 
2012-11-30 02:50:23 PM
"Is your atomic number 80? Cuz I'm an 11 and if you take me away I think you know where we'll end up"
 
2012-11-30 02:53:42 PM
TFA: NASA researchers believe that Mercury received this material in the same way as Earth did, millions of years ago.

img.gawkerassets.com
 
2012-11-30 02:55:01 PM
I'm not that surprised they found water in places that are never exposed to the sun, even on Mercury. Let me know when they find ice or liquid water on Venus. THAT will be impressive
 
2012-11-30 02:56:23 PM
This far in and no X-Men cheerleaders?
 
2012-11-30 02:56:41 PM

cman: We never thought there could be liquid water on a planet so close to the sun, nevermind ice.


The idea has been around for a while in science fiction. It's nice to see that reality is finally catching up.
 
2012-11-30 02:57:20 PM
www.clashmusic.com
 
2012-11-30 02:59:50 PM
And it is the water from these craters that they used in the vaccines to give Jenny McCarthy's kids autism.
 
2012-11-30 03:07:58 PM
It's not patable water.
It's full of Mercury.
 
2012-11-30 03:10:07 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


yeah, we're the center of the farking universe, mack.
How about we got some and so did all the other targets in our zone and it all came from an unknown source?
 
2012-11-30 03:11:45 PM
Alex, I'll take potent potables for $600.
 
2012-11-30 03:12:31 PM
"Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you spin totally retro, babe"
 
2012-11-30 03:13:37 PM
The planet's surface temperature ranges from 50 K (-369.67F/-223.15C) to 700 K (800.33F/426.85C).

Here's a handy chart for the less sciency people


img3.joyreactor.com
 
2012-11-30 03:14:04 PM

StopLurkListen: "Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you spin totally retro, babe"


that's Venus you big fat idiot

cbsmix965houston.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-11-30 03:14:43 PM

Karac: St_Francis_P: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

You're thinking small. What if there are Mercury women? They're bound to be hot.

Sure about that are you?
[images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org image 300x182]


On the plus side she can help make you forget the thing.
 
2012-11-30 03:15:36 PM

Evil Mackerel: Karac: St_Francis_P: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

You're thinking small. What if there are Mercury women? They're bound to be hot.

Sure about that are you?
[images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org image 300x182]

On the plus side she can help make you forget the whole thing.


FTFM
 
2012-11-30 03:16:56 PM
Is your name Mercury? Because I'd totally like to probe you down where you're moist.
 
2012-11-30 03:19:32 PM
Is your nickname Mars? Cause you've aroused my Curiosity.
 
2012-11-30 03:21:37 PM

MythDragon: The planet's surface temperature ranges from 50 K (-369.67F/-223.15C) to 700 K (800.33F/426.85C).

Here's a handy chart for the less sciency people


[img3.joyreactor.com image 716x734]


I love that graphic. It's among the better geek humor.
 
2012-11-30 03:21:48 PM
Is your name Mercury? 'cause you make that girl next to you look like Venus.
 
2012-11-30 03:25:11 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Is your name Mercury? 'cause you make that girl next to you look like Venus Uranus.

 
2012-11-30 03:25:13 PM
Sure Mercury has water, right in front of him.
images.smh.com.au
/but is there smoke on it?
 
2012-11-30 03:26:22 PM
What a girl from Mercury might look like:

4.bp.blogspot.com

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-30 03:39:23 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

"Organic" in astronomer-speak means "carbon compounds". That's all it means. Nothing whatsoever necessarily to do with life.


*ALL* carbon compounds?
 
2012-11-30 03:42:09 PM
Subby prob. gonna get "The Look" (tm) (or is it not trademarked yet?!)..
U know what "The Look" (tm) is... right ?! right ?!

I mean, Its on YouTube, also rumored to scare all decent or witty human beings forever..

I 'got' "The Look" waaaay back in 92 without even trying to hit anything, I was quite shy at that time, just made a comment to someone (who wasn't even the person that gave me the look (which is very odd)) so I guess its a well-known trand now..

want a link? (hint: NO, YOU DON'T !)
 
2012-11-30 03:42:39 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

"Organic" in astronomer-speak means "carbon compounds". That's all it means. Nothing whatsoever necessarily to do with life.

*ALL* carbon compounds?


Excluding carbonates.
 
2012-11-30 03:43:56 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


Actually there are organic molecules in many places in space already. The comets in our solar system often carry organic compounds as well as ice, so it's actually more likely that comets carried both to Mercury directly.
 
2012-11-30 03:46:43 PM
Is your name Mercury? 'cause you look like I lost my virginity in your back seat.
 
2012-11-30 03:53:19 PM

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Is your name Mercury? 'cause you look like I lost my virginity in your back seat.


sounds like a very uncomfortable place.
 
2012-11-30 03:53:41 PM

carrion_luggage: Is your name Nepture? Cause I can see myself near Uranus.


I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: Is your name Mercury? 'cause you look like I lost my virginity in your back seat.


carrion_luggage: Is your nickname Mars? Cause you've aroused my Curiosity.


Top-notch work, all around.
 
2012-11-30 03:56:10 PM

mongbiohazard: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Actually there are organic molecules in many places in space already. The comets in our solar system often carry organic compounds as well as ice, so it's actually more likely that comets carried both to Mercury directly.


An organic molecule is by definition carbon that is covalently linked to other atoms of primarily hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen. All of these elements are ubiquitous in the universe and there are a any number of natural phenomena that can cause them to combine. It stands to reason that organic compounds on earth may have derived from space, but they also could have spontaneously arose on the primordial planet. In any event, there is a big difference between a simple organic compound, such as methane, and the more complex amino acids that are essential to life. Having said that, there are countless places in the universe with conditions conducive to the rise of amino acids. In our solar system, as far as we know, only Earth and Mars were so located as to make these processes possible.
 
2012-11-30 03:57:42 PM
is your name Jupiter? cause i just pooped in her
 
2012-11-30 03:59:13 PM
Is your name Mercury? Cause I want to plant my probe in your deep, dark crater.
 
2012-11-30 04:05:01 PM
"Hey, sexy - how 'bout I leave some organic matter on your surface?"
 
2012-11-30 04:07:30 PM

JackieRabbit: mongbiohazard: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Actually there are organic molecules in many places in space already. The comets in our solar system often carry organic compounds as well as ice, so it's actually more likely that comets carried both to Mercury directly.

An organic molecule is by definition carbon that is covalently linked to other atoms of primarily hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen. All of these elements are ubiquitous in the universe and there are a any number of natural phenomena that can cause them to combine. It stands to reason that organic compounds on earth may have derived from space, but they also could have spontaneously arose on the primordial planet. In any event, there is a big difference between a simple organic compound, such as methane, and the more complex amino acids that are essential to life. Having said that, there are countless places in the universe with conditions conducive to the rise of amino acids. In our solar system, as far as we know, only Earth and Mars were so located as to make these processes possible.


Found: first amino acid on a comet

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components

So far there have not been any organic compounds found on Mars, let alone amino acids.
 
2012-11-30 04:09:02 PM
img255.imageshack.us

On Mercury, they're crazy about my stellar rock'n'roll shuffleboard
 
2012-11-30 04:10:32 PM
is your name marie curie? 'cause you look like a multiple nobel prize winner who died in 1934
 
2012-11-30 04:12:38 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: [img255.imageshack.us image 594x800]

On Mercury, they're crazy about my stellar rock'n'roll shuffleboard


Giant Insects...hellish heat...shuffleboard in space...hmmm..

Holy crap according to Life Mercury is Space Florida!
 
2012-11-30 04:13:44 PM
Is your name Jupiter? Because you've got a big red spot.

Is your name Pluto? Because you're almost, but not quite big enough to be a planet.

Is your name 4 Vesta? Because you've got a really huge asteroid.
 
2012-11-30 04:15:43 PM

rwfan: JackieRabbit: mongbiohazard: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Actually there are organic molecules in many places in space already. The comets in our solar system often carry organic compounds as well as ice, so it's actually more likely that comets carried both to Mercury directly.

An organic molecule is by definition carbon that is covalently linked to other atoms of primarily hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen. All of these elements are ubiquitous in the universe and there are a any number of natural phenomena that can cause them to combine. It stands to reason that organic compounds on earth may have derived from space, but they also could have spontaneously arose on the primordial planet. In any event, there is a big difference between a simple organic compound, such as methane, and the more complex amino acids that are essential to life. Having said that, there are countless places in the universe with conditions conducive to the rise of amino acids. In our solar system, as far as we know, only Earth and Mars were so located as to make these processes possible.

Found: first amino acid on a comet

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components

So far there have not been any organic compounds found on Mars, let alone amino acids.


And giant floating clouds of ethanol. Beautiful, giant floating clouds that are the source of, and the solution to, all of life's problems.
 
2012-11-30 04:16:45 PM
Is your name Mercury? Cause I want to slit my wrists after readin this headline.
 
2012-11-30 04:17:49 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: [img255.imageshack.us image 594x800]

On Mercury, they're crazy about my stellar rock'n'roll shuffleboard


i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-30 04:24:24 PM
So to ask the crazy question... Wouldn't these dark crater areas on Mercury be a decent place to set up an outpost? Potential access to water, there's occasionally molecular oxygen available on the surface to supplement supplies, Mercury has a magnetosphere so it would not require a tremendous amount of shielding, and if you put it in a crater near a spot that occasionally gets some sun light it may not be too cold or too hot all the time.

/haven't seriously studied sciencey stuff in 16 years
 
2012-11-30 04:31:26 PM

rwfan: JackieRabbit: mongbiohazard: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Actually there are organic molecules in many places in space already. The comets in our solar system often carry organic compounds as well as ice, so it's actually more likely that comets carried both to Mercury directly.

An organic molecule is by definition carbon that is covalently linked to other atoms of primarily hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen. All of these elements are ubiquitous in the universe and there are a any number of natural phenomena that can cause them to combine. It stands to reason that organic compounds on earth may have derived from space, but they also could have spontaneously arose on the primordial planet. In any event, there is a big difference between a simple organic compound, such as methane, and the more complex amino acids that are essential to life. Having said that, there are countless places in the universe with conditions conducive to the rise of amino acids. In our solar system, as far as we know, only Earth and Mars were so located as to make these processes possible.

Found: first amino acid on a comet

Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components

So far there have not been any organic compounds found on Mars, let alone amino acids.


Be dubious of anything you read on New Scientist, since it is a popular magazine and tends to be both wrong and sensationalist. The amino acid found by Stardust is in question. Many scientists believe that the probe took it with it from Earth.

What gave you the idea that I was suggesting that there must be organic compounds or amino acids on Mars? I didn't say that. I said that Mars is in the correct neighborhood where such a thing can happen, not that it did. Just because organic compounds have not been found on Mars doesn't mean that they won't be. It's evident that Mars once had an oxygen rich atmosphere and apparently water. So it is likely organic compounds will be found. But Mars lost its atmosphere long ago and it is entirely possible that there was not time for complex organic compounds to have formed. It will be a long time before we know. We have only explored the tiniest fraction of the Martian surface, collecting samples. What we have done is tantamount to going to New York, but so far haven't got out of La Guardia's parking lot.
 
2012-11-30 04:31:29 PM
Is your name Mercury? If so I'd like to defile you with my stinky, French wiener.
 
2012-11-30 04:36:12 PM

JackieRabbit: What gave you the idea that I was suggesting that there must be organic compounds or amino acids on Mars? I didn't say that.


OK may bad.
 
2012-11-30 04:38:12 PM

FloydA: Is your name Pluto? Because you're almost, but not quite big enough to be a planet.


Guffaw.
 
2012-11-30 04:42:52 PM
Why is it logical that life on Mercury would be giant lobster monkeys with big ears? I don't really get it. Plus the giant gold quartz crystals are and odd landscaping choice.
 
2012-11-30 04:52:18 PM

theorellior: Why is it logical that life on Mercury would be giant lobster monkeys with big ears? I don't really get it. Plus the giant gold quartz crystals are and odd landscaping choice.


Big ears for better heat radiation, helps keep them cool. Insects like the heat. Giant crystals because fark you, that's why.
 
2012-11-30 04:53:26 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: NobleHam: Mercury is still a hell of a long way from habitable. This discovery really doesn't matter much. We will never inhabit Mercury.

"Never" is an awfully long timespan. Mercury has about the same gravity as Mars, and a gigantic ball of pure iron for a core. Underground settlements for the purposes of mining that iron aren't completely out of the question in the distant future.

But anyway, this discovery is much more about finding out that water and organic compounds can be stable in environments where we previously thought they couldn't. And that impacts the scope of our search for life elsewhere in the universe. No one is suggesting Mercury as a vacation spot because there's some ice there.


First we need tons of cheap energy laying around to be able to take that iron anywhere useful. I'm sure a thousand years ago shipping cheap disposable consumer goods halfway around the world would have seemed incredibly uneconomical, but I'll still say it: I don't see how the economics of space travel are going to change that much.
 
2012-11-30 05:02:02 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: First we need tons of cheap energy laying around to be able to take that iron anywhere useful.


Solar flux at Mercury is 6.2 what it is here. It's also deep in the solar gravity well, too, but there's a buttload of energy hitting Mercury every second.
 
2012-11-30 05:02:40 PM

ronaprhys: Giant crystals because fark you, that's why.


Ahh, for the lulz. I find that's the best reason.
 
2012-11-30 05:03:03 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


Panspermia?
 
2012-11-30 05:06:01 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: NobleHam: ....
but I'll still say it: I don't see how the economics of space travel are going to change that much.


file this under: No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer

/ but, that doesn't mean our generation will be enjoying space travel.
 
2012-11-30 05:14:02 PM
"Is your nickname Mercury? Cause I want you to be my queen"

/May or may not work
 
2012-11-30 05:17:04 PM

ltdanman44: one of those dudes turned into a christian singer under the name B-shoc


I just found his website. Here's my favorite bit:

At the age of 16, B-SHOC's heart started beating to the beat of rap music. Falling in love with the style, he pursued a career. With the success came the "rock-star" lifestyle which consisted of partying and women. Between performing and promoting, this fast life locked B-SHOC in the night clubs almost every night of the week.

The chase for fame and money, and never seeming to reach satisfaction began to fill his heart with emptiness. Reaching a state of depression, B-SHOC became tired of the race. Knowing that God had his hand on him the whole time, B-SHOC knew it was time to run back to Him. B-SHOC disappeared from the scene for quite some time. After time off and prayer, he came back with quite an announcement... "From here on out, I'm singing for Jesus!"
 
2012-11-30 05:32:11 PM
Is your name the moon? Because you obviously have no life.
 
2012-11-30 05:38:38 PM
NASA Finds Water and Organic Matter In Submitters Mom
 
2012-11-30 05:48:38 PM

Karac: St_Francis_P: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

You're thinking small. What if there are Mercury women? They're bound to be hot.

Sure about that are you?


We are the men... And she... Is the woman!
 
2012-11-30 06:04:10 PM
So that is how the Harmoniums survive.
 
2012-11-30 06:11:11 PM

DECMATH: Name in Japanese = "Star of Water" How did they know??


lh6.googleusercontent.com

Ask her.
 
2012-11-30 06:16:47 PM
Our galaxy must be teeming with life if in our own solar system there are 3 planets that at one point could support or were close to supporting microorganisms.
 
2012-11-30 06:25:02 PM

xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.


Thank you, head of NASA
 
2012-11-30 06:26:04 PM
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Is your name Mercury? Cuz u impair my speech and nervous system. Also, I'd like to search your crevices for organic matter. After I buy you a drink.
 
2012-11-30 07:04:45 PM

Superjoe: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Thank you, head of NASA


Gotta love Nasa.
 
2012-11-30 07:41:14 PM

azazyel: xynix: So a big rock smacks into Earth 65 million years ago and spreads a ton of organic material out into space where it swirls and twirls until some of it smacks into Mercury and most of it gets fried by the sun.

No evidence pointing to anything otherwise at this point.

Panspermia?


d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net
 
2012-11-30 08:09:16 PM

Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: I would have gone with "Is your name Mercury? Cause you look like your crater might be wet."


It would be better than "Is your name Mercury? Because you look like you have AIDS."

/kids: there was a guy named Freddie Mercury who was in this band and he ended up getting AIDS
 
2012-11-30 08:10:20 PM

WelldeadLink: Ice ice baby


See, that's meta-funny because of the whole Queen connection.
 
2012-11-30 08:23:51 PM

Mister Peejay: there was a guy named Freddie Mercury who was in this band and he ended up getting AIDS


Oh, that's just an urban legend. Only gay people get AIDS, and Freddie Mercury was obviously not gay.

/heheh.
 
2012-11-30 10:59:52 PM

Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: orclover: Organic? Is there a new definition of organic that they are using?

"Organic" just means carbon-based in chemistry terminology, if I recall. So "organic" chemicals can form without life, but not vice versa.


Maybe it just means Mercury was grown without pesticides.
 
2012-12-01 01:10:07 AM
Hermetic knowledge, how does it work?
 
2012-12-01 02:10:42 AM

Mouser: DECMATH: Name in Japanese = "Star of Water" How did they know??

[lh6.googleusercontent.com image 500x311]

Ask her.


and thus began the school-girl fetish for all the kid born in the early 80's
 
2012-12-01 08:21:52 AM
Is your name Mercury? Because you look really fast.
 
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