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(Gizmodo)   The next time i see a hot girl at the bar, imma be like "Is your nickname Mercury? Cause you look habitable"   (gizmodo.com) divider line 124
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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

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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.
 
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