Millennium: What I find interesting about this finding is that gamma-ray bursts have for some time been a classic life-ending disaster scenario: the sort of thing that causes massive extinctions and ends nearly all life on Earth (or, depending on who you ask, potentially all of it). This hypothesis, if true, would mean that we got smacked at essentially point-blank range by one, but nothing much happened. Either that was one weak ass-gamma burst, or they aren't actually the massive threat once believed.
RexTalionis: Fun Fact: Did you know that Charlemagne conquered the kingdom of the Lombards in 774 AD by turning into a 10 foot tall green rage monster?
ferretman: Is it possible to determine where the Earth was in relation to it's location in the solar system and be able to determine the direction this burst supposedly came from? Then they could scan that area and see if the could actually detect anything.
ParagonComplex: Would something like this make the carbon dating we use to determine age any less accurate? Interesting if it does. I can see the pseudo-science Creationists jumping all over this if it were the case. Thankfully none of them are smart enough to make the connection.
Perducci: Just wait for Creationists to use this as an argument against carbon dating."See! All it takes is a burst of radiation from space (sent by the One and Only Lord Almighty His Infinite Wonderfulness) to completely mess up the amount of carbon in old stuff! The earth really is 6,000 years old. Take that, science!"
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