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2013-02-13 09:52:01 AM  
Then why did the lead scientist say he was there to chew bubblegum and kick ass?
 
2013-02-13 10:20:47 AM  
This is why I believe that if there ever WAS life on Mars, there probably still is.  Deep in ice, volcanic ocean vents, caves, microbes and even some complex life has evolved to fill some pretty strange niches. I don't think life could come to be on Mars at present, but if it ever was, the change was gradual enough that I imagine something would have carried on living somewhere there.
 
2013-02-13 10:43:10 AM  
Awww, lookit the little guy, iddn' he cute?

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2013-02-13 10:54:13 AM  
So we've got what, about 27,000 hours?
 
2013-02-13 11:07:15 AM  
Wasn't this headline up earlier in the day?
 
2013-02-13 11:07:53 AM  
Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.
 
2013-02-13 11:08:40 AM  
It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
 
2013-02-13 11:09:35 AM  

snowjack: Awww, lookit the little guy, iddn' he cute?


Ok, I came here for that.

Still gives me nightmares. The movie has held up pretty well over the years.

Except the end boss. He sucked.
 
S23
2013-02-13 11:10:35 AM  
Or X-Files..
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-13 11:11:20 AM  

Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.


I've got the weirdest boner right now
 
2013-02-13 11:15:13 AM  

Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.


Hey, buddy, that's my wife!
 
2013-02-13 11:15:30 AM  
"The Thing" was on IFC yesterday, so I had to crunch the numbers.

27,000 hours is a little over 3 years.
 
2013-02-13 11:16:08 AM  
vaguely related to this article: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/
 
2013-02-13 11:16:38 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: Jake Havechek: It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train-a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.

I've got the weirdest boner right now


Forget it. He's talking about my ex-wife.
 
2013-02-13 11:20:05 AM  
Very cool.
 
2013-02-13 11:20:36 AM  
Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
 
2013-02-13 11:20:44 AM  
If the giant albino penguins look nervous, RUN.
 
2013-02-13 11:22:32 AM  
Why are they shooting at that wolf?
 
2013-02-13 11:22:40 AM  

TheMysticS: snowjack: Awww, lookit the little guy, iddn' he cute?

Ok, I came here for that.

Still gives me nightmares. The movie has held up pretty well over the years.

Except the end boss. He sucked.


thumbs.anyclip.com
I hope you get diabeetus.
 
2013-02-13 11:22:57 AM  
Was there a pyramid under the ice as well?
 
2013-02-13 11:23:54 AM  

offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.


Tekeli-li!
 
2013-02-13 11:26:07 AM  

generallyso: Very cool.


Yes. Excellent use of the Cool tag, Subby.
 
2013-02-13 11:26:27 AM  
please, please, please....
gfx.filmz.cdn.zfour.dk
Aliens vs Predator: Prometheus , the Prequel.
 
2013-02-13 11:30:17 AM  
Meanwhile, CNN.com's priorities are clearly in order with a hard-hitting main story titled "Cruise ship kid: 'Mommy, it's so scary'" and no mention of this at all.
 
2013-02-13 11:36:52 AM  

Fartiste: Meanwhile, CNN.com's priorities are clearly in order with a hard-hitting main story titled "Cruise ship kid: 'Mommy, it's so scary'" and no mention of this at all.


What did you expect, ACTUAL news from them?

/kinda makes me sad that I get my real news on Fark and John Syewart
//on second thought, nope
 
2013-02-13 11:38:43 AM  
What are those weird piping sounds I'm hearing?
 
2013-02-13 11:40:39 AM  
In the end I must rely on the judgment and standing of the few scientific leaders who have, on the one hand, sufficient independence of thought to weigh my data on its own hideously convincing merits or in the light of certain primordial and highly baffling myth cycles; and on the other hand, sufficient influence to deter the exploring world in general from any rash and over-ambitious program in the region of those mountains of madness. It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates, connected only with a small university, have little chance of making an impression where matters of a wildly bizarre or highly controversial nature are concerned.
 
2013-02-13 11:41:09 AM  
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Fartiste: Meanwhile, CNN.com's priorities are clearly in order with a hard-hitting main story titled "Cruise ship kid: 'Mommy, it's so scary'" and no mention of this at all.


In fairness, this story is a week old.  So CNN will "break the story" in another week.
 
2013-02-13 11:45:21 AM  

offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.


and


drongozone: In the end I must rely on the judgment and standing of the few scientific leaders who have, on the one hand, sufficient independence of thought to weigh my data on its own hideously convincing merits or in the light of certain primordial and highly baffling myth cycles; and on the other hand, sufficient influence to deter the exploring world in general from any rash and over-ambitious program in the region of those mountains of madness. It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates, connected only with a small university, have little chance of making an impression where matters of a wildly bizarre or highly controversial nature are concerned.


/came for those
// leaving happy
 
2013-02-13 11:55:37 AM  
Heat up some wire hangers NOW.
 
2013-02-13 11:56:25 AM  

offmymeds: Life has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice by team of scientists who have never once seen a John Carpenter movie

...or read an H.P. Lovecraft story.


Next thing you know, we find out that Cthulhu and every other creature in the Cthulhu Mythos actually exists and we are all screwed.  I'm not taking any chances and I'm going to be one of the first ones eaten.
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2013-02-13 12:03:39 PM  

No Time To Explain: Was there a pyramid under the ice as well?


Could a Thing even be facehugged? And then hunted by Predators. AvPvT :D
 
2013-02-13 12:09:12 PM  
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2013-02-13 12:10:54 PM  
Sooooo, time to panic?
 
2013-02-13 12:17:15 PM  
From what I can gather, the microbes all look like little Janet Renos.  This does not look good at all.
 
2013-02-13 12:19:47 PM  
So basically there will soon be zombies at the South Pole.  Good to know
 
2013-02-13 12:22:30 PM  
'"What we are all dying to find out now is, of course, 'who's there' and 'what's their life style'," he says.'

Oh, I hope we all don't regret he said that some time in the future...
 
2013-02-13 12:32:06 PM  
This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."
 
2013-02-13 12:44:49 PM  

durbnpoisn: This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."


Which is why there is nearly certainly life on Mars. And why it's so weird that NASA has basically given a haphazard effort to find it, and when they did detect it, said, "nothing to see here move along," and stopped trying entirely.

Conspiracy, table for 2.
 
2013-02-13 12:46:08 PM  

MagicChicken: Tekeli-leak! Tekeli-leak!

 
2013-02-13 12:52:23 PM  
This is why I believe that if there ever WAS life on Mars, there probably still is.  Deep in ice, volcanic ocean vents, caves, microbes and even some complex life has evolved to fill some pretty strange niches. I don't think life could come to be on Mars at present, but if it ever was, the change was gradual enough that I imagine something would have carried on living somewhere there.

Except the northern half of Mars was probably hit by a large asteroid - this theory explains the fact that the northern half was molten at a time when the southern half was not. Also, said asteroid is supposedly responsible for the disruption of Mars's planetary magnetic field. Parts of the southern hemisphere retain fragments, but the north is pretty much magnetically dead. Thus the change was not gradual enough for evolution. There may be types of bacteria in the southern half that existed when the planet was hit, and evolved some since then, but large scale evolution of many types of bacteria would not have occurred.

/sorry to rain on your parade.
 
2013-02-13 12:53:03 PM  

justtray: durbnpoisn: This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."

Which is why there is nearly certainly life on Mars. And why it's so weird that NASA has basically given a haphazard effort to find it, and when they did detect it, said, "nothing to see here move along," and stopped trying entirely.

Conspiracy, table for 2.


I don't know what the reason for that was.  Perhaps they are really looking for something more impressive than bacteria.  Considering the extremophiles we've found on this planet alone, there is almost certainly life all over the solar system.  I just don't think there is going to be any big deal made about it until we see something like reasonably sized, complicated creatures.

I've often throught about what the fallout would be if we actually discovered "intelligent" life anywhere off this planet.  It would certainly turn religion on it's ear.
 
2013-02-13 12:53:32 PM  

Jake Havechek: "The Thing" was on IFC yesterday, so I had to crunch the numbers.

27,000 hours is a little over 3 years.


For another point of reference, check out "Reptilicus" from 1962.  Watching it, now.  When will we ever learn?
 
2013-02-13 12:55:21 PM  

justtray: durbnpoisn: This should't be surprising to anyone.  Life of bacterial grade can grow pretty much anywhere there is some sort of chemical energy.

In this case, it's not like Antartica has been under ice (or at the southe pole, for that matter) for all of earth's history.  So whatever was there simply adapted over time to the changing conditions.  And bacteria are fantastic at that.

My favorite quote about bacteria is, "They may not build cities or lead interesting social lives.  But they will be here when the sun explodes."

Which is why there is nearly certainly life on Mars. And why it's so weird that NASA has basically given a haphazard effort to find it, and when they did detect it, said, "nothing to see here move along," and stopped trying entirely.

Conspiracy, table for 2.



What if some one who is clearly insane turns out to be kinda right?

thetruthisnow.com
 
2013-02-13 01:10:33 PM  

Arn_Dee: No Time To Explain: Was there a pyramid under the ice as well?

Could a Thing even be facehugged? And then hunted by Predators. AvPvT :D


I dream one day for all movie and video game DNA replicating lifeforms to be pitted against each other, and maybe some non-changing aliens into the mix for shiats and giggles

/bunch of aliens enter, one supreme being leaves
//run for your lives
 
2013-02-13 01:15:59 PM  
Hope that's not some kind of killer flu, that no antibiotics can touch, type stuff. That would make for a very, very, bad day.
 
2013-02-13 01:19:46 PM  
FTA: "In Petri dishes, the bacteria show a "really good growth rate", says Priscu."

This does not bode well.
 
2013-02-13 01:21:36 PM  
If the scientists spoke Norwegian they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble.
 
2013-02-13 01:43:08 PM  
Go Bobcats.
 
2013-02-13 01:46:41 PM  
Since everyone is going with the Cthulhu and The Thing topic, I've got to bring up the issue with labeling it "Exobiology." If it originated on Earth, and the fact it probably predates most hominid species, can it really be called exobiology? Just because it's different, odd, and doesn't fit into the understanding of the obviously limited knowledge of the writer, doesn't mean you get to be an idiot.
 
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