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(Daily Mail)   Scientists say planet Earth will last an extra 850 million years before the oceans boil away - which will hopefully give Congress enough time to craft a balanced budget   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 26
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2013-12-13 09:21:22 AM  
I wouldn't get your hopes up, subby.
 
2013-12-13 09:31:30 AM  
Crap story is crap.

"Our planet will eventually die out, spinning towards the sun as it decays and its gravitational pull grows stronger."

WTF????

gravity from the sun will grow weaker is anything because of the used up hydrogen fuel.

I stopped reading
 
2013-12-13 09:38:15 AM  

mrlewish: Crap story is crap.

"Our planet will eventually die out, spinning towards the sun as it decays and its gravitational pull grows stronger."

WTF????

gravity from the sun will grow weaker is anything because of the used up hydrogen fuel.

I stopped reading


Not appreciably weaker; only a minute percentage of its mass is converted to energy by fusion. But stronger? Definitely not.
 
2013-12-13 09:43:56 AM  
I always understood that the sun, swollen into a cool (but definitely not cold) red giant, will come to us, boiling away the oceans and stripping off the atmosphere at a fairly predictable rate.
 
2013-12-13 09:46:19 AM  
yeass... daily mail 'scientists'. Just because they use chemicals in their jobs, and chemistry is a science, does not make the janitor an authority on anything.

TFA: The habitable zone is a narrow band where water and atmosphere can exist

NO! Baaaad daily fail. No!
 
2013-12-13 10:04:24 AM  

qorkfiend: mrlewish: Crap story is crap.

"Our planet will eventually die out, spinning towards the sun as it decays and its gravitational pull grows stronger."

WTF????

gravity from the sun will grow weaker is anything because of the used up hydrogen fuel.

I stopped reading

Not appreciably weaker; only a minute percentage of its mass is converted to energy by fusion. But stronger? Definitely not.


http://www.space.com/23154-death-of-sun-will-destroy-earth-infograph ic .html

annnd

http://io9.com/what-the-death-of-the-sun-will-look-like-471796727

are much better.
 
2013-12-13 10:24:07 AM  
If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.
 
2013-12-13 10:55:58 AM  

SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.


There'll be a bunch of plastic and nuclear waste.
 
2013-12-13 10:57:16 AM  
Don't forget unfunded entitlements and pension shortfall. That's forever.
 
2013-12-13 11:04:57 AM  

SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.


We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?
 
2013-12-13 11:10:37 AM  

ikanreed: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?


Not necessarily.

We have come up with dozens of ways to tear up the place....

I see it as an inevitability.
 
2013-12-13 11:11:28 AM  
Good! That means I get paid 3 more times before the earth is toast
 
2013-12-13 11:11:42 AM  

SpdrJay: ikanreed: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?

Not necessarily.

We have come up with dozens of ways to tear up the place....

I see it as an inevitability.


And I think you're mistaking a mass die-off for an extinction.
 
2013-12-13 11:14:58 AM  

ikanreed: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?


Anatomically modern humans are only about 200,000 years old.

In that time our species invented language, then agriculture and domestication, then writing, then arithmetic and geometry, then the printing press, then calculus, then the scientific method, then engineering, then harnessing fossil fuels, then wireless transmission of data, then computers.

Frankly we've come an amazing way just since inventing language. I'd bet before the next 5,000 years are up this species will have transformed itself completely beyond anything we'd recognize today as human.

If the Republicans don't screw everything up first, of course.
 
2013-12-13 11:19:31 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: ikanreed: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?

Anatomically modern humans are only about 200,000 years old.

In that time our species invented language, then agriculture and domestication, then writing, then arithmetic and geometry, then the printing press, then calculus, then the scientific method, then engineering, then harnessing fossil fuels, then wireless transmission of data, then computers.

Frankly we've come an amazing way just since inventing language. I'd bet before the next 5,000 years are up this species will have transformed itself completely beyond anything we'd recognize today as human.

If the Republicans don't screw everything up first, of course.


Republicans are a speed-bump compared to unrestrained monarchy with divine right of kings.  The worst they can do is bump the U.S. from a position of international power.
 
2013-12-13 11:22:22 AM  

SpdrJay: ikanreed: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

We already made it 1 million years, what so dubious about 2?  Nuclear weapons?

Not necessarily.

We have come up with dozens of ways to tear up the place....

I see it as an inevitability.


Not really, we are very widespread now and fairly adaptable. Even something like the KT asteroid might not wipe us out. A major population crash could happen, but extinction is unlikely.
 
2013-12-13 11:34:14 AM  

ikanreed: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Frankly we've come an amazing way just since inventing language. I'd bet before the next 5,000 years are up this species will have transformed itself completely beyond anything we'd recognize today as human.

If the Republicans don't screw everything up first, of course.

Republicans are a speed-bump compared to unrestrained monarchy with divine right of kings.  The worst they can do is bump the U.S. from a position of international power.


OK sure, or the Republicans could inspire a worldwide religious war that ends in nuclear holocaust. Or cause a massive ecological catastrophe that sterilizes the planet.
 
2013-12-13 11:47:01 AM  
Our self annihilation wont be anything so cool and badass as nuclear war. Some dumbass CEO somewhere will inbox a paperclip maximizing superhuman AI and that will be the humiliating end.
 
2013-12-13 01:06:46 PM  
And this is supposed to be news???  I don't know where they got that 150 million figure from in the first place!
 
2013-12-13 01:32:40 PM  
I'm really steamed that it won't be a dry heat.
 
2013-12-13 02:32:16 PM  
I expect the collapse of civilization to send us back to the stone ages.

Once we break all of our tools it is unlikely for us to climb back up again. All of the easy resources have been used up. Accessing the ones we have now require our current level of technology. If that ability lapses it will be a Mad Max era spiraling down to the Stone Age.

And there isn't anything wrong with that. Life was pretty good back then. Higher mortality rates, but still a good life without so many worries.
 
2013-12-13 03:07:33 PM  

Valiente: I always understood that the sun, swollen into a cool (but definitely not cold) red giant, will come to us, boiling away the oceans and stripping off the atmosphere at a fairly predictable rate.


It has been known for a while that the Earth won't be able to sustain liquid water when the sun becomes a red giant.  However, more recent research indicates that the sun is slowly warming as it completes its current phase of life, and as a result the ocean will boil away long before then.
 
2013-12-13 03:11:03 PM  
Stop trying to cheer me up.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-13 03:15:09 PM  

Ned Stark: SpdrJay: If there's anything left at all of Homo Sapiens in even 1 million years I'll be the most surprised dust particle in the universe.

There'll be a bunch of plastic and nuclear waste.


And one incredibly bored ' (who may or may not be alive) in a server box wishing someone would have stayed to talk to him instead of leaving for another system.
 
2013-12-13 04:58:07 PM  
If we're honest, the deserts would spread anyway until the surface of earth vaguely resembles mars.. They're already well underway with that process
Hopefully humanity will have started populating other worlds by then.
 
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2013-12-14 03:20:36 PM  

Iblis824: qorkfiend: mrlewish: Crap story is crap.

"Our planet will eventually die out, spinning towards the sun as it decays and its gravitational pull grows stronger."

WTF????

gravity from the sun will grow weaker is anything because of the used up hydrogen fuel.

I stopped reading

Not appreciably weaker; only a minute percentage of its mass is converted to energy by fusion. But stronger? Definitely not.

http://www.space.com/23154-death-of-sun-will-destroy-earth-infograph ic .html

annnd

http://io9.com/what-the-death-of-the-sun-will-look-like-471796727

are much better.


I'm especially liking the io9 art.
 
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