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(Discovery)   Rock eating microbes found in Antarctic lake. Hold up, I think I've seen this Star Trek episode   (news.discovery.com) divider line 36
    More: Interesting, Antarctica, microbes, Lake Vostok, West Antarctica, extreme environment, Discovery News  
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2014-08-20 04:56:58 PM  
Take if from me, never buy a potion that eats through everything.  Storage is a biatch.
 
2014-08-20 05:16:22 PM  
RELEASE THE LICHEN!
 
2014-08-20 05:18:28 PM  
X-Files, subs. Season one.
 
2014-08-20 05:31:32 PM  
images.wikia.com
 
2014-08-20 06:08:40 PM  
A cock eater?
bokertov.typepad.com
 
2014-08-20 06:49:34 PM  
Our planet is made of rocks. We're proper farked.
 
2014-08-20 06:55:58 PM  
img3.wikia.nocookie.net
Soon....
 
2014-08-20 07:01:33 PM  
Rock Lobster.
 
2014-08-20 07:03:57 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Our planet is made of rocks. We're proper farked.


Rocks fall, everyone dies.
 
2014-08-20 07:07:18 PM  
The Earth is one big rock! We are f*cked!
 
2014-08-20 07:10:49 PM  
I eat rocks all the time.
 
2014-08-20 07:13:55 PM  
www.badmovies.org
obscure?

haven't thought about this movie in years ...
 
2014-08-20 07:18:56 PM  
Ice 9?
 
2014-08-20 07:20:56 PM  
Like a balloon.....and something bad happens!
 
2014-08-20 07:29:27 PM  
Schmitter!!!
 
2014-08-20 08:07:48 PM  
The finding not only adds another extreme environment where life thrives on Earth, but raises the prospect that similar species could have lived or are still living on Mars.

Antarctica wasn't always the way it is now. Bacteria slowly evolved to exist in the environment it is in now.

Just how similar are scientists saying Mars actually was to Earth to EVER, in it's history, allow anything like this there?

The MASSIVE amounts of organic matter on Earth was either already here and in its atmosphere, or, a moon-like object similar to Titan collided with a smaller ancient Earth to account for all the shiat we are swimming in right now. I highly doubt (and I'm not saying the article is suggesting this in anyway) microbe blasted off of Mars, sailed to Earth, crashed, crawled out, then slowly decided to eat rocks resulting in us living in pure martian rock shiat.

I could be wrong though. I like the Mars idea because I want kids to be interested in space. I also think it would be more plausible to make Mars habitable than it would be to save our own planet for some dumb farking reason. (oh yeah, the kids)

Not to worry though, in about 50,000 years some kind of humanoid from Earth will make it to the nearest star and find nothing all because we think life originated from Mars.
 
2014-08-20 08:16:26 PM  
For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!
 
2014-08-20 08:19:39 PM  

Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!


No, but he has been known to lay pipe.
 
2014-08-20 08:38:02 PM  

skyotter: obscure?


It is to me....
 
2014-08-20 08:38:13 PM  
can you smell that rock they are cooking?
 
2014-08-20 08:39:55 PM  

Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!


PAIN!!

/all the good quotes were taken...
 
2014-08-20 08:45:19 PM  

Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!


whither_apophis: Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!

PAIN!!

/all the good quotes were taken...


PAIN (remix) (vid clicky pops)
 
2014-08-20 08:50:27 PM  
People weren't really thinking about ecosystems underneath the ice.

What? That's ALL they were thinking of. They even did special drilling techniques to avoid contamination that would jeopardize the research.
 
2014-08-20 09:12:35 PM  

SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 288x322]
Soon....

OMG.  I still have that installed from GOG.com.   Damned silicoids! (always messing up my diplomatic oppression of the galaxy by not playing diplomacy)


I installed this again recently.

You know you've raised children right when they want you to play a game so they can watch you blow up populated planets.
 
2014-08-20 09:29:30 PM  

SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 288x322]
Soon....

OMG.  I still have that installed from GOG.com.   Damned silicoids! (always messing up my diplomatic oppression of the galaxy by not playing diplomacy)

I installed this again recently.

You know you've raised children right when they want you to play a game so they can watch you blow up populated planets.

My high score is 15382.  I never blow up planets other than toxic planets in a star system with other planets so that they can be reformed, terraformed, and population maxed.  :D

Normally

, that's what I do, but the kids think it''s hysterical to obliterate billions of people.

"Blow up that planet!"
"It's a huge terran! No way!"

Although there was one game where I was in a bad mood so I entertained them by beating the silicoids back by destroying every one of their planets as I moved along.

The kids were happy.
 
2014-08-20 09:33:22 PM  

SquiggsIN: fisker: I also think it would be more plausible to make Mars habitable than it would be to save our own planet for some dumb farking reason.

The solar radiation would be the big problem to overcome.  If Earth's core were as solid as Mars we wouldn't be here.  Maybe we need to melt the center of Mars ....  no magnetosphere = prohibitively expensive / impossible to settle.


That would take a lot of heat energy.  You'd need some sort of reactor.
 
2014-08-20 09:49:35 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 288x322]
Soon....

OMG.  I still have that installed from GOG.com.   Damned silicoids! (always messing up my diplomatic oppression of the galaxy by not playing diplomacy)

I installed this again recently.

You know you've raised children right when they want you to play a game so they can watch you blow up populated planets.

My high score is 15382.  I never blow up planets other than toxic planets in a star system with other planets so that they can be reformed, terraformed, and population maxed.  :D

Normally, that's what I do, but the kids think it''s hysterical to obliterate billions of people.

"Blow up that planet!"
"It's a huge terran! No way!"

Although there was one game where I was in a bad mood so I entertained them by beating the silicoids back by destroying every one of their planets as I moved along.

The kids were happy.


What game is this you speak of?
 
2014-08-20 10:00:45 PM  

fusillade762: ArcadianRefugee: SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 288x322]
Soon....

OMG.  I still have that installed from GOG.com.   Damned silicoids! (always messing up my diplomatic oppression of the galaxy by not playing diplomacy)

I installed this again recently.

You know you've raised children right when they want you to play a game so they can watch you blow up populated planets.

My high score is 15382.  I never blow up planets other than toxic planets in a star system with other planets so that they can be reformed, terraformed, and population maxed.  :D

Normally, that's what I do, but the kids think it''s hysterical to obliterate billions of people.

"Blow up that planet!"
"It's a huge terran! No way!"

Although there was one game where I was in a bad mood so I entertained them by beating the silicoids back by destroying every one of their planets as I moved along.

The kids were happy.

What game is this you speak of?


Master of Orion 2 (1 was cool, 2 was great, and 3 sucked donkey balls) from back in '96. One of the first "4x" games like Civilization (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate). Except instead of exploring continents and settling cities, you were exploring space and settling planets.

And, occasionally, blowing them up when you were really pissed at another race.
 
2014-08-20 10:11:53 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: And, occasionally, blowing them up when you were really pissed at another race.


Or bored. Boredom played a role in it, too.
 
2014-08-20 10:40:13 PM  
As the article hints to, it's easier for life to spread while the living is easy and then  stay alive after that. It's easier for something that evolved elsewhere to settle down in ice and live off of dirty ice forever. It's a lot harder to actually evolve in a hard environment like this.

The underlying question is generational time. Higher cumulative population - not how many (humans/microbes/whatevers) are alive now but adding up everyone who's ever lived - is a key number in evolution. And every generation takes longer to happen when you don't have much to live off of.

This is why there's so much interest looking for liquid water, and signs of higher temps, on Mars in the past. We already know that there could be stuff still alive on Mars - but it would have to have started back when things were wetter and messier. And it might not have survived all this time in the dry cold.
 
2014-08-20 11:09:55 PM  

SquiggsIN: ArcadianRefugee: Master of Orion 2 (1 was cool, 2 was great, and 3 sucked donkey balls)

I have to agree.  I have all 3 and I'd label them pretty much verbatim in the manner you did.  I've been hoping for a MOO4 for a long time now.


That, and an updated X-Wing and/or TIE Fighter. Hell, just give me the original coded to run on modern machines and maybe with updated graphics. I'd buy that.

/maybe even throw in a couple new missions
 
2014-08-20 11:29:16 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: What game is this you speak of?

Master of Orion 2 (1 was cool, 2 was great, and 3 sucked donkey balls) from back in '96. One of the first "4x" games like Civilization (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate). Except instead of exploring continents and settling cities, you were exploring space and settling planets.

And, occasionally, blowing them up when you were really pissed at another race.


Ah yes. That was one of the games we supported at a company I used to work for. I obviously didn't get a chance to play it very much, though.
 
2014-08-21 01:18:26 AM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!

whither_apophis: Tenga: For God sakes Jim, he's a Dr not a bricklayer!

PAIN!!

/all the good quotes were taken...

PAIN (remix) (vid clicky pops)


sure... why wouldn't someone do that
 
2014-08-21 05:29:11 PM  
You mean there's a rock, in some Antarctic lake, eating microbes.   (Like advertising a six-foot man eating
chicken...and people pay to see a huge bird, but instead see a six-foot-tall man with a bucket of KFC -
with one well-ommitted hyphen, you avoid having to give refunds.)
 
2014-08-21 06:10:55 PM  
chemolithoautotrophic bacteria.  Not just in antarctica.  Probably in your house.
 
2014-08-21 11:03:37 PM  
ArcadianRefugee:
Master of Orion 2 (1 was cool, 2 was great, and 3 sucked donkey balls) from back in '96. One of the first "4x" games like Civilization (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate). Except instead of exploring continents and settling cities, you were exploring space and settling planets.

And, occasionally, blowing them up when you were really pissed at another race.


"Master of Orion" sounds like a mashup of the second and second-to-last tracks of Metallica's third album.  (Well, fourth)
 
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