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2021-04-22 4:55:07 PM  
Apparently, not any more.
 
2021-04-22 5:21:42 PM  
1021 light bulbs

I think thats a single pack at Walmart.
 
2021-04-22 5:22:12 PM  
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2021-04-22 5:25:29 PM  
Well, there's no life there now.
 
2021-04-22 5:26:54 PM  
Does anyone on Earth like Nick Cage?
 
2021-04-22 5:31:55 PM  
We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.
 
2021-04-22 5:34:15 PM  
10.0 x10^23
 
2021-04-22 5:36:48 PM  

It'sMorphin'Time: We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.


Not several thousand years in the past. They saw it in 2019, and Proxima is only about 4 ly away, so it happened in 2015.
 
2021-04-22 5:36:52 PM  
Benjamin Gibbard - Proxima B (Official Audio)
Youtube wqWsHqXJb0c
 
2021-04-22 5:39:36 PM  
I mean, yeah, we wouldn't have survived but you think maybe life that evolved around a star with superflares might be adapted to dealing with superflares?
 
2021-04-22 5:41:35 PM  

Vitamin_R: It'sMorphin'Time: We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.

Not several thousand years in the past. They saw it in 2019, and Proxima is only about 4 ly away, so it happened in 2015.


Ah, Those poor Proximans think THIS is the worst thing that will ever happen to them.
 
2021-04-22 5:41:42 PM  

Muta: Does anyone on Earth like Nick Cage?


I bet Nick does...

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2021-04-22 5:42:49 PM  

Nintenfreak: I mean, yeah, we wouldn't have survived but you think maybe life that evolved around a star with superflares might be adapted to dealing with superflares?


you think life sproutrd on a plant 1/4 the size of earth with no geocentric magnetic poles and no ozone...

/how does Mars mabe ozoens
 
2021-04-22 5:45:01 PM  

Be polite walk on the right: Nintenfreak: I mean, yeah, we wouldn't have survived but you think maybe life that evolved around a star with superflares might be adapted to dealing with superflares?

you think life sproutrd on a plant 1/4 the size of earth with no geocentric magnetic poles and no ozone...

/how does Mars mabe ozoens


Well I don't know about Proxima b, but there's plenty of Red Dwarf stars out there with similar conditions.
 
2021-04-22 5:45:10 PM  

Vitamin_R: It'sMorphin'Time: We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.

Not several thousand years in the past. They saw it in 2019, and Proxima is only about 4 ly away, so it happened in 2015.


Yep. And as for high-radioactive zones......
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural​_​nuclear_fission_reactor
 
2021-04-22 5:45:31 PM  
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Have they tried lager? It's the only thing that can kill a vindaloo.
 
2021-04-22 5:46:38 PM  
wait are you sure about that size though?

Mean radius
1.07+0.38
−0.31[3]R, 1.30+1.20
−0.62[4]R
Mass1.172+1.66
−0.72[3]M, 1.60+0.46
−0.36[4]M
Surface gravity
~1.1 g,
~0.95 g
 
2021-04-22 5:53:54 PM  
Maybe Proxima Centauri should get a job at Chotchkie's?

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2021-04-22 5:56:33 PM  
It's a red dwarf. Many of them do that during one stage of their life cycle. Why am I not shocked?
 
2021-04-22 6:20:36 PM  
I'm not sure that "underrated" is the right word, but the movie definitely had its moments.
 
2021-04-22 6:21:29 PM  

Muta: Does anyone on Earth like Nick Cage?


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2021-04-22 6:28:24 PM  
Actually, already we have received radio communication from the Centauri system. And it appears they are extremely intelligent, because the same message keeps occurring over and over...

"Send more Three Stooges"
 
2021-04-22 6:32:35 PM  
it farded and shidded
 
2021-04-22 6:42:40 PM  

Natalie Portmanteau: Well, there's no life there now.


So it's a bit like Cumbernauld now.
 
2021-04-22 7:02:31 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Natalie Portmanteau: Well, there's no life there now.

So it's a bit like Cumbernauld now.

Craig Ferguson likes this.

 
2021-04-22 7:03:11 PM  
Fake news. The flares will disappear by may. Like a beautiful miracle. The best. But mainstream news isn't gonna cover that. Why?
 
2021-04-22 7:12:48 PM  
Confused.  Are you saying Nick Cage is a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri?
 
2021-04-22 7:25:40 PM  

Vitamin_R: It'sMorphin'Time: We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.

Not several thousand years in the past. They saw it in 2019, and Proxima is only about 4 ly away, so it happened in 2015.


...wrong star. Whoops.

That said, my point is mostly that you can't really rule out much at this stage either. We've never seen any life besides Earth life develop--even the bacteria that formed on Mars we're just guessing about from fossil records. We don't know what's going to happen, so assuming extremophiles can't adapt to a given environment is sort of pointless.

Tillmaster: Yep. And as for high-radioactive zones......
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_​nuclear_fission_reactor


I didn't know that was a thing, but I was actually thinking of this fungi. I can't find much on the Oklo Mine, but I suspect that's buried too deep to have an effect on the surface before we dug up the ground. Evolution does take some time and chance, and Chernobyl might just have been lucky.
 
2021-04-22 7:31:57 PM  
Sid Meier's Proxima Centauri is a much shorter game.
 
2021-04-22 7:34:10 PM  

Nintenfreak: wait are you sure about that size though?

Mean radius
1.07+0.38
−0.31[3]R⊕, 1.30+1.20
−0.62[4]R⊕
Mass1.172+1.66
−0.72[3]M⊕, 1.60+0.46
−0.36[4]M⊕
Surface gravity
~1.1 g,
~0.95 g


I was told there would be no math
 
2021-04-22 7:37:03 PM  

ISO15693: Fake news. The flares will disappear by may. Like a beautiful miracle. The best. But mainstream news isn't gonna cover that. Why?


fake noose! the media is gluttoned with stories from every angle left right and sideways! do you even read the authors name is which doesn't always be places prominently at the top the of artical neer center
left and under the article's title, inden
nt

/ctr
 
2021-04-22 7:44:53 PM  
International astronomers have agreed that everything in the Universe should be measured in 60 watt light bulbs, except asteroids, where Big Ben's will continued be used.
 
2021-04-22 7:53:18 PM  

zimbomba67: International astronomers have agreed that everything in the Universe should be measured in 60 watt light bulbs, except asteroids, where Big Ben's will continued be used.


International Astronomers put the wrong morror in the Hubble and it cost the U.S. Space Agency $180,000 USD grant to grt it replaced, which is why Matric should be bammed.

/4ever
 
2021-04-22 8:13:49 PM  

It'sMorphin'Time: Vitamin_R: It'sMorphin'Time: We didn't really have high-radioactive zones on Earth until Chernobyl's meltdown--even Hiroshima and Nagasaki recovered quickly enough to prevent that--but once we did, we saw extremophile bacteria start growing and feeding off the radiation. Bearing in mind that this is imagery from several thousand years in the past...yeah, TFA is ignoring plenty of things to be dramatic.

/Sure, it won't look like us great ape-based life forms, but 'not humanoid' doesn't mean 'not intelligent life'.

Not several thousand years in the past. They saw it in 2019, and Proxima is only about 4 ly away, so it happened in 2015.

...wrong star. Whoops.

That said, my point is mostly that you can't really rule out much at this stage either. We've never seen any life besides Earth life develop--even the bacteria that formed on Mars we're just guessing about from fossil records. We don't know what's going to happen, so assuming extremophiles can't adapt to a given environment is sort of pointless.

Tillmaster: Yep. And as for high-radioactive zones......
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_​nuclear_fission_reactor

I didn't know that was a thing, but I was actually thinking of this fungi. I can't find much on the Oklo Mine, but I suspect that's buried too deep to have an effect on the surface before we dug up the ground. Evolution does take some time and chance, and Chernobyl might just have been lucky.


Yeah, flares like this aren't actually deal breakers for unintelligent life. Even multicellular life in the oceans wouldn't be affected much at all. Swim down three meters and close your eyes (if you have them), and you'd be just fine.

I'm still not betting on there being life on any of Proxima Centauri's planets though. Insofar as we can figure, deep oceans are inciminal to it. I strongly suspect that what is circling them are basically boiling mini-Neptunes.
 
2021-04-22 8:16:09 PM  

Nintenfreak: wait are you sure about that size though?

Mean radius
1.07+0.38
−0.31[3]R⊕, 1.30+1.20
−0.62[4]R⊕
Mass1.172+1.66
−0.72[3]M⊕, 1.60+0.46
−0.36[4]M⊕
Surface gravity
~1.1 g,
~0.95 g


Isn't... Isn't this the main page?
 
2021-04-22 8:52:38 PM  

Mr.Insightful: Yeah, flares like this aren't actually deal breakers for unintelligent life. Even multicellular life in the oceans wouldn't be affected much at all. Swim down three meters and close your eyes (if you have them), and you'd be just fine.

I'm still not betting on there being life on any of Proxima Centauri's planets though. Insofar as we can figure, deep oceans are inciminal to it. I strongly suspect that what is circling them are basically boiling mini-Neptunes.


Sure. I'm just saying that, honestly, we can't rule out non-humanoid life forms as being intelligent. We have to assume that when we find life, we don't know what we'll find, not that it's going to look like the Star Wars cantina before Lucas found CGI.
 
2021-04-22 9:05:50 PM  
Explains why I haven't been able to get my girlfriend on the phone. She left her anal probe behind on her last visit.
 
2021-04-22 9:21:49 PM  

Muta: Does anyone on Earth like Nick Cage?


They just recently found out about the 2016 election...
 
2021-04-22 9:54:01 PM  
What if we're literally the only aberration where organic life like developed and we're farking it up?

I guess that would be the answer to "why?"
 
2021-04-22 9:59:35 PM  
For millions of years, the EM broadcasts of the whole embarassing trump episode will be streaming towards, and received by, countless civilizations. We will never be able to remove that stain from our intergalactic (planetary planetary intergalactic) reputation.

/another dimension another dimension
 
2021-04-23 1:38:45 PM  
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