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2001-12-26 4:41:45 AM  
Nano Nano
2001-12-26 4:41:54 AM  
Oh shiat, prepare to meet your alien masters.
2001-12-26 4:42:00 AM  
so i guess no god?
2001-12-26 4:50:28 AM  
eh, doesn't change the basic picture of evolution

Earth sugar or Space sugar, we still evolved from microbes...
2001-12-26 5:11:29 AM  
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2001-12-26 6:11:51 AM  
Have you seen some of the bio pics or farkers? Was this ever really a question?
2001-12-26 6:26:37 AM  
No, it's worse than that, Karl713. It means that "God" *could* be out there, somewhere, throwing down heavenly sugar. Instead of just acknowledging that there is no God (if we could show that life can evolve in early conditions) now religious people will be able to take another step back and say, "Oh yeah? Well where did the sugar come from then??"
2001-12-26 7:36:02 AM  
Two words: NO shiat.
2001-12-26 7:38:05 AM  
How does this relates to diabetes ?
2001-12-26 7:38:57 AM  
"I'm sorry Mulder, but do you expect me to believe that this sugar came from outer space???"

2001-12-26 8:30:09 AM  
last year, NASA astronomers announced they had spotted a compound similar to table sugar near the center of the Milky Way.

This substance, dubbed "nougat" by researchers, may also be present in the Snickers. NASA asked Congress for additional funding of $.75 for the materials to study this matter further.
2001-12-26 8:40:13 AM  
My testicles *are* abnormally large.....Hmmm......
2001-12-26 8:44:44 AM  
And last year, NASA astronomers announced they had spotted a compound similar to table sugar near the center of the Milky Way.

studies are still being done on the Butterfinger and the 3 Musketeers.
2001-12-26 8:54:22 AM  
In serveral more centuries after religion finally gets the seriousness it truly deserves people will kill each other over their sweetner preferences.

It's corn sweetners, not clone wars stupid.
2001-12-26 8:59:39 AM  
If these findings are true, then Space Sugar has already won...

I guess this brings new meaning to the phrase "Eat me!"

2001-12-26 9:28:20 AM  
God's a space alien!!!
2001-12-26 9:34:52 AM  
Components necessary for life came from space... You mean like planets and stars? :-o Bestill my farkin' bleeding heart...
2001-12-26 9:55:20 AM  
This should be OBVIOUS. Don't you people watch Star Trek??

BTW, I just pulled a hair out of my nose that is at least an inch and a half long.
2001-12-26 10:09:29 AM  
Hmmm, the sugar goes straight from the meteorite and right into my gas tank...that biatch...
2001-12-26 10:40:20 AM  
Now, more than ever, I want to say,

"Pour some sugar on me."
2001-12-26 10:48:42 AM  
"The discovery of sugar and several related organic compounds in two rare meteorites offers fresh evidence that key building blocks to life originated in outer space, according to a new NASA study."

These people are so smart to find such strong evidence...amazing!
2001-12-26 11:01:11 AM  
I found this to be the key paragraph of the article:

"Many scientists speculate that intense bombardments of comets and meteorites about 4 billion years ago contributed to the dawn of life on our planet."

All these guys are trying to leap the ENORMOUS gap that the evolutionary model of beginnings has inherent in it: "how did life come into being from non-living material?"

It all happened because there was the "urge" of hydrogen atoms, from the beginning, to write poetry and eat ice cream.
2001-12-26 11:01:52 AM  
Al Gore says that the building blocks for life were ordered on the internet.
2001-12-26 11:21:27 AM  
heh, so many horrible jokes!
2001-12-26 11:42:50 AM  
Panspermia used to be a theory considered completely cranky, about 20 years ago. now it is fast becoming the main theory of life origins. Just goes to show.. something, I guess.
2001-12-26 11:51:31 AM  
Many scientists speculate that intense bombardments of comets and meteorites about 4 billion years ago contributed to the dawn of life on our planet.

The sugary substances discovered by Cooper and his colleagues could have sweetened the primordial soup even more

At any rate, the new study gives a boost to the budding theory that the seeds of life are sprinkled throughout the cosmos.

"This discovery shows that it's highly likely organic synthesis critical to life has gone on throughout the universe," said Kenneth Souza, director of space biology

Well. I'm convinced.
2001-12-26 12:13:09 PM  
I think it's time we take a stand against these so-called "scientists" who are so eager to find man's relevance thru things like "research" and "experimentation." These ridiculous ideals are just what's keeping us from the truth:

Man evolved from Wookies, end of story.

I, for one, refuse to be labeled as "Rock Candy."
(...Chewbacca, what a Wookie...)
2001-12-26 12:44:43 PM  
ummmmmm...Milky Way.
2001-12-26 1:04:08 PM  
They also found a large glob of non-dairy creamer, so don't get too excited.
2001-12-26 1:17:53 PM  
Franky frank frank, I salute you and your 1.5" nose hair. I have yet to ever have to pull a hair from my nose.
2001-12-26 1:20:15 PM  
And we should all chant heavily about this topic. It brings to mind a comment by one of the brightest people in our time.

What is the mind? Does is matter?
What is matter? Oh, nevermind!
H. Simpson
2001-12-26 1:39:38 PM  
When you get down to it, didn't EVERYTHING come from outer space?

And what makes sugar a building block of life? It's very low on the Food Pyramid!

Find some amino acids on that crazy comet of yours!

BTW, I live right across the freeway from Moffett.
2001-12-26 1:44:24 PM  
We are all children of the giant space pixie stick.
2001-12-26 1:45:50 PM  
Hey ... I thought that WE were "outer space" too!

I mean, from some other point of reference, Earth is pretty far out there.
2001-12-26 1:53:56 PM  
More proof that life is sweet.
2001-12-26 2:15:15 PM  
Warren: It's all about seeds. Are seeds living? Not exactly. Seeds on a universal scale are a little bit different; it's a combination of nutrients in an exact atmosphere.

Enjoy the ice cream and poetry...I know I do.
2001-12-26 3:03:28 PM  
Okay, terrific, ... Glenlivid, "it's all about seeds."
I accept.
Now tell me: where did these seeds come from? These "not exactly" living magical beans? [my words, not yours]
The point being, there HAS to be a specific point in time whereas non-living matter takes on self-replicating LIVING matter.
A HUGE leap indeed!

In my way of thinking, life can only come from LIFE.
2001-12-26 3:42:17 PM  
Pretty hefty compounds to be had from banging a few rocks together in a vacuum. I personally suspect that life of some form came together very early in our universe, and, as the dinosaurs of our planet, has largely passed on by now.

Which leads me to wonder, as our universe is dragged kicking and whimpering into the state of heat death, what new non-organic species may form between the cold dead stars?

And if intelligent, will they nibble at the dying shards of our radio communications and wonder if the universe could ever have supported life before?

And if there is and afterlife for us, will it have a comments section?
2001-12-26 3:48:42 PM  
And if there is and afterlife for us, will it have a comments section?

and will I fail to proofread? Touch typing with a headache.
2001-12-26 8:11:14 PM  
To think that right now, I could be eating particles that were dinosaur shiat millions of years ago.

I don't care about the sugar deal so much as the fact that we are made of recycled material. Stardust, baby.
2001-12-26 10:34:03 PM  
Holy jeebus , somebody call jack chick
2001-12-27 8:53:48 AM  
In all seriousness, the 'evolutionary model of beginings' doesn't include how life came to be, only what happened to life after it got here. If the first life came about because Glinda the Good Witch of the South waved her wand and uttered 'bibbity bobbity boo!' and smacked her wand on Rock Candy Mountain, the various theories of evolution would stand untouched. The various religious leaders who publically attempt to discredit evolution often improperly lump abiogenesis with evolution, dub them a "world view" and attempt to attack evolution by ridiculing scientific abiogenesis.
Abiogenesis, though also related to life, attempts to answer a very different question from evolutionary theory.
Evolutionary theory is an attempt to answer the question "How did there get to be so many kinds of life?"
The study of abiogenesis notes, as do various religions, that the Earth was once lifeless and then wasn't later and tries to answer the question "How did life occur in the first place?"
Panspermia was never regarded as an impossibility, it has simply been an unpopular approach because it pushes the question back a step and is an inelegant solution. Like 'goddidit', 'it came from outer space' doesn't answer any questions as to the process. Both answers have the disadvantages of not really answering the question and discouraging further speculation, whether by invoking miracles or by pointing to an environment whose conditions we have very poor resources for testing directly.
2001-12-27 9:02:27 AM  
Weezbo: With all due respect, your points are valid, but what about the fact that I like saying Pop-O-Matic Bubble?"
2001-12-27 3:02:17 PM  

Woah. I never thought about it that way. Pop-O-Matic Bubble is so... Elegant.. Self contained. It is, itself, a complete system and a system that even the most determined of children cannot lose the die out of.
I bow to your wisdom.
2001-12-27 7:09:50 PM  
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