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    It's a most mysterious thing nonetheless. What selection pressures could possibly have produced this outcome? Do they come from elsewhere?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2016
     
    Along with rotifers, you mean? Part of the variety of life. No need to dull Hanlon's razor on it. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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    It's a puzzle. Something as complex as radiation tolerance is unlikely to be accidental. But not impossible.

    Posted By: AngusIs it better to rely on GM humans or AIs as our envoys into space?
    Both, I'd say.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2016
     
    I meant the question in the context of "instead of sending people into space" supposing, as seems likely, that long distance space travel will forever be impractical for people, with their weak bones, habit of breathing and so on. Would you still give the same answer? My own feeling is that I'd trust an AI more than a mutant to be the legacy of humanity in the universe.
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    Primary in my concern about letting an AI represent humanity is that rigorous ethical cross-checking has first been done. Even then one never knows, since a superintelligence is the very best at fooling a test it wishes to pass. So it comes down to trust.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2016 edited
     
    Well marsupial humans would be handy, with radiation tolerance and the ability to regrow damaged body parts.

    And if we can add hibernation and desiccation tolerance well and good.

    And a long life.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2016 edited
     
    A good Polypedilum vanderplanki to you all.
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    Wow. That's an incredible organism. Has it been sequenced?

    I try and keep reminding my 15 year old daughter (who got an A+ in Chemistry this week, yay) that genetics will be a guaranteed fun and useful job for probably the next two centuries. I hope she goes for it.
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    If taking melatonin makes you hum, you may not be who you think you are
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37440748
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2016
     
    Especially if you sing bass
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    Here we go
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    Leicestershire and the origin of life!!

    David Attenborough: Origin of Life
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCeHQfCjgJM

    Ent it luvleh me duck
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    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42945813

    Spider with a tail
    Spider with a tail
    Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo
    Spider with a tail
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    Ancient Elephants and Mastodons Were Totally Down With Inter-Species Boning

    Yup, that really is the headline
    https://gizmodo.com/ancient-elephants-and-mastodons-were-totally-down-with-1823328857
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2018
     
    Archaeology is mostly about bones, isn't it?
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    Ah, the artless innocence!
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2018
     
    Thanks. It's really artful innocence. At my age and condition any kind of innocence is a considerable effort.
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