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    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2014
     
    And it's you that's a snag short of a barbie, Trim
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2014
     
    Gaaaah! Interstellar cute!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2014
     
    Thanks for the compliment but I am sure you deserve it more than me.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2014 edited
     
    Yeronner I'd like ta ask fer a continuance so's'n the Dee-fence kin git a chaince to read the dee-po-sitions from our DNA expert, our pforensic psychologist, our used car salesman and our expert on combinatorial metathematics. A year or so ought to do it.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2014
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2014
     
    Ah - so that's the explanation for the "Fermi Paradox".
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    The lifetime of a discoverable tech civilisation could as high as 30% of the age of the universe. The paradox is resolved if we are The First Ones
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2014
     
    But since we aren't depending on tidal warming maybe they're not looking here.
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    Why did an image of George Formby singing about drying bloomers on a washing line on Titan come to mind? I'll need to get that looked at
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2014
     
    That alien virus has some really strange side effects.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd 2014
     
    George Formby sitting on the shoulder of Titan? ;)
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2014
     
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    One.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2014
     
    +3
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    you mean 4?
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    I mean, ONE.

    There is only one planet, of all that we know about, that:
    - has a satellite that is tidally locked, is at an orbital distance so that it subtends the same arc in the sky as the sun does, that is big enough WRT its planet that it really should be called a double planet.
    - is largely covered with liquid water but also has substantial land masses.
    - has plate tectonic motion because its core is still liquid after all these years and there is just enough slag floating on top, not too much not too little.
    - is distant from recent supernovae, GRBs, rogue asteroid swarms, and the Gblth-Hazzgor conflict zone.
    - has gone through a couple of radically different kinds of atmospheres and presently has a highly toxic, very reactive stuff called Oxygen contaminating the whole planet.
    - is in a relatively wide GLZ around a benign, gently flaring G-class yellow star of exactly 1 Solar Mass..... (that was easy)
    - etc etc.

    There is ONE Earth. One. And we had better start taking care of it, protecting it, cherishing it, instead of getting ready to discard it when it becomes a little soiled and careworn.
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    A bit different from the other estimates which are in the range 15-30 BILLION.
    Well, it makes for good debate.
    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2014
     
    30 Billion! How amazing that we live on the only one out of those that we are certain exists.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2014
     
    Posted By: tinker30 Billion! How amazing that we live on the only one out of those that we are certain exists.


    It would be even more amazing if we didn't live on the only one that we are certain exists.
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    OMG! What if it's...*gulp* 31 Billion instead?