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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018 edited
     
    Humans and the trilobites. How can it not be thus?

    Trilobites dominated the oceans for 270 million years. Do you really expect humans to challenge that record?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018
     
    Mammalian species seem to come and go much faster than arthropods. Homo sapiens doesn't have another half-million years I'm sure, civilization and its effects not considered. It would be interesting to see (though we won't) whether another species from genus Homo fills our niche as world conquerors, or whether that role reverts to insects and bacteria.
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    Perhaps the somewhat self-referential Homo Misanthropus.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018
     
    The Neanderthals are not extinct just merged to become part of us.

    So if we are not extinct we will change merge with something else, part of the human genome will remain.

    Some might call that extinction, others evolution.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018
     
    The "we" that we were before being contaminated by Neanderthal and Denisovan blood are extinct.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2018 edited
     
    Posted By: TrimThe Neanderthals are not extinct just merged to become part of us.

    So if we are not extinct we will change merge with something else, part of the human genome will remain.

    Some might call that extinction, others evolution.


    So, deep down, we're all amphioxus?

    Who'da thunk it?

    I'll have to work on channeling my inner lancelet.
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    goo goo ka choob
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    Stiffen up that notochord!
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    Hidden Aliens
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBn8bc0k-I

    Don't start any serious METI signalling until you're able to relocate beacons at least 100 lightyears away.
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    Building on Mars: The Construction Industry Space Race | The B1M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9SdeW5UqTY
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2018
     
    Reusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy will make highly cost competitive space based solar power.

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/02/reusable-spacex-falcon-heavy-will-make-highly-cost-competitive-space-based-solar-power.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2018
     
    Let's hope China does Startram or not.

    If China is ahead deploying Railguns, electromag catapults and hypersonic weapons.

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/02/if-china-is-ahead-deploying-railguns-electromag-catapults-and-hypersonic-weapons.html
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2018
     
    Posted By: TrimLet's hope China does Startram or not.


    I'm on board or not.
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    Posted By: TrimReusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy will make highly cost competitive space based solar power.

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/02/reusable-spacex-falcon-heavy-will-make-highly-cost-competitive-space-based-solar-power.html
    Ironic since Musk has repeatedly dinged SPS as having an inferior economic model. He rails against it, in fact.

    That costing sheet is rather misleading, isn't it? It only costs the rocket costs, not the costs of the SPS arrays themselves.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2018
     
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2018
     
    Planets in the TRAPPIST-1 System May Be Closer to Earth Than We Thought.

    https://futurism.com/planets-trappist-1-system-closer-earth-thought/
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2018
     
    Somebody moved them?
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    The wind power article on Mars is great.
    The TRAPPIST headline is pure wank.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2018
     
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    Musk is apparently flirting with the idea of a Falcon Super Heavy using 5 boosters instead of the 3 on the Heavy. There seems to be an overlap between this and the BFR that's not entirely straightforward to understand.

    Speaking of which, did the 2nd stage propel the Tesla into its Sun/asteroid-belt elliptical orbit and fall away?