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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2019
     
    Beetlegoose cause cancer.
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    Stars are frigging weird.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2019
     
    Well there goes that reboot
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    To the caves! To the caves!

    Cave discipuli!
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2019
     
    Posted By: goatcheezIs Betelgeuse preparing to go supernova?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7821517/Massive-star-Betelgeuse-1-400-times-larger-sun-dimming-soon-supernova.html
    Sooner than some of the things we've heard about here.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2019
     
    New engine tech that could get us to Mars faster.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48912458

    Old stuff.
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    If Mars were closer it wouldn't take so long to get there. (hint)
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    You appear to have A Cunning Plan
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2019 edited
     
    And then you use the bases to build more bugs... and before you know it you have a galaxy full of bases and bugs, building each other and eating all the available materials they can find.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2019
     
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    Yeah, them, only where's the Space Force full of cute girls and handsome fellows?

    Meanwhile maybe panspermia is the answer and tiny little information-bundles are the Von Neumann probes. It just takes a long time for these bundles, once they arrive at a suitably rotten rockball situated in an energy flux, to reconstruct intelligent organisms silly and competent enough to make more tiny little information-bundles or their own and send them further out as Von Neumann probes.

    I mean maybe the nature of physical reality is such that the only way to make truly self-replicating machines with intelligence, and to spread around the galaxy, is to do it with biology, and the only thing that can survive interstellar voyaging is some kind of extremely rudimentary and sturdy information-carrying molecule or compound or structure which, when it finally drifts down onto the surface of a suitably cooled and wet rockball, unfolds of itself into a slightly more complex and functional structure, starts eating and replicating and evolving and in a few billion years, we... as its "not so A"I ... start contaminating space with our own VNPs which perforce are also biological rather than hard-metal-mechanical.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2019
     
    Probably.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2019
     
    Yep, I’ll bet that’s it.
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    Well, you have to start somewhere, as someone said once.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2019
     
    Scientists Have Officially Found a Mineral Never Before Seen in Nature

    It was found along the side of a road in a remote Australian gold rush town. In the old days, Wedderburn was a hotspot for prospectors – it occasionally still is – but nobody there had ever seen a nugget quite like this one.

    https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-discovered-a-mineral-never-before-seen-in-nature
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2019
     
    This “Stellar Engine” Would Move an Entire Solar System.

    https://futurism.com/stellar-engine-move-solar-system
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2019
     
    Darn, you noticed.
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    The showstopper for Mars colonisation at present is power generation. Somebody (SpaceX?) is going to have to pony up a bunch of plutonium