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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 12:44PM

Well, well, well...if this turns out to be true, Mormons and evangelical fundies will have a lot of egg on their faces...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/09/14/venus-life-evidence/

"The discovery of a rare chemical in the clouds of Venus could be a sign of life, an international team of astronomers said in a study published Monday.

The researchers say they haven’t directly detected life on Venus, but they have observed the chemical phosphine in the atmosphere, which they say can be explained only by the presence of living microbes. On Earth, bacteria produce phosphine.

“Any organisms on Venus will probably be very different to their Earth cousins, but they too could be the source of phosphine in the atmosphere,” the researchers said in a news release."



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/14/2020 12:46PM by anybody.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 12:59PM

Plastic bags from landfills have blown to Venus, contaminating the atmosphere.

Carl Hiaasen is planning a book.... If Tom Robbins doesn't beat him to it.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 01:09PM


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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 01:11PM


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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 01:57PM

What would Perry have done if that monster killed Paul?

That’s what I want to know.

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Posted by: Chicken N. Backpacks ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 12:07PM

So THAT's what happened to the Colosseum.

Darn Venusian reptiles......

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Posted by: Roy G Biv ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 02:08PM

I have that movie....big fan of Harryhausen!!

I like the one where the monster is terrorizing two desert cities and a pillar of salt falls on it and kills it.....wait, I may have part of that wrong. I'll have to watch his movies again.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 02:25PM


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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:04PM

Wasn't your hump on the other side ?

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:13PM

Watch it or I'll string you up by your. . . thumbs.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:25PM


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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:29PM

Was that Woody Allen in the hoodie?

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:31PM

It was Jack Elam.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:38PM

Dave, I have been waiting for years for this opportunity. It is with excitement and the shedding of a tear that I bestow upon you the much coveted Order of Whoosh with Cubic Zirconium Encrustations.

Wear it with pride!

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:41PM

Not so fast. Did you research my answer ?

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:54PM

I did indeed. And I knew Elam was not Allen. I was just suggesting that the true Woody was an emotional and moral hunchback who should be grinning from under a hood.

So if you want the even more coveted Order of Whoosh with Cubic Zirconium Encrustations and Middle School Hair Ribbons, you'll have to work a bit harder!

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:57PM

Elam is also not Feldman.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 04:02PM

I confess that I cannot follow you deeper into the movie trivia pool. I will, however, make encouraging noises and splash enthusiastically.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 04:06PM

I shall now force you to say that you are a codfish.

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 04:10PM

Excellent--a new idea for an honorary title!

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 04:35PM

Tell me again ... what was Woody Allen's crime ?

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 07:21PM

No crime. At least no crime that was charged within the statute of limitations, tried, and decided.

But cheating, admittedly, on one's wife with one's adopted daughter is sufficient in my mind to warrant condemnation. The man is a moral cretin.

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Posted by: Gordon B. Stinky ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 09:31PM

What’s the largest number of response indentations possible on RfM?
This may be the most I’ve ever seen!
How far can it go?

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 09:51PM

It's mobius strip toilet paper. It goes forever.

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Posted by: Gordon B. Stinky ( )
Date: September 16, 2020 12:56AM

Haha! Let's see how far it goes!

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Posted by: Gordon B. Stinky ( )
Date: September 19, 2020 04:22PM

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 19, 2020 04:40PM

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Posted by: Gordon B. Stinky ( )
Date: September 20, 2020 02:44AM

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Posted by: Roy G Biv ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 11:47AM

Salted Codfish?

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 10:55PM

In recognition of your service to the realm and your sedulous exploration of cold water fisheries and indentations, I award you the Order of the Miniscule Codpiece with pink tassels.

Wear it in good health, Brave Sir Biv!

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Posted by: Soft Machine ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:12PM


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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:15PM

Is Nigel Farage related to Nigel Tufnel ?

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Posted by: Soft Machine ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 03:23PM

I much prefer Nigel Tufnell! I'm not a drummer, so I don't think I'm at risk of anything with him ;-)

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Posted by: anybody ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 07:13PM


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Posted by: GNPE ( )
Date: September 14, 2020 09:25PM

They dress like Quakers & they're about 6 ft. tall...

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Posted by: Ivan Anonov ( )
Date: September 15, 2020 07:28AM

Yawn! This is almost as good as the Martian methane. There are seasonal variations in methane levels in the Martian atmosphere. Some call this evidence of Martian microbial life (and I think it probably is), but many scientists refuse to stomach that explanation and deny it absolutely. Any non-biological geological process is better for them than a farting microbe.

The idea of microbes in the Venusian atmosphere is nothing new at all. Decades ago, it was suggested the dark streaks in Venus' atmosphere resulted from microbial activity. One of the Venera probes also detected some strange molecules when it deployed a balloon, and that was decades ago.

Watch now as scientists scramble to produce new models of how this Venus gas is the result of non-biological activity.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: September 19, 2020 04:49PM

We used to wonder if other stars had planets, or if planets were a rare feature. We are now finding out that planets are as common as, um, dirt.

I am of course guessing, but I suspect we will find out the same thing about life. Any planet that has any part of it that is hospitable to life will likely have life. That means the upper reaches of Venus' atmosphere, underground on Mars, perhaps somewhere in the atmospheres of Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn, and on various moons of Jupiter and Saturn, some sort of life is possible.

Intelligent life is another thing altogether. Insert joke here about little evidence there is intelligent life in earth.

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