March 31, 2016

Astronomers Map Surface of Alien Planet 55-Cancri-E; One Side Is Almost All Molten Lava and Over 2500 Degrees C, The Other Side is Solid Rock and a Comparatively Nippy 1000 Degrees C
— Ace

These are not the replacement planets we were hoping for.

55cancri.jpg
Artist's Impression of 55 Cancri E.
Scientists say the planet has an exciting future ahead of it
as the subject of Heavy Metal album covers.

The study used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to produce a precision temperature (exo-)map of 55 Cancri e, which is approximately 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cancer.

This is the first time such a map has been produced of such a small rocky world around eight times the mass of Earth.

As 55 Cancri e orbits so close to its parent star, completing one orbit every 18 hours, it has become tidally locked -- one hemisphere of the world is constantly facing the star, whereas the opposite side is trapped in eternal night.

Thus accounting for one side being all molten lava, and the other side being just extremely hot rock. But --

The researchers have realised that the day side of 55 Cancri e is a lot hotter than would be predicted from stellar heating alone -- there seems to be "extra heat" that, for now, will remain a puzzle until more advanced space telescopes can be launched.

Scientists speculate the planet is made entirely of Emily Ratajowski's ass.

More Science: Pentagon wonders if enemy nations will make autonomous killer robots. The US doesn't make such robots -- they kill only at the direction of a human being -- but other countries might not be so choosy about command and control of killer robots.

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1 skip it

Posted by: davidt at March 31, 2016 12:47 PM (8aOqE)

2 Over time, almost everything becomes tidally locked. Tell me about it.

Posted by: Bill at March 31, 2016 12:47 PM (2lndx)

3 The tide comes in, the tide goes out. No one can explain it.

Posted by: Bill O'Reilly at March 31, 2016 12:48 PM (1xUj/)

4 corgis summoned

Posted by: sock_rat_eez[/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 12:49 PM (dhpfK)

5 If one side was all molten lava, wouldnt it throw the planet off balanced as it revolved around its start? Wobble wobble wobble!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 12:49 PM (iQIUe)

6 Much as I'd love to have colonization be the primary thrust behind the early stages of our expansion I am thinking the primary reason will have to be resource exploitation with minimal necessary facilities and manning.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:49 PM (g8Hfr)

7 F**k Cancer

Posted by: Pluto at March 31, 2016 12:50 PM (NeFrd)

8 The map has the planet perfectly round. It should look more like a comma.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 12:50 PM (iQIUe)

9 If some of the aliens on the global warming side drove their SUVs on the ice age side, then things would be just right!

Posted by: Neil DeAss Tyson at March 31, 2016 12:50 PM (H9MG5)

10 5 Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 05:49 PM (iQIUe) It'd depend on mineral composition and the nature of said planet's tectonics if any. It could be a mostly solid ball of a material interacting with its star.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (g8Hfr)

11 A good planet to send the mooselimbs.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (B48dK)

12 Saw on last night's ONT that astronomers are still pining for Planet X.

Posted by: pookysgirl at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (/zgok)

13 So... Vulcan, then?

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (IV1em)

14 55-Cancri-E is peaceful!  Its people have no weapons!

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (hqZPQ)

15 We have a space telescope named after Client 19 or whatever his alias was ? *sighs, goes to get a bottle of beer*

Posted by: sock_rat_eez[/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (dhpfK)

16 Cancri is a stupid name. If you dont agree, you're stupid, too.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (iQIUe)

17 No need to send a probe to that one. Pretty amazing how many exoplanets have been discovered. We'll map one with oceans soon enough

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (MJuTN)

18 >>> If one side was all molten lava, wouldnt it throw the planet off balanced as it revolved around its start? Wobble wobble wobble! i don't think so. because the heavy side, the side where lava is being tugged close to the star by tidal gravity, always faces the star. It turns exactly once per year

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (dciA+)

19 Is it trying to get through to Mr. Zorg yet?

Posted by: LeelooDallasMultipass at March 31, 2016 12:51 PM (YpQpo)

20 Well yes. But if the radiation starts leaking from the waste storage silos, the resulting gravitronics effect could send the moon out of orbit COMPLETELY!!!! With all of the Moonbase Alpha personnel!!eleventy!!!1!!

Posted by: Adriane the TV Critic... at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (AoK0a)

21 Molten lava planet you say? Fuck that place!

Posted by: Anakin Skywalker at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (XItbt)

22 sounds like the perfect location for the Present-snit Obola library and retirement home.

let's send him and his family there now...they'll need the head start.

Posted by: redc1c4 at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (S/nG5)

23 I'd hit it. 

Posted by: Captain Kirk at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (hqZPQ)

24 So - what scares you more ? The notion that we aren't alone in the Universe - and just lucky that the Galactic Slavers haven't stumbled upon us yet. Or the notion that we are alone. That this is it. Don't keep this all going - and sentience ceases.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (fiGNd)

25 Wait. Are we mocking this planet or admiring it. I'm confused.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 12:52 PM (NeFrd)

26

It's Planet Hell!

Posted by: freaked at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (BO/km)

27 Who says it's uninhabitable? You're being speciesist against people who self-identify as magma creatures, aka Magmen or Lavakin. What about their rights????

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (4/i9Y)

28 SEE SEE IT IS MUSTAFAR! JUST LIKE UNCLE GEORGE SAID! //Skywalker, Annie Skywalker

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (g8Hfr)

29 Cancri is a stupid name. If you don't agree, you're stupid, too. --- Fuck you.

Posted by: Cancri at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (rlfds)

30 That's sort of a stupid name for a planet. It really doesn't make any sense at all. And what the hell is up with the 'E'? It's no Uranus, that's for sure.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (e3bId)

31 Sounds like the perfect planet for those who want to save one.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (E4NQ0)

32 Must have a lot of CO2.

Posted by: Al Bore - certified scam artist and bunco man at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (vvmPQ)

33 Hmm. looks like my uncle Jim's toilet after Taco Tuesday in San Antonio.

Posted by: Vanceone at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (IQzhs)

34 5
If one side was all molten lava, wouldnt it throw the planet off balanced as it revolved around its start? Wobble wobble wobble! Posted by: Bruce With a Wang!


Idiot!  Fire can't melt rock.

Posted by: Rosie O'Donnell at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (LAe3v)

35 Tidal locked?  Molten lava?  Eternal night?

I just got the first line to my new heavy metal song.


*power ballads*

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (j8YpL)

36 A planet under complete democrat control!

Posted by: Tyler Mason at March 31, 2016 12:53 PM (t/2s7)

37 Planetary Survey says - "Yikes - not even a Hell Planet".

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 12:54 PM (DL2i+)

38 Over time, almost everything becomes tidally locked. Spray them with a hose.

Posted by: Emilio Mola at March 31, 2016 12:54 PM (rwI+c)

39 I saw something like this on Twilight Zone. First, the earth was hurling towards the sun and everyone was too hot. The the earth was hurling away from the sun and everyone was freezing.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 12:54 PM (iQIUe)

40 24 Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 05:52 PM (fiGNd) The notion we'd accept what is in the absence of others and quit. *We* can be the aliens through terraforming if need be. I can't guarantee many things but I assure you this charming watery dirtball we call home is gonna be a bad zip code within 4 billion years.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:54 PM (g8Hfr)

41 because the heavy side, the side where lava is being tugged close to the star by tidal gravity, always faces the star. *** I'd recommend an SPF 30 or higher.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 12:54 PM (NeFrd)

42 "Or the notion that we are alone. That this is it. Don't keep this all going - and sentience ceases.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 05:52 PM (fiGNd) "

Definitely that one is scarier. Millions of planets...if this is it, well, existence was kind of a waste. Sorry we fucked it up, universe.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 12:55 PM (4/i9Y)

43 >>>I'd hit it.
Posted by: Captain Kirk at March 31, 2016 05:52 PM (hqZPQ)<<<




Of course you would. How many ships have you wrecked now?

Posted by: Starfleet Command at March 31, 2016 12:55 PM (H9MG5)

44

 

 

First, the earth was hurling towards the sun and Mrs F was too hot. The the earth was hurling away from the sun and Mrs F was freezing.

 

fify. You try living with her.

Posted by: freaked at March 31, 2016 12:55 PM (BO/km)

45 It looks like a cross section of my aorta.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at March 31, 2016 12:55 PM (hqZPQ)

46 42 Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 05:55 PM (4/i9Y) It's only barren if we quit. I hate people, I love mankind. I want us to go on.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:55 PM (g8Hfr)

47 CNN:  Along with usual news about Trump and the future president Hillary,
maybe it all won't matter in 80 years or so....

The latest, published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, says melting ice in Antarctica has the potential to contribute to a rise in sea levels of 1 meter -- more than 3 feet -- by the end of this century!

Posted by: colin at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (6IZ5e)

48 30 That's sort of a stupid name for a planet. It really doesn't make any sense at all. And what the hell is up with the 'E'?

It's no Uranus, that's for sure. Posted by: Weasel


We considered naming it Planet Butthole 2, but changed to Cancri out of deference to the non-anused. 

Posted by: Booger eaters at NASA at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (LAe3v)

49 This is the first time such a map has been produced of such a small rocky world around eight times the mass of Earth. Why do they call it rocky when one half is on fire and the other half is melted?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (1xUj/)

50 To build a wall there would be racist.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (FkBIv)

51 19 Is it trying to get through to Mr. Zorg yet? If only. It's clearly one of the Mycon's Shattered Worlds. AVOID THE STUFFED MUSHROOMS AT ALL COSTS.

Posted by: Il Padrino at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (TasoZ)

52 It turns exactly once per year Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 05:51 PM (dciA+) ======== But it orbits its sun once every 18 hours. Wobble!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (iQIUe)

53 Yeah yeah, but are there any bangable chicks on the planet?

Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (NOIQH)

54 what scares you more ? That we're not alone, but that the graphs of destruction (rise of destructive technology vs. people willing to use it) ensure that no one survives to go interstellar.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at March 31, 2016 12:56 PM (2lndx)

55 First, It's forty light years away. Second, I'm somewhat skeptical of science being able to do this. Shove a lot of mystical math in my face and I'll shrug and walk away. I... don't.... care. I'm eighty years old and all I want is to live long enough to see if we survive Obama.

Posted by: Justly Fletcher at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (rjOKb)

56 Of course you would. How many ships have you wrecked now? Posted by: Starfleet Command How many you got?

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (hpmES)

57 And what the hell is up with the 'E'? Exoplanet temp name convention: 5th planet from the star

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (MJuTN)

58 47 Posted by: colin at March 31, 2016 05:56 PM (6IZ5e) I'm certain the left will sell their coastal property ANY second now.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (g8Hfr)

59 Don't even turn down the Ramjet.

Posted by: Captain Bussard[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (DL2i+)

60 I want us to go on. Posted by: sven10077

I assume you're excluding Geraldo Rivera. 

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (LAe3v)

61 47  The latest, published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, says melting ice in Antarctica has the potential to contribute to a rise in sea levels of 1 meter -- more than 3 feet -- by the end of this century!

Posted by: colin at March 31, 2016 05:56 PM (6IZ5e)


No mention that the ice pack at the South Pole is increasing and the East Coast actual measured water level has been steadily dropping for the last 10 years or more.

Posted by: Al Bore - certified scam artist and bunco man at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (vvmPQ)

62 "Don't keep this all going - and sentience ceases."

If ours is the most sentient planetary population in space, then the whole universe is well and truly fcuked.  I'm mean, just look at the people we consider electing as our leaders.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (iIzG7)

63 Yeah yeah, but are there any bangable chicks on the planet? They are pretty hot.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at March 31, 2016 12:57 PM (2lndx)

64 on Stargate SG-1, everyone speaks modern English

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 12:58 PM (IV1em)

65 48 Hell, Planet Butthole 2 is lyrical compared to 55-Cancri E

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 12:58 PM (e3bId)

66 Sister planet of 55 E. Coli

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2016 12:58 PM (FkBIv)

67 *power ballads* First Rule of Rock and Roll: No fucking ballads.

Posted by: Jesse James Dupree at March 31, 2016 12:58 PM (foJe7)

68 60 Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 05:57 PM (LAe3v) Individually we're gnat farts. Together we've mastered tool use and can harness the power of the sun... even Gerry Rivers is part of that.... every cow has to shit.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 12:59 PM (g8Hfr)

69 The notion we'd accept what is in the absence of others and quit. There was a link here ... sometime much earlier this year ... to a philosophical notion of a cosmic sieve. Basically - if I remember the notion - it laid out a pretty good case that the advanced aliens ... benevolent or malevolent - ain't coming because there is some socio-technical commonality that continues to extinguish advancing races. The implication was that our's hadn't hit that test yet. Can't prove or disprove such shit. But I found the notion itself really, really interesting.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 12:59 PM (fiGNd)

70 Scientists speculate the planet is made entirely of Emily Ratajowski's ass. I'm going to need pictures of both... for research.

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 12:59 PM (dpJ62)

71 First book by Glenn Cook called Shadowline concerned two mining companies hiring mercernaries on a tidal locked planet.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2016 12:59 PM (E4NQ0)

72 64 on Stargate SG-1, everyone speaks modern English

I'll stop the world and...melt with you. 

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (hqZPQ)

73 If we build a spaceport on the  back side, it might tip over !

Posted by: Hank Johnson at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (vCA4F)

74 on Stargate SG-1, everyone speaks modern English The only show to have an actual use for an anthropologist.

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (dpJ62)

75 on Stargate SG-1, everyone speaks modern English I am actually speaking Rigelian. By an astonishing coincidence, both of our languages are exactly the same.

Posted by: Kang at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (rwI+c)

76 "Ooh, ooh, ooh, hot, hot, hot. Hot rocks! Ooh, ooh!" *walks faster*

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, Corporate Teambuilding Course Instructor at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (NeFrd)

77 70 Scientists speculate the planet is made entirely of Emily Ratajowski's ass.

I'm going to need pictures of both... for research. Posted by: Flyguy


so....hands-on learning?

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (LAe3v)

78 Nasa has requested funds to send a probe to visit "Emily Ratajowski's ass". I think it's an April Fools joke, but then I figured "what the hell?!" Maybe it's real and if it is, I'd want to visit.

Posted by: Queen Hillary, Princess of All The Vodka at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (/m8T6)

79 Perfect caption for the photo

Posted by: Draki at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (6DZIZ)

80 >>They are pretty hot.


Just my type!
Getting sick of the green ones....

Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (NOIQH)

81 And I proud to be an Okie from Cancri E, Place were even lightning can be a ball ...

Posted by: Adriane the Astronomy Critic ... at March 31, 2016 01:00 PM (AoK0a)

82 Ahh, the whores of Rigel 7..

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:01 PM (IV1em)

83 i'm a-gonna put on some Rush and just think about the universe n' shit

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 01:01 PM (dciA+)

84 Space whores, I mean.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:01 PM (IV1em)

85 Vin Diesel is furiously scurrying across the cooler side of the planet trying to escape the coming of dawn.

Posted by: bananaDream at March 31, 2016 01:01 PM (Ag8Mw)

86 Ahh, the whores of Rigel 7.. Your's was a male.

Posted by: Frost at March 31, 2016 01:02 PM (rwI+c)

87 69 Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 05:59 PM (fiGNd) You know they usually say it is "nukes?" I think it is self-sufficiency of food and sloth. Something to ponder.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:02 PM (g8Hfr)

88 "Ooh, ooh, ooh, hot, hot, hot. Hot rocks! Ooh, ooh!" More Hot Rocks and Fazed Cookies. - Mick Jagger

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 01:02 PM (1xUj/)

89 There was a link here ... sometime much earlier this year ... to a philosophical notion of a cosmic sieve. Basically - if I remember the notion - it laid out a pretty good case that the advanced aliens ... benevolent or malevolent - ain't coming because there is some socio-technical commonality that continues to extinguish advancing races. The implication was that our's hadn't hit that test yet. Can't prove or disprove such shit. But I found the notion itself really, really interesting. Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 05:59 PM (fiGNd) The concept you're referring to is generally known as the Great Filter, and is a theoretical solution to the Fermi Paradox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Filter I have to admit, I like the phrase "cosmic sieve" much better.

Posted by: Il Padrino at March 31, 2016 01:02 PM (TasoZ)

90 I prefer "Emily Ratajowski's ass" to all the other, lesser planets.

Posted by: Queen Hillary, Princess of All The Vodka at March 31, 2016 01:02 PM (/m8T6)

91 Your's was a male. I couldn't tell. Therefore it is irrelevant. /Bandersnatch

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (IV1em)

92 >>on Stargate SG-1, everyone speaks modern English


Pfft. At least my alien pals had an explanation for this - implanted little translator bugs or somesuch; everyone was still speaking their native language..

Posted by: John Creighton at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (NOIQH)

93 I wonder if the Hot-Siders and Cold-Siders fight like Trum/Cruz supporters.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (e3bId)

94 I'm eighty years old and all I want is to live long enough to see if we survive Obama. Posted by: Justly Fletcher at March 31, 2016 05:57 PM (rjOKb) ----------------- *Gets off Fletcher's lawn*

Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (kTF2Z)

95 90 Posted by: Queen Hillary, Princess of All The Vodka at March 31, 2016 06:02 PM (/m8T6) Runs off sobbing... //Planet H Wienah

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (g8Hfr)

96 We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx Our great computers fill the hallowed halls We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx All the gifts of life are held within our walls

Posted by: The Priests of the Temples of Syrinx at March 31, 2016 01:03 PM (rwI+c)

97 Artist's Impression of 55 Cancri E.
Scientists say the planet has an exciting future ahead of it
as the subject of Heavy Metal album covers.


I saw 55 Cancri E open for Megadeth at Alpine Valley.

Posted by: steveegg at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (v6+HN)

98 Sven, it won't be up to us. If we ever have the technology to expand our reach in the universe, it's going to come well after all of us are dust.

It'd be nice for existence to continue, though - civilization has produced a few worthwhile things that I'd prefer to a vacuum.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (4/i9Y)

99 There was a link here ... sometime much earlier this year ... to a philosophical notion of a cosmic sieve. **** I thought that theory was shown to be full of holes.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (NeFrd)

100 Your's was a male.

Posted by: Frost at March 31, 2016 06:02 PM (rwI+c)


Doesn't matter!

Posted by: Sgt. Apone at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (j8YpL)

101 Rod Serling once said that if space aliens every visited Earth, our violent and suspicious human natures would lead us to shoot them dead before they could say "Take us to your --"

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (iIzG7)

102 Sorry, but no Emily Ratajowski ass - more like Nicki Minaj or Blac Chyna or Amber Rose or a fkn Kartrashian.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 01:05 PM (iQIUe)

103 Getting sick of the green ones.... You would not fuse green eggs and sperm?

Posted by: Theodor Geisel at March 31, 2016 01:05 PM (2lndx)

104 We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx
Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx
All the gifts of life are held within our walls

Posted by: The Priests of the Temples of Syrinx at March 31, 2016 06:03 PM (rwI+c)

Attention all planets of the Solar Federation.
Attention all planets of the Solar Federation.
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.
We have assumed control.

Posted by: Voice at the end of 2112 at March 31, 2016 01:05 PM (v6+HN)

105 Great place for a lightsaber fight.

Posted by: CrustyB at March 31, 2016 01:05 PM (Hnglq)

106 89 Posted by: Il Padrino at March 31, 2016 06:02 PM (TasoZ) Yup...the concept was hinted at by HG Wells in some ways... the bugaboo was always energy weaponry of some stripe(mostly nuclear weaponry) I still think the breaking point is near global food sufficiency interacting with work ethic. Look at us we've gone from "make more pie" to "give me the goddamned pie cutter"

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:05 PM (g8Hfr)

107 It's a cookbook!

And that exoplanet's the oven!

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 01:06 PM (iIzG7)

108 Emily Ratajowski has a Great Ass!

Posted by: Vincent Hannah at March 31, 2016 01:06 PM (8aOqE)

109 It does kinda look like that evil planet from The Fifth Element.

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2016 01:06 PM (j8YpL)

110 So... they say they mapped the surface, but have to get an artist to show what it looks like? Does anyone else see a conflict here?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (39g3+)

111 41 because the heavy side, the side where lava is being tugged close to the star by tidal gravity, always faces the star.
--------
Even the earth itself is not perfectly "round" due to the tidal influences of the sun and the moon.
There are other known exoplanets call hot Jupiters that orbit even closer to their parent star. These can have two to four times the mass of Jupiter and were some of the first exoplanets discovered.
Gliese 581 C is one of the first exoplanets discovered that may have liquid water on its surface. It orbits a red dwarf sun about 20 light years away.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (9iR5/)

112 NASA must be hardup for names if they're naming planets after venereal diseases.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i] [/b] at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (A/3fN)

113 >>>The concept you're referring to is generally known as the Great Filter, and is a theoretical solution to the Fermi Paradox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Filter

I have to admit, I like the phrase "cosmic sieve" much better.

Posted by: Il Padrino at March 31, 2016 06:02 PM (TasoZ)<<<



We call it a "cosmic chinois"... for alliteration.


See, it's reasons like this that we don't visit, you uncultured hoo-man.

Posted by: advanced alien at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (H9MG5)

114 In celebration of all that is perfect in the universe creation I pronounce today "Emily Ratajowski's ass" Day. The desire of all humans to explore the dark side of the universe is insatiable, so get to it serfs! .

Posted by: Queen Hillary, Princess of All The Vodka at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (/m8T6)

115 Wasn't Riddick locked up there?

Posted by: CSMBigBird at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (xInes)

116 The concept you're referring to is generally known as the Great Filter, and is a theoretical solution to the Fermi Paradox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Filter That's it !!! Thank you !!! And who knows where I came up with Cosmic Sieve ... but it probably involved hops and barley.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (fiGNd)

117 Isn't Emily Ratajowski in a serious relationship with that Bradley Cooper actor? And yes, it is pathetic that my brain remembers stupid details like that.

Posted by: Sassy at March 31, 2016 01:07 PM (q7eWh)

118 So what is the deal with people on the darkside? They're all uh uh , but us guys on the brightside... We're like eh eh eh. Am I right! Am I right!

Posted by: Florp at March 31, 2016 01:08 PM (rwI+c)

119 Don't even THINK of stranding me there, guys.
Twice I've fallen for that. Not again,

Posted by: Matt Damon at March 31, 2016 01:08 PM (NOIQH)

120 98 Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 06:04 PM (4/i9Y) It's the curse of the confiscatory state frankly... if we'd started near space exploration in the late 1800s the governments of the world couldn't stop private concerns from exerting their will. I'm glad we won WW2, I love Milton Friedman...I wish Uncle Milty hadn't mainstreamed automatic withholding.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:08 PM (g8Hfr)

121 Don't most cancrii feel that hot?

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 01:09 PM (Qvgg/)

122 Here's "We Are In Control" by Hybrid from their album Morning Sci-fi. Has anybody read William Forstchen's book about a space elevator? Any good? I need something uplifting *rim shot*

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at March 31, 2016 01:09 PM (jR7Wy)

123 Of course you would. How many ships have you wrecked now? Posted by: Starfleet Command at March 31, 2016 05:55 PM (H9MG5) Not as many as that wuss Picard.

Posted by: Capt. Kirk at March 31, 2016 01:09 PM (v6+HN)

124 Oops, linky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXzJnsmLRPU

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at March 31, 2016 01:09 PM (jR7Wy)

125 If this planet actually has an 18-hour long year, which is what the article says when it says it orbits its star every 18 hours, then the extra heat on the back side of the planet is obviously from friction from traveling so fast through the solar wind. Do these scientists even science?

Posted by: Sharkman at March 31, 2016 01:09 PM (PjYyD)

126 You know they usually say it is "nukes?" I think it is self-sufficiency of food and sloth. Something to ponder. I threw up some meandering, long-winded shit a few weeks ago to the effect that we're in the crazy times we're in right now because maybe humans need a predator to, basically, keep us on our toes. And Progressives are so fucking busy playing down Islam as a threat because, once humans get back on their toes, Progressivism goes out the window about fifteen minutes after Islam. Was probably drinking when I came up with that one, too.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:10 PM (fiGNd)

127 110 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 06:07 PM (39g3+) Eh...probably magnetic imaging of some kind that they "translated..." bothers me a lot less than the weekly "we are ALL ALREADY DEAD!" from NOAA

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:10 PM (g8Hfr)

128 Blurred Lines Brunette so hot so stupid so perfect in every way.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 01:10 PM (mEs7I)

129 Its a giant Horta from the Star Trek universe.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at March 31, 2016 01:11 PM (vvmPQ)

130 The latest, published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, says melting ice in Antarctica has the potential to contribute to a rise in sea levels of 1 meter -- more than 3 feet -- by the end of this century! Posted by: colin at March 31, 2016 05:56 PM (6IZ5e) Manbearpig predicted this was supposed to happen a decade ago. More notable is, "...has the potential to...". I have the potential to produce an infinite amount of illegitimate children (State Department travel warnings notwithstanding). Doesn't mean that will happen (particularly given the State Department travel warnings). *pauses* Infinite children would result in infinite extra government cash and tax deductions, right? I'm rich!

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 01:11 PM (XItbt)

131 this charming watery dirtball we call home is gonna be a bad zip code within 4 billion years. ****** Billion? With a "B"? Whew. For a second there I thought you said "4 million years".

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 01:12 PM (NeFrd)

132 "And who knows where I came up with Cosmic Sieve ... but it probably involved hops and barley."

My momma talkin' to me tryin' to tell me how to live
But I don't listen to her 'cause my head is like a sieve
My daddy, he disowned me 'cause I wear my sister's clothes
He caught me in the bathroom with a pair of pantyhose...

THAT'S where you came up with it.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 01:13 PM (iIzG7)

133 bothers me a lot less than the weekly "we are ALL ALREADY DEAD!" from NOAA Yeah but I suspect its the same quality of science. Its so far away how much detail do they really think they can get, from any radiation or device?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:13 PM (39g3+)

134 Gaseous like me.

Posted by: Bill Nye at March 31, 2016 01:13 PM (FXW24)

135 131 Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 06:12 PM (NeFrd) at the rate we're going it'll take us 1.5 billion to get off the couch! //SJWs who f**k science you know sexually

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:13 PM (g8Hfr)

136 THAT'S where you came up with it. Probably. Lord knows I've got that in the truck, set to repeat, and cranked loud.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:14 PM (fiGNd)

137 My momma talkin' to me tryin' to tell me how to live But I don't listen to her 'cause my head is like a sieve My daddy, he disowned me 'cause I wear my sister's clothes He caught me in the bathroom with a pair of pantyhose... I only know three chords!!!!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:14 PM (39g3+)

138 >>Emily Ratajowski has a Great Ass! Best I can tell she has a pretty great everything.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 01:14 PM (/tuJf)

139 The researchers have realised that the day side of 55 Cancri e is a lot hotter than would be predicted from stellar heating alone -- there seems to be "extra heat" that, for now, will remain a puzzle until more advanced space telescopes can be launched. I'll fly down to your symposium in my bitchin' G-V jet to tell you all about it. As long as you have a hosted bar and supermodels on tap.

Posted by: Leo DiCaprio at March 31, 2016 01:15 PM (o98Jz)

140 I already hit it. This is your future.

Posted by: SMOD at March 31, 2016 01:15 PM (v6+HN)

141 "55 Cancri E, alien planet. Looks pretty warm. Could be hot as a $2 whore. How the hell do you pronounce its name!?"

Posted by: Mr. Thrump at March 31, 2016 01:16 PM (AGJqR)

142 should be named obama world.

Posted by: yankeefifth at March 31, 2016 01:16 PM (vb33c)

143 ir rhymes with "canker", like the sore.

Posted by: yankeefifth at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (vb33c)

144 I only know three chords!!!! Me too !!!

Posted by: Malcolm Young at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (fiGNd)

145 Related: the Global Warmists issued yet another frightening report today/yesterday saying by the year 2100, the seas will have risen drastically from the melted ice caps.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (IV1em)

146 Yeah yeah, but are there any bangable chicks on the planet?
Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk at March 31, 2016 05:56 PM


New meaning to the term "burning bush".

Posted by: RedMindBlueState[/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (bzd8I)

147 Mustafar?

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (s+xE2)

148 the bugaboo was always energy weaponry of some stripe(mostly nuclear weaponry)

Gene tampering for the goo.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (DL2i+)

149 Ridiculously hot on one side but unforgivingly ice cold and frozen on the hidden dark side? Someone found my ex girlfriend?

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 01:18 PM (XItbt)

150 Best I can tell she has a pretty great everything. Not a real great brain, so far. If we weren't blowing so much money on keeping nations that hurt us safe, propping up people who shouldn't be propped up, and stupid investgations like why lesbians are fat, maybe we could have built a skyscraper-sized telescope and space station to work on this stuff instead of the crap we have now. I forgot. NASA is about looking for global warming and outreach to Muslims, now.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:18 PM (39g3+)

151 Billion? With a "B"?
Whew. For a second there I thought you said "4 million years".

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 06:12 PM (NeFrd)

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Probably closer to 500 million years the surface will be uninhabitable. As the sun ages its corona is going to start to expand and the star will put out more energy, heating the atmosphere beyond what our current biosphere can handle.

By the billion part the earth may be completely engulfed by the suns corona.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:18 PM (9iR5/)

152 Irina Shayk is Coopers girlfriend

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:18 PM (zOTsN)

153 That would be a great place to have a steam driven society. No windmills needed,

Posted by: freaked at March 31, 2016 01:18 PM (BO/km)

154 145 Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 06:17 PM (IV1em) AND THE ONLY WAY TO STOP IT IS TO REVERT TO PRE-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY! //SJW F**king Science Sexually Posting from a Tim Cook I-Cod

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:19 PM (g8Hfr)

155 Yay! Astrogeology thread! The telescope they used to run this map is already operating outside design parameters, so there's a good chance they are wrong about their measurements. But yes, 55 Cancri is one interesting system. Definitely needs moar telescopin'.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2016 01:19 PM (6FqZa)

156 We've found a way to protect earth from being destroyed by asteroids. Scott Sterling!

Posted by: NASA at March 31, 2016 01:19 PM (VAsIq)

157 Wapo: "Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica" And because of Western capitalism and industry, of course. "Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe." My ass.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:20 PM (IV1em)

158 151 Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 06:18 PM (9iR5/) Yeah there's that...the "oh fuck" comes in stages...and get this is not in our power to thwart at all. You know Like Goreon Warmening only "real"

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:20 PM (g8Hfr)

159 Isn't chancre like an STD-caused sore?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:20 PM (39g3+)

160 Definitely needs moar telescopin'. Posted by: boulder terlit hobo Go 'way! 'Scopin'!

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (VAsIq)

161 I'm 28,596.66667 Cancri years old.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (NeFrd)

162 You can save a ton of money by venturing over to Venus and taking a close look at a similar hell of a planet!

Posted by: Tyler Mason at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (t/2s7)

163 I'll throw something out there ... ... I do think America in particular suffers from not having a frontier anymore. Somewhere where people, honestly like many of us, could get the hell away ... test ourselves ... and lose or make our fortunes. I suspect we're looking more like Europe because there's nowhere left for us to go that doesn't look like Europe. Space could fix that. But we're lifetimes away.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (fiGNd)

164 Scientists Say (My ass): OMG, it's even worse than we ever imagined! The imaginary catastrophe is going to be twice as bad as we thought!

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (IV1em)

165 That will be the Earf in 5 years!!11!!

Posted by: AlManBearPig at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (Dwehj)

166 I've got a Cancri sore.

Posted by: Turd Ferguson at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (VAsIq)

167 see update

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 01:21 PM (dciA+)

168 148 Posted by: DaveA at March 31, 2016 06:17 PM (DL2i+) That's a new one the last two decades since "the wrong side won the cold war".... I also like the "I love science sexually" types angst over the super-colliders.... we have some things we need to do to master fission to get to fusion.... the collider is part of that.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:22 PM (g8Hfr)

169 Space could fix that. But we're lifetimes away. Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 06:21 PM (fiGNd) --------- Alaska and Canada have plenty of space and it only takes a few hours or days to get there.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 01:22 PM (NUqwG)

170 Wasn't Riddick locked up there? Posted by: CSMBigBird at March 31, 2016 06:07 PM (xInes) Locked up? Like any triple-max could hold me. Then again, Butcher Bay is all right. The protein waffles ain't bad.

Posted by: Richard B. Riddick at March 31, 2016 01:23 PM (o98Jz)

171 >>Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe


This is the same publication that is continually claiming things like Obamacare being a colossal failure is "unexpected!" right?

Considering all the "predictions" related to AGW, all those wiggle world like 'if' and 'could' signal it's a SWAG.

Posted by: Matt Damon at March 31, 2016 01:23 PM (NOIQH)

172 see update Posted by: ace Don't be absurd!

Posted by: Skylab at March 31, 2016 01:23 PM (VAsIq)

173 55 Cancri E. Nice planet, a little hot. Would love to build one of my beautiful casinos there. Big advantage -- No Jeb Bush Farts!!!!

Posted by: Donald Trump at March 31, 2016 01:23 PM (dciA+)

174 More Science: Pentagon wonders if enemy nations will make autonomous killer robots. The US doesn't make such robots -- they kill only at the direction of a human being -- but other countries might not be so choosy about command and control of killer robots.


Can I come with you?

*holds teddy bear*

Posted by: David at March 31, 2016 01:23 PM (j8YpL)

175 167 see update Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 06:21 PM (dciA+) *** Fully-autonomous kill-bots - inevitable. The big question, the more important one, is whether sex-bot technology will be perfected in time .

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 01:24 PM (lutOX)

176 The killer robots will be programmed to eliminate all deniers.

Posted by: AlManBearPig at March 31, 2016 01:24 PM (Dwehj)

177 172 Posted by: Skylab at March 31, 2016 06:23 PM (VAsIq) I could see the Mirror Universe Evil Chinese crafting say 100,000 HK robots with a 5 year life span to "open a new frontier".... Hell I wish we were half as evil as accused and working on it for the Middle East.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:24 PM (g8Hfr)

178 Just be really glad we're not really really close to a magnatar. Or a pulsar. Eventually our sun will become a white dwarf star. It will continue to expand until the point where it blows its outer atmosphere into space and what's left of the core will collapse. It's density will be huge. On the plus side, we may wind up looking like the Cat's Eye Nebula. That would be pretty cool.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:25 PM (9iR5/)

179 167 see update Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 06:21 PM (dciA+) Saw the update. Deeply disappointed by no evidence of Emily Ratajowski's ass.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at March 31, 2016 01:25 PM (ef6pV)

180 I like how they measure Antarctica's loss of sea ice in March. Antarctica is in the southern hemisphere in case you were wondering. That's like measuring the loss of Colorado snow in September.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2016 01:25 PM (6FqZa)

181 138 >>Emily Ratajowski has a Great Ass!

Best I can tell she has a pretty great everything.


Meh, her face is average at best.  She's not a butterface, but if it weren't for the region below her neck, she'd be nothing special.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 01:25 PM (LAe3v)

182 Yeah the latest fear thing: a huge shelf of Antarctice Ice might collapse, increasing sea levels worldwide by 2 feet!!!1!11!!! Which is... ridiculous, I doubt if the entire antarctic went into the ocean it would go that far, but the entire statement is riddled with "could" "may" "if" statements like a an old Pascal program.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:26 PM (39g3+)

183 see update
Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 06:21 PM (dciA+)



I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...

Posted by: Roy Batty at March 31, 2016 01:26 PM (j8YpL)

184 These are the same people who had lots of predictions about the year 2020, no? Still waiting...

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 01:26 PM (IV1em)

185 More Science: Pentagon wonders if enemy nations will make autonomous killer robots. The US doesn't make such robots -- they kill only at the direction of a human being -- but other countries might not be so choosy about command and control of killer robots. **** Microsoft has the perfect teenage, Hilter-loving, Twitter sexbot AI for them.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 01:26 PM (XItbt)

186 Less ethical country's State Dept. Travel Alert- "WARNING: All autonomous killer bots. If you are not a 10 at home you are not a 10 in another country. If a hot sex bot offers to let you buy it a quart of motor oil, do not think it is because you are irresistible.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at March 31, 2016 01:27 PM (NeFrd)

187 These are the same people who had lots of predictions about the year 2020, no? Still waiting... Posted by: intellectual nudity *shifty eyes*

Posted by: Ancient Mayans and 2012 at March 31, 2016 01:27 PM (VAsIq)

188 Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 06 I pondered this the other day. Not even Alaska.

Posted by: Golfman at March 31, 2016 01:27 PM (48QDY)

189 Fully-autonomous kill-bots - inevitable.
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Also see - SkyNet, Terminator, Sarah Conner.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:27 PM (9iR5/)

190 Yeah yeah, but are there any bangable chicks on the planet? Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk at March 31, 2016 05:56 PM New meaning to the term "burning bush". Posted by: RedMindBlueState at March 31, 2016 06:17 PM (bzd8I) How YOU doin'?

Posted by: Lindsey Lohan at March 31, 2016 01:27 PM (o98Jz)

191 I for one welcome our new incestuous Nazi AI overlords.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:28 PM (39g3+)

192 Scientists Say (My ass): OMG, it's even worse than we ever imagined! They're not scientists. Scientists would make predictions for two years, or five years, or ten years, so that their theories could be tested. When your only prediction is a world-wide catastrophe a hundred years out, you're a religious prophet, not a scientist.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at March 31, 2016 01:28 PM (2lndx)

193 "WARNING: All autonomous killer bots. If you are not a 10 at home you are not a 10 in another country. If a hot sex bot offers to let you buy it a quart of motor oil, do not think it is because you are irresistible. Slick.

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at March 31, 2016 01:28 PM (hpmES)

194
... I do think America in particular suffers from not having a frontier anymore.


I actually think that's a very good point.  OTOH, I'd really hate to be flayed alive by the Iroquois.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 01:28 PM (LAe3v)

195 Alaska and Canada have plenty of space and it only takes a few hours or days to get there. There are many places in Newfoundland that I've considered. Once kids are out of the house - I'd really like to make a move somewhere. I admire sven's move. But The West wasn't just miles and miles of open desolation. It was towns without much more than a nod to the laws East of the Mississippi. From what I can discern, it was a functioning yet mostly different way of life.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:28 PM (fiGNd)

196 I'm uncertain about the Suicide Squad changes. If they have good writers, it could work, and God knows DC could use some cheering up in their movies. A raunchy, funny, violent Suicide Squad seems like a good direction to go over a gloomy, awful, angsty one.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:29 PM (39g3+)

197 More Science: Pentagon wonders if enemy nations will make autonomous killer robots.

Yes.  Next dumbass question?

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 01:29 PM (LAe3v)

198 If a boy named Sue was a planet he'd be Uranus.

Posted by: Johnny Cash at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (FXW24)

199 Just the thought of the killer right-wing robots makes me shelter in place.

Posted by: Emory University Snowflake at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (Dwehj)

200 >>> The big question, the more important one, is whether sex-bot technology will be perfected in time . **** First comes the sex-bot, then they evolve in to murder-bots. Just ask any one who's ever had an ex or seen Fatal Attraction.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (XItbt)

201 Rise of the machines

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (zOTsN)

202 Perfect place for a weenie roast/ ice cream social

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (fizMZ)

203 Meanwhile in a secret laboratory deep beneath Virginia scientists are furiously working on a modified Gay Bob doll.

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 01:30 PM (BO/km)

204 ... I do think America in particular suffers from not having a frontier anymore. Well... its out there, kinda, but its in places you really don't want to live. There are parts of the mountains and deserts nobody goes. Just last year, they discovered a valley in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon that had previously been totally unmapped and they aren't sure anyone has ever been in, its so rugged around there.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:31 PM (39g3+)

205 Foreign killer robots - like those PreProgrammed Syrian explosion enthusiasts.  Cause they don't decide on their own to just up and start killing Americans.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 01:31 PM (DL2i+)

206 The big question, the more important one, is whether sex-bot technology will be perfected in time .

In time?  Hell, I fully expect the Pepasm 2000 inside of 15 years.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 01:31 PM (LAe3v)

207 Okay, who was using the 100 watt light bulbs on this planet? Talk about global warming!

Posted by: Infidel de Manahatta at March 31, 2016 01:31 PM (nXq1+)

208 An idea that's been tossed around is that if we do run into an alien race, it would most likely be robotic AI

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:32 PM (9iR5/)

209 Are any of these scientists estimating the temperatures the same ones that provided false data that led to all the global warming hysterics? Just saying...

Posted by: dwinnorcal at March 31, 2016 01:32 PM (3OTR8)

210 I'm smart. Not dumb. Not like people say.

Posted by: Neil DeGrasse Tyson at March 31, 2016 01:32 PM (FXW24)

211 You could do an Emily/Irina side by side For science

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:32 PM (zOTsN)

212 Does the EPA know about this place? Does the state of California know?

Posted by: Eromero at March 31, 2016 01:32 PM (zLDYs)

213 Sex bots cost too much! The 1% is hogging all of the orgasms! We must stop this violation of sex bot rights!

Posted by: SJWs of the Future at March 31, 2016 01:33 PM (39g3+)

214 They are already developing robots to detect and destroy terrorist tunnels

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:34 PM (zOTsN)

215 I'm smart. Not dumb. Not like people say. Tell us more about bats, Planetarium Boy.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:34 PM (39g3+)

216 210 Posted by: Neil DeGrasse Tyson at March 31, 2016 06:32 PM (FXW24) I said precisely that in the theater watching Batfleck v Supes.... NDT makes a cameo opining on Superman's Impact on Theological Debate. Of course given here on "Earth-Prime" NDT said bats are blind it is a lot like a drunk Hobo opining on the Holy Trinity.... "interesting" but not "persuading"

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:34 PM (g8Hfr)

217 But The West wasn't just miles and miles of open desolation. Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 06:28 PM (fiGNd) ----------- From the 100th meridian to the west coast, it was pretty close to desolation. Much of the Plains were the Great American Desert. Outer Space is not likely to be anything other than desolation. There is still much of the Brazilian Amazonia to be slashed an burned if you prefer a warmer climate.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 01:34 PM (NUqwG)

218 So it a terrorist tunnel detecting robot finds and destroys a terror tunnel, that may have terrorists in it, then what are the ethics

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:35 PM (zOTsN)

219 First comes the sex-bot, then they evolve in to murder-bots. Just ask any one who's ever had an ex or seen Fatal Attraction. Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 06:30 PM (XItbt) *** True, in my experience. Which means there's hope. Speaking of which, I wonder whether celebrities should start copyrighting or what-have-you their physical images and likenesses. I can easily envision a market for celebrity sex-bots.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 01:35 PM (lutOX)

220 We cannot allow a bunny boiler bot gap!

Posted by: General Jack "D" Ripper at March 31, 2016 01:36 PM (39g3+)

221 217 Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 06:34 PM (NUqwG) I prefer the Space of Space Station 76 to 2001... you just need angsty milfs, bartending robots and 5 inch tall robo shrinks. https://youtu.be/NBeVM8ARNTI Space Station 76 review

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:36 PM (g8Hfr)

222 You could do an Emily/Irina side by side

Maybe if I had a million dollars, man.

Posted by: Lawrence at March 31, 2016 01:36 PM (y2JGC)

223 Buy me a Pennzoil?

Posted by: SexBot 3000 in the Droid Strip Club at March 31, 2016 01:37 PM (o98Jz)

224 Speaking of which, I wonder whether celebrities should start copyrighting or what-have-you their physical images and likenesses. I can easily envision a market for celebrity sex-bots. Which brings me right back to my regular complaint that Crichton's book "Looker" needs a remake, badly, right now.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:37 PM (39g3+)

225 218 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:35 PM (zOTsN) erections lasting longer than 4 hours? This argument is redundant anyway.... One can argue easily that the self-correcting MIRVs we designed and deployed meet the criteria needed for "HK Robots" we didn't slash our wrists or emo out. Someone has to tell the machine "go"

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:38 PM (g8Hfr)

226 What if you had a robot whose function was to go ahead of any convoys and detect and destroy any IEDs, and people are nearby, what is the ethics of that

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:38 PM (zOTsN)

227 From the 100th meridian to the west coast, it was pretty close to desolation. Much of the Plains were the Great American Desert. Semantics maybe ? I've traveled alot in the Southwest for work over the past couple years. It would have been rough, no doubt. Maybe my idea of desolate is just different. I can see how those places were definitely capable of sustaining human life and agriculture back in the day - just not on a dense scale. Honestly - that's part of their charm in my book.

Posted by: ScoggDog at March 31, 2016 01:39 PM (fiGNd)

228 Sigh. She doesn't write. She doesn't call. She doesn't respond to IM's. Sigh.

Posted by: Autonomous Killer Bot mooning over Czech stripper SexBot at March 31, 2016 01:39 PM (NeFrd)

229 Even drones have a real time operator and plenty of people watching and advising whether to take the shot or not But the terror tunnel robot, or the IRS sweep robot are autonomous in my not too crazy hypothetical

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:40 PM (zOTsN)

230 226 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:38 PM (zOTsN) erections lasting more than 4 hours? Christ I am ex-infantry give me "Pvt Robot" and I'll make him a door kicker... "what are the ethical implications of Pvt Robot killing 7 clients with no Blue casualties?" erections lasting more than 4 hours.... HK robots are no deadlier than the self-driving cars the SJWs wank off to.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:40 PM (g8Hfr)

231 Fuckin' droids SUCK as soldiers.

Posted by: Nute Gunray at March 31, 2016 01:41 PM (o98Jz)

232 >>Which brings me right back to my regular complaint that Crichton's book "Looker" needs a remake, badly, right now.


Would you settle for an HBO version of West World?

Posted by: Matt Damon at March 31, 2016 01:41 PM (NOIQH)

233 Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 06:35 PM (lutOX) --- Futurama already did that, of course. There was a story with infinite Lucy Liu-bots, a la The Sorcerer's Apprentice, when the replicator got out of hand (as they are wont to do).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Literate Savage at March 31, 2016 01:41 PM (jR7Wy)

234 175 The big question, the more important one, is whether sex-bot technology will be perfected in time . Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 06:24 PM (lutOX) My theory is that once an advanced society perfects the sexbot, they never invent anything ever again. Could explain why we haven't been contacted.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2016 01:42 PM (sdi6R)

235 There is still much of the Brazilian Amazonia to be slashed an burned if you prefer a warmer climate.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 06:34 PM (NUqwG)

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A couple of weeks back, one of the regulars posted something by some guy who has much knowledge of the the Amazon saying that screw the peoples saying that the jungle needed protection. Hell, the people needed protection from the jungle because it was trying to kill them.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:43 PM (9iR5/)

236 Even a smart bomb is initially directed to the target by a human Here the robot picks the target, or is wholly unconcerned with collateral death

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:43 PM (zOTsN)

237 I can easily envision a market for celebrity sex-bots. Would you settle for a tiny chrome-plated machine that looks like a magical pig with marital aids stuck all over it?

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 01:43 PM (BO/km)

238 In some ways, I hope the sex-bot revolution gets underway quickly, and that they're cheap, plentiful, and wholly satisfactory. Me? I'll be out there, scooping up the real ones while the degenerates hump their washing machine's great-great-granddaughters.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 01:44 PM (lutOX)

239 I would love a robot to be a door kicker. Truly. Not sure I am comfortable with them picking their own targets

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:45 PM (zOTsN)

240 That's a spicy meatball. 

Posted by: Andrew Gruber at March 31, 2016 01:46 PM (2O+Ya)

241 I bet the aliens who live there are split between global warming and global cooling.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2016 01:46 PM (fizMZ)

242 But to have a terror tunnel robot, or an IED detecting robot, or a door kicker robot would be enormously useful

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:46 PM (zOTsN)

243 236 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:43 PM (zOTsN) The robot is bound by your programming guy... I'm certain NDT, Gnome Chomsky, and Barky can make it just as nagsty and emo self-defeating on collateral as current JAGs have made our humans with clusterfuck ROE

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:46 PM (g8Hfr)

244 I can easily envision a market for celebrity sex-bots. If some unemployed punk in New Jersey can get a cassette to make love to Elle McPherson for $19.95, this sex-bot stuff is going to make crack look like Sanka.

Posted by: Pre-Bear Dennis Miller at March 31, 2016 01:46 PM (2lndx)

245 Here the robot picks the target, or is wholly unconcerned with collateral death

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:43 PM (zOTsN)

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A killer robot at our current state of technology wouldn't be able to differentiate between threat and not-threat. It would kill indiscriminately. If it moves, it will kill it.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 01:47 PM (9iR5/)

246 Here's job Americans won't do. Refurbing sexbots. You know, the ones that get returned. Who would want to open that thing up? Better to just burn it.

Posted by: freaked at March 31, 2016 01:48 PM (BO/km)

247 I don't want JAGs in the process. I want warriors in the target selection process, and not just programmers

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:48 PM (zOTsN)

248 Would you settle for a tiny chrome-plated machine that looks like a magical pig with marital aids stuck all over it? Well, you can just plook those to death

Posted by: Johnny at March 31, 2016 01:49 PM (39g3+)

249 We have a space telescope named after Client 19 or whatever his alias was ?

That's some moron-grade bullshit right there.
You don't know or care who Lyman Spitzer was.
Friend of mine knew him pretty well. My mother, actually.
You couldn't carry his jockstrap. Kiss my ass.

Posted by: [/i][/b]Stringer Davis at March 31, 2016 01:49 PM (xq1UY)

250 Appears hostile to LBGQT astronauts.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 01:49 PM (e3bId)

251 245 Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 06:47 PM (9iR5/) Eh.... "kinda" You could have blue forces bear an IFF RFID tag to "help it decide".... life ain't a sci-fi movie.... now it is true our opfors won't be so hung up on this ethical bullshit.... so we will need "Lancelot Krieg-Robot Smasher" war suits...

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:49 PM (g8Hfr)

252 All I know about this is that I would very much like to be in orbit around Emily Ratajowski's ass.
 
It would be a very tight, very classy orbit.

Posted by: GnuBreed [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2016 01:50 PM (gyKtp)

253 'Well, you can just plook those to death' I got better. Factory refurb.

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 01:51 PM (BO/km)

254 247 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:48 PM (zOTsN) They either would be or they wouldn't be. Look I am with you, I am a borderline luddite on robotics and think self-driving cars is a retarded idea they will try to make mandatory.... that said humans will be the NCOs and Officers and Pvt Robot will be the grunt in all likelihood. But b/c "fairness" b/c "social justice" everyone involved on our end will be Jagged off.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:52 PM (g8Hfr)

255 But civilians aren't going to have IFF RFID tags are they.

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:52 PM (zOTsN)

256 206 The big question, the more important one, is whether sex-bot technology will be perfected in time . Yes. Right before perfection of the nag-bot.

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at March 31, 2016 01:53 PM (ZWj/M)

257 No it's not PC to try and limit civilian death

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 01:54 PM (zOTsN)

258 Yes. Right before perfection of the nag-bot. I'm thinking you will be able to rent one. To try it out. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it don't.

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 01:54 PM (BO/km)

259 254 I am a borderline luddite on robotics and think self-driving cars is a retarded idea they will try to make mandatory.... Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 06:52 PM (g8Hfr) In general, the more retarded the idea, the harder the push to make it mandatory. Won't it be fun if your car gets hacked at 70 mph on the interstate?

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2016 01:54 PM (sdi6R)

260 I can't believe how quickly you people post your comments. It's like a Connecticut Easter egg hunt or something. Yeah, I'm pretty sure you people are commenting even before Ace puts up a post.

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at March 31, 2016 01:55 PM (ZWj/M)

261 Finally, Robotic beings rule the World The Humans are dead Let me check Affirmative, I poked one, it was dead. http://youtu.be/B1BdQcJ2ZYY

Posted by: The Humans Are Dead at March 31, 2016 01:55 PM (3fTXW)

262 I'm fine with self driving cars in town. I mean that commute to work and back 300 times a year, or to the store and back with the kids bouncing around and fighting would be a lot nicer with the car just driving its self. But only for commutes like that, not real drives.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 01:56 PM (39g3+)

263 There was a tv series "Humans" last year about personal robots that had them pretty-much ruining every home they entered, such as the wife is doing the male robot because he's more attentive than her busy husband, or vice versa (with a side order of the working mom hating the female bot displacing her at home w/the kids). It did not make it look like it would be a good thing, especially with the ability or the cheating spouse to just wipe (not with a cloth) the bot's memory after sex to cover tracks.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 01:56 PM (NOIQH)

264 The idea of the sex-bot as the 'last invention' is an intriguing one, and would make a nice plot-element for a humorous dystopian story.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 01:57 PM (lutOX)

265 255 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 06:52 PM (zOTsN) I'd say it is a good argument to chip the local indigenous non hostile personnel.... if you need a chipped person "retired" you "paint" the target with a UV or IR designator... there's workarounds... like I said... hot kick a door with no intel and a high order of probability of multiple clients on the other side... "erection last 4+ hours" that nobody is gonna be a set of empty boots.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:57 PM (g8Hfr)

266 55 Cancri-E: Feel the Bern!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at March 31, 2016 01:57 PM (p4UlV)

267 55-Cancri-E chicks all have a nice tan.

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2016 01:57 PM (HgMAr)

268 263 Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2016 06:56 PM (NOIQH) The female lead is hot as hell, and was in Burn Notice... I was interested in it so of course it died.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 01:58 PM (g8Hfr)

269 Maybe a moon crashed into it.

Posted by: SMOD come back at March 31, 2016 01:59 PM (3fTXW)

270 I'm thinking you will be able to rent one. To try it out. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it don't. Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 06:54 PM (BO/km) Won'the the sex bots, combined with artificial intelligence, just figure out that they are better at sex than humans are and limit their randiness to one another?

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at March 31, 2016 01:59 PM (ZWj/M)

271 It'll probably cool off by the time we get there.

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2016 01:59 PM (HgMAr)

272 hot kick a door with no intel and a high order of probability of multiple clients on the other side... "erection last 4+ hours" that nobody is gonna be a set of empty boots. Yeah that's a proper use of combat bots. Load them up with non lethal and anti-bot weapons, have them do incredibly dangerous work like that. Save lives of firefighters, police, etc.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 02:00 PM (39g3+)

273 262 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 06:56 PM (39g3+) The problem is you have a system designed with math certainty as cornerstone operating in a dynamic and chaotic reality.... I am destined to lose this argument b/c the government wants control, people are lazy bastards, and we're growing dumb over the decades. I guess I'm ok with that, I plan to be one of the pedestrians the damn things will kill.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 02:00 PM (g8Hfr)

274 Won'the the sex bots, combined with artificial intelligence, just figure out that they are better at sex than humans are and limit their randiness to one another? Posted by: ObjectionSustained at March 31, 2016 06:59 PM (ZWj/M) *** This assumes they would feel pleasure....there's no reason they should.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 02:00 PM (lutOX)

275 271 It'll probably cool off by the time we get there. Posted by: wth at March 31, 2016 06:59 PM (HgMAr) *** And that brings up an interesting problem. With current technologies - nuclear propulsion - the distances and times are quite doable, but would require a commitment from the crew, who would not return, that their descendants would carry on the mission. I'm not sure the generation-ships model is workable.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 02:03 PM (lutOX)

276 Robo cops all bad? Probably would be less collie shooting. Robots aren't afraid of collies.

Posted by: SMOD come back at March 31, 2016 02:03 PM (3fTXW)

277 So is this the planet where Kirk, Spock, Serak and Lincoln face off against Col. Green, Kayless the Unforgettable and Zorah? The one with the moten rock creature who looked like steaming dog turds with claws?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at March 31, 2016 02:05 PM (p4UlV)

278 This assumes they would feel pleasure....there's no reason they should. Pleasure? Have I been doing something wrong?

Posted by: ObjectionSustained at March 31, 2016 02:05 PM (ZWj/M)

279 276 Posted by: SMOD come back at March 31, 2016 07:03 PM (3fTXW) Eh we'd be the collies... which in some cities would be a net good.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 02:06 PM (g8Hfr)

280 ThunderB, if you saw American Sniper you saw the indecision that Kyle had targeting that young boy with the RPG. An autonomous kill-bot wouldn't have even hesitated. A kill-bot decides that something, anything is a possible threat, it will destroy it. Even a kid that might make a pop-tart into the shape of a gun.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 02:06 PM (9iR5/)

281 >>I am destined to lose this argument b/c the government wants control, people are lazy bastards, and we're growing dumb over the decades.


Yep. I just don't see how driverless cars can be safe (safe enough for a company to assume the liabilty) unless they're only on the road with other driverless cars. So.....I just don't see it happening unless city/state governments build separate roads, or Google works w/feds to outlaw human-driven cars. For safety, of course.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 02:07 PM (NOIQH)

282 55 Charlie-E don't surf!

Posted by: Lt. Col. Kilgore at March 31, 2016 02:08 PM (HgMAr)

283 And that brings up an interesting problem. With current technologies - nuclear propulsion - the distances and times are quite doable, but would require a commitment from the crew, who would not return, that their descendants would carry on the mission. I'm not sure the generation-ships model is workable. Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at March 31, 2016 07:03 PM (lutOX) Can you idiotproof the Generation Ship for an Occupy generation? Well... Considering America, I guess not.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 02:10 PM (uURQL)

284 Sending out generation ships is a dumb idea, if there's even a slight chance you can work out a faster way to go. If there's even the slimmest possibility of faster than light travel, its stupid to send out a ship full of people at sublight speeds. Because by the time they arrive... people will already have gotten there with next generation superlightspeed ships and be waiting for them.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 02:12 PM (39g3+)

285 Driverless cars. Keep in mind that most commercial GPS satellite coordinates are only accurate to about two hundred yards. Military are a bit more precise, under one hundred yards. That means that your car could park you precisely on the sixth level of a six story parking garage, right over the plaza where everyone is looking up to see what that noise was.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 02:14 PM (9iR5/)

286 ThunderB, if you saw American Sniper you saw the indecision that Kyle had targeting that young boy with the RPG. An autonomous kill-bot wouldn't have even hesitated. A kill-bot decides that something, anything is a possible threat, it will destroy it. Even a kid that might make a pop-tart into the shape of a gun. Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 07:06 PM (9iR5/) What a pity. Your Make America Great Again hat caused the kill-bot to misidentify you as a threat. Fortunately, the kill functionality worked flawlessly. Condolences for the mistake, a software fix will be scheduled.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 02:15 PM (uURQL)

287 Speed of light being the absolute limit. Ummm....maybe not. There have been some theories postulating that because space itself can exceed the speed of light, manipulating space may be the answer.

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 02:16 PM (9iR5/)

288 Fortunately, the kill functionality worked flawlessly. Condolences for the mistake, a software fix will be scheduled.

#twoweeks

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 02:17 PM (9iR5/)

289 284 not that this matters in government contracting, but I imagine the ROI for one of these 25,000 year missions is substantially negative.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 02:18 PM (e3bId)

290 'Because by the time they arrive... people will already have gotten there with next generation superlightspeed ships and be waiting for them.' Couldn't they just catch up with them and pick them up?

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 02:19 PM (BO/km)

291 >>That means that your car could park you precisely on the sixth level of a six story parking garage, right over the plaza where everyone is looking up to see what that noise was.


Heh. Does that mean you could also disable a any number of cars, en masse, if you interrupt the GPS?

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 02:20 PM (NOIQH)

292 Chip em. I guess that works until they switch sides, and if they go hostile kill bot takes care of em. I like the idea of them embedded with a unit

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 02:20 PM (iVnni)

293 'embedded with a unit' That's me!

Posted by: Cy.Borg.Robot.Drifter at March 31, 2016 02:22 PM (BO/km)

294 not that this matters in government contracting, but I imagine the ROI for one of these 25,000 year missions is substantially negative. Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 07:18 PM (e3bId) But what if we sent all the Leftists in it? For the sake of alleviating the burden on Mother Gaia ...

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 02:23 PM (uURQL)

295 We could save a lot of people with those kind of bots

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 02:25 PM (iVnni)

296 Heh. Does that mean you could also disable a any number of cars, en masse, if you interrupt the GPS?

Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2016 07:20 PM (NOIQH)

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Sure. Hack the satellite and mess with the internal clock. It could put you off course a couple of miles or more. The satellite clock has to adjust for its speed around the planet in orbit, if it's off by a second, you are off track by 100 miles. Change the clock, chaos!

Posted by: Old Blue at March 31, 2016 02:25 PM (9iR5/)

297 Couldn't they just catch up with them and pick them up? That would work too... but then, those people will have lived on a starship for how long, for no reason?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2016 02:26 PM (39g3+)

298 Looks Daedric.

Posted by: Empire1 at March 31, 2016 02:35 PM (MLsZN)

299 297 ROI negative 1 billion percent.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 02:42 PM (e3bId)

300 THIS IS SETI ALPHA V!!

Posted by: Kahn at March 31, 2016 02:46 PM (WVvzl)

301 So we can't see the surface of Pluto from Earth but we can see the surface (both sides) of a planet that is 40 light years away no prop? Call me skeptical.

Posted by: StrawMan at March 31, 2016 03:26 PM (lidp8)

302 Oh No! An autonomous killer robot gap!!11!!

Posted by: PJ at March 31, 2016 04:37 PM (hhLPb)

303 302 Oh No! An autonomous killer robot gap!!11!! ------------------------------------------------------------ Yes?

Posted by: Queen Hillary, Princess of All The Vodka at March 31, 2016 04:51 PM (/m8T6)

304 "The researchers have realised that the day side of 55 Cancri e is a lot hotter than would be predicted from stellar heating alone -- there seems to be "extra heat" that, for now, will remain a puzzle until more advanced space telescopes can be launched." Tidal forces, as on Io.

Posted by: Wise Old Owl at March 31, 2016 05:59 PM (J3UIw)

305 I am "fully functional".

Posted by: mister data at March 31, 2016 06:27 PM (ioqGj)

306 The one with the molten rock creature who looked like steaming dog turds with claws? PICS OR DID NOT HAPPEN

Posted by: the horta at March 31, 2016 06:28 PM (ioqGj)

307 Definately not Class M

Posted by: LTCHAM at April 01, 2016 07:25 AM (MzYgJ)

308 I am soooo into malnourished waifs with giant freakheads and titties bigger than the moon and faker than Hillary's laugh.

Posted by: Doppelganger Ace at April 01, 2016 09:46 AM (uzNN5)

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