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Old 14th April 2015, 12:37 PM   #237390  /  #51
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Wouldn't they be scroto because they're male? Feminine words are ended in "a".
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"Scrotum" is neuter in Latin. The ending, "um", is a bit of a hint. The plural of words ending in "um" is "a". Words denoting females in the singular end in "a". The plural form of those words is "ae". So, don't panic.
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Old 14th April 2015, 02:16 PM   #237393  /  #52
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Old 21st April 2015, 09:43 AM   #238898  /  #53
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Have you hugged your microbiota today? Or, nearly extinct species we might have really fucked up killing off, Or, Fecal Transplants Anyone?:

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2...mazonian-tribe
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Old 5th July 2015, 03:16 AM   #264824  /  #54
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Can't top Ed Yong's recommendation for this article:

https://twitter.com/edyong209/status/616746891632619520
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.@Erika_Check's piece on Ebola survivors is a masterpiece. It's hold-your-breath gripping & so beautifully reported. http://www.wired.com/2015/06/ebola-treatment/
http://www.wired.com/2015/06/ebola-treatment/
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Moigboi’s death hit Moses especially hard. He was such a sweet, selfless kid. He was one of the first nurses to become infected, because he was one of the most dedicated, dutifully caring for patients when everyone else was scared away by the impossibility of the task. “You think that the really good people are going to pull through—that there’s got to be some justice,” Moses says.
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Moses had been walking down to the hotel lobby, which had Wi-Fi, to check her email. Six o’clock came and went, and she still didn’t know whether the samples were on the plane. Moses tried to stay calm. Her samples had to be loaded in less than an hour or they’d miss the flight. This was where things had gone wrong the last time. Researchers halfway around the world were watching their phones for word that they’d have material to work with. The sooner they could start, the sooner they could save lives. An undotted i or uncrossed t could sink the project. Again.
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Old 5th July 2015, 03:26 AM   #264827  /  #55
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I'm going to add this to sfs' ebola thread.

ETA: done.
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Old 5th July 2015, 03:31 AM   #264828  /  #56
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Old 5th July 2015, 07:18 AM   #264934  /  #57
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Old 5th July 2015, 10:19 AM   #264953  /  #58
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Old 6th July 2015, 01:21 PM   #265263  /  #59
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Old 6th July 2015, 03:23 PM   #265308  /  #60
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The Guardian article has this

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These are not easily explained in terms of prebiotic chemistry. The dark material is being constantly replenished as it is boiled off by heat from the sun. Something must be doing that at a fairly prolific rate.
to say. Not sure why this can't be explained by there being more aromatic hydrocarbons somewhere along its orbital trajectory than was supposed and that it simply accretes more at aphelion to replace that ablated off at perihelion.
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Old 6th July 2015, 03:44 PM   #265315  /  #61
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Prof Wickramasinghe’s views are regarded as several steps outside the scientific mainstream. He has previously suggested that the SARS virus arrived to Earth from space and that airborne spores that caused rainfall in Kerala to turn a reddish hue had an extraterrestrial origin.
Yes well right then.
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Old 6th July 2015, 03:57 PM   #265319  /  #62
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Lol. Seems he was pushing for inclusion of some form of life detecting experiment on the lander but got laughed out of court. Guess he's now determined to prove 'em all wrong.
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:17 PM   #265335  /  #63
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In fairness, Hoyle and Wickramasinghe were on the same page here, and nobody really calls Hoyle a loon. He is attached to his hypothesis, for sure, perhaps more vocal about it than Hoyle was, but that's not really unusual in science. Time will tell.

I actually read the paper claiming SARS had features about how it arose which suggest the possibility of extra-terrestrial causes. I'm not qualified to judge the argument, but I never got the crank vibe from it and I do consider myself capable of recognising at least a whiff that.
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:29 PM   #265338  /  #64
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Mm, okay.

The red rains in India however, turned out to be:

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The colour was found to be due to the presence of a large amount of spores of a lichen-forming alga belonging to the genus Trentepohlia. Field verification showed that the region had plenty of such lichens. Samples of lichen taken from Changanacherry area, when cultured in an algal growth medium, also showed the presence of the same species of algae. Both samples (from rainwater and from trees) produced the same kind of algae, indicating that the spores seen in the rainwater most probably came from local sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_rain_in_Kerala

Botanists. No one ever calls the botanists in first, like they should.
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:32 PM   #265339  /  #65
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Always loved the title astro/exo-biologist. <crickets>
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:34 PM   #265341  /  #66
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If you're looking for a career that needn't take up a lot of your time, exo-biologist would up to now be a pretty good choice.
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:42 PM   #265344  /  #67
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Death by firework:
http://news.yahoo.com/police-man-sho...135937499.html

here or science thread. really torn.
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Old 6th July 2015, 05:54 PM   #265346  /  #68
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Seems like such an overt Darwin award grab that it should really be disqualified.
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Old 6th July 2015, 06:06 PM   #265350  /  #69
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Mm, okay.

The red rains in India however, turned out to be:

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The colour was found to be due to the presence of a large amount of spores of a lichen-forming alga belonging to the genus Trentepohlia. Field verification showed that the region had plenty of such lichens. Samples of lichen taken from Changanacherry area, when cultured in an algal growth medium, also showed the presence of the same species of algae. Both samples (from rainwater and from trees) produced the same kind of algae, indicating that the spores seen in the rainwater most probably came from local sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_rain_in_Kerala

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I've never heard of that. It's not what I was referring to anyway, which I'm pretty sure was just blah blah epidemiological patterns or something.

I've got no torch for the guy, I just don't see any difference between him and Hoyle who gets none of this stick but was just as ready to nail his name to any one of these hypotheses the moment it could be made to stick. I'm saying I wouldn't be surprised if the name and the colour of his face is what's making up the difference here, where one is cast as an outright crank and the other is not.
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Old 6th July 2015, 06:14 PM   #265358  /  #70
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Or maybe just that Hoyle is dead. He caught plenty flak while extant iirc.

Eta: find it hard to credit that racism would rear its head in this arena where the awesome and universally respected Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar once strode.

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Old 6th July 2015, 06:24 PM   #265363  /  #71
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Fair enough.

Yet the question remains, how do we explain where the Lizard people came from?
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Old 6th July 2015, 06:49 PM   #265370  /  #72
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Lol. According to Icke they came from the constellation Draco but seeing as that isn't a place it's hard to know - gib needs to weigh in here really.
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Old 6th July 2015, 08:44 PM   #265406  /  #73
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Ah the old what do Martians call Mars? dilemma, a veritable bog on the epistemological battleground. Stay away.
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Old 6th July 2015, 08:53 PM   #265412  /  #74
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Hoyle is roundly mocked for his part in this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx#Controversy

I think most of us don't necessarily toss babies out with bathwater - it's cases of scientists making hard statements on things outside their fields of knowledge which gets them in trouble.
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Old 7th July 2015, 12:44 AM   #265437  /  #75
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Someone has to come up with stuff to keep the Dave Hawkins of this world in material.

I do have a little secret love for science cranks, not least because I have twenty odd cranky theories of my own for stuff like how the big bang happened, inflation and expansion. It almost amounts to admiration in a way. The one I best remember online was farsight, the words he used to describe the nice pictures he was imagineering to himself came with such assertiveness tinged with appeal, that 'how can you not see how obvious this is?' pleading on the verge of anger.

There was a guy who signed on to my physics course at the same time as me, shat up the online forum with a debate about new atheist god stuff, lasted to the first assignment. Guy could talk about everything, but he hadn't got a clue when it came to the absolute basics of diddling with equations. Nice thing was the guy he was debating and kind of bullying, a really nice humble guy who happened to have some pretty weird ideas about god stuff and aliens and whatnot, stuck it out even though he really struggled and had to re-take a paper in the second year. He became a decent mate for a while.
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