The Seeker

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It makes me proud to be an American, when I think about how we fought off the British and attained our cherished independence. Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets' red glare, it had nothing but victory.
 

Doctor Omega

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'Indestructible' eight-legged tardigrade will easily outlive humans
The researchers say the discovery makes a strong case for the exploration of life on Mars and other areas of space.


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Scientists believe a tiny eight-legged creature will be the last surviving life form on Earth and could survive catastrophes including a massive asteroid impact.

The tardigrade can live up to 30 years without food or water, can endure temperatures from close to absolute zero to 150C, and even survive in space.

The bug-like organism, also known as a water bear, only measures around half a millimetre.

They have been found in all kinds of habitats from the Himalayas to the bottom of the sea, but most species live in a watery environment and can often be found living on lichens and mosses.

Research suggests tardigrades will outlive humans and are likely to be around for quite a while - another 10 billion years, or until the death of the sun.

They would likely survive all astrophysical calamities, including asteroids, exploding stars in the form of supernovae or gamma ray bursts, according to research from Oxford and Harvard universities.

The ability of tardigrades to survive should spur on the search for life on Mars, said the co-author of a report into the creatures.

"Tardigrades are as close to indestructible as it gets on Earth, but it is possible that there are other resilient species examples elsewhere in the universe," said Dr Rafael Alves Batista from Oxford University.

"In this context there is a real case for looking for life on Mars and in other areas of the solar system in general."

The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.






We've only gone and dumped some on the moon now!




Tardigrades: 'Water bears' stuck on the moon after crash


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49265125


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Admittedly "MOON OF THE TARDIGRADES" doesn't have quite the same ring as "PLANET OF THE APES", but still.......


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ant-mac

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We've only gone and dumped some on the moon now!




Tardigrades: 'Water bears' stuck on the moon after crash


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49265125


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Admittedly "MOON OF THE TARDIGRADES" doesn't have quite the same ring as "PLANET OF THE APES", but still.......
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I for one welcome our new Lunar Tardigrade overlords and swear my unconditional and undying loyalty to them.

Henceforth, I will dedicate my life to serving them and conquering and crushing all resistance to them and their rule by Human scum everywhere!
 

Doctor Omega

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I for one welcome our new Lunar Tardigrade overlords and swear my unconditional and undying loyalty to them.

Henceforth, I will dedicate my life to serving them and conquering and crushing all resistance to them and their rule by Human scum everywhere!

Yep, if this is, indeed, a new religion - count me in!

Until the moon hatches anyway. Coz that's what I learned on some sci fi programme that educates as well as entertains.
 

ant-mac

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Yes, I quite like this concept of a religion.

Our Gods are practically immortal.



Yep, if this is, indeed, a new religion - count me in!

Until the moon hatches anyway. Coz that's what I learned on some sci fi programme that educates as well as entertains.
It may still educate, but not in the way it was originally meant to...

Now, I believe it best serves as a warning to other sci fi franchises.

And I suppose it's entertaining... in the same way as a train wreck is.
 

ant-mac

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Yep, if this is, indeed, a new religion - count me in!

Until the moon hatches anyway. Coz that's what I learned on some sci fi programme that educates as well as entertains.
I just had a horrible idea... :emoji_cold_sweat:

If the Tardigrades are our new gods, does that make Michael Burnham the new Jesus...? :emoji_confused:

If so...

CRUCIFY THE BITCH!!! :emoji_wink:
 

chainsaw_metal1

Member: Rank 8
Nice to be back. Like I mentioned a while back, my PC decided to go to hell again, so now we're all using my wife's laptop. Which I hate, because it takes me about ten times as long to type anything on this flipping keyboard. But I can stop in again and see how the rest of the inmates are doing.
 

ant-mac

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Nice to be back. Like I mentioned a while back, my PC decided to go to hell again, so now we're all using my wife's laptop. Which I hate, because it takes me about ten times as long to type anything on this flipping keyboard. But I can stop in again and see how the rest of the inmates are doing.
Welcome back, mate.

And just to keep you updated, the mass outbreak has now been rescheduled to the first of next month, at 1500 hours, Eastern Standard Time.

So remember to set your alarm. :emoji_wink:
 
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