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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2011
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    In case some of you missed it :

    Superflies bred to be the first astronauts on Titan

    Artist Andy Gracie is attempting to breed a strain of fruit fly that could survive on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The first stage of his work, The Quest for Drosophila Titanus, is part of an exhibition currently touring the UK.


    No yeah, not exactly a science project, but still...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2011
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2011
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    @Wood -

    That sounds like a really bad idea to me. Introducing new organisms into a potential existing alien ecosystem? Yikes. I'm all for terraforming and such, but introducing lifeforms like flies to a place that may potentially already have some sort of existing life just seems a bit ethically dubious and way too much like one of those 'unfortunate incidents' referred at the start of a sci-fi novel.

    When the first flies were introduced, the venture seemed to be a startling success...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2011
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    @ johnjones - Awesome, thanks for that. :D
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2011 edited
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    @johnjones

    I remember hearing about that a while back. That's really cool--I'm sure it's public domain by now, I hope it's online somewhere...

    EDIT: I just looked around, and I actually found the first fourteen parts available on YouTube. Here's the first part:

    Clan of the Fiery Cross, Part I
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    Meanwhile in Egypt :/

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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2011 edited
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2011
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    Good Riddance, Dear Leader.
    North Korea has announced that the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong Il died on a train trip on Saturday. State TV reports Kim died of physical and mental over-work on his way to give “field guidance.”
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2011
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    aren't those that are vying for power even crazier?
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2011 edited
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    I'm delighted he did not outlive Hitchens by more than a couple of days. Motherfucking dictators never die on time.

    Hitchens, Havel and Il.

    One of these things is not like the fucking others!
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011 edited
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    Cesaria Evora also died this weekend. She was one of the world's greatest vocalists, Cape Verde's barefoot diva :

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    Not shown: the gunmen threatening to kill them if they don't grieve to the point of complete despair.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011
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    @keyofsilence - I belive that they don't need threats to behave like that. Their seclusion is so severe they don't know any other reality besides the one where their dear leader that shoots miracles out of his ass every second just died.
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    This is amazing.

    A friend of mine works for BBC Radio Cornwall. About an hour ago, they got this call. ^^ Just listen to it.

    ETA:
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    @magnusisasillyname - yeah, well, I read that this morning and had to spread the horror amongst my workmates, there's just some things you can't unthink... there was a bit where they said 'we were worried about kiss and tell stories' - not sure about whether anyone would have come out and said 'I'm banging wee Jimmy Krankie'...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2011 edited
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    Jon Bon Jovi dead at 49

    Never mind, he's apparently still living on a prayer.
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    @Ren - Got any confirmation for that dude? I can't see anything else about it...

    Bon Jovi apparently not dead...