The Alien Invasion Has Started

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Mr. Anderson, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    That's totally horrifying.

    "Survives" heated to 600F?

    Why do I have images of The Andromeda Strain, and some other short story* I read a million years ago that I can't remember the name of crashing in my brain?

    * Seriously it was probably 25+ years ago that I read it. The story (as I barely remember it) was about a chemical found or returned from a space mission that caused water to change properties in a way that was very dangerous to humans (I think it killed all the astronauts?), maybe made it unabsorable by our bodies, and it was accidently washed into a drain. A short time later a company was selling "ice cubes that sank" in drinks (a sign that the chemical was in the water supply). Something like that. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
     
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    Really! :eek:

    BTW, I like your alien dancer.
     
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    Very Cool to think that this might be our first encounter with aliens.

    I sort of hope that this pans out to be true just so I can say that I was alive when we first made contact.
     
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    Its like a bad sci-fi movie, the first confirmed aliens arrived in "blood rain".

    " So far, one preliminary DNA test has come back positive." Does that mean that DNA was found? Why are people talking about no DNA?
     
  7. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Very, very interesting! :eek:

    DNA or not, I'd still like to know how these things rained from the sky.
     
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    I think it's just poorly worded and explained. It looks like the test is to confirm the absence of DNA. So I assume a positive test means an absence of DNA.
     
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    Flushed from an flying saucer's head*.




    *nautical bathroom
     
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    Didn't read the book but saw the movie. Think red lights and squeeze, thats AS.
     
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    At least the uproar will be a lot milder this way... imagine everyone going nuts when aliens would land in spacecrafts and walk amongst us. I guess I prefer the first one, although the shock of the second one could certainly be beneficial to solving our social and ethnical problems.

    But it's probably nothing at all.
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Ah no.. what I as describing wasn't AS, it was some short story I had.
     
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    Could have been a failed experiment by some airline. You know passengers tossing their GM diner. :eek:
     
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    Oh, now I see the 'and' in your original post. :eek: If you remember the name let us know as it sounds good.
     
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    I hate to disappoint, but I have read the article and its crap. This is a physcist trying to be a biologist and failing. I can't believe this got published. The article is mostly just him speculating and involved no valid scientific analysis.

    Send me some cells and I'll have an ID for you in a week or two.
     
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    That is pretty scary when you think about it. That is one tough alien.
     
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    "Ice-Nine" by Kurt Vonnegut?
     
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    Raining on his parade? Better send off a sample for analysis. :D
     
  19. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Didn't he specifically say he didn't know yet? And what is not scientific about testing for DNA? Not quite sure I get your point.
     
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    Now the scary part is that it not only survives that temperature but reproduces at that temperature.
     
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    Hmm doesn't really look like it. At least not how I remember it. Which granted.. could be all freaking wrong. :)
     
  22. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That was my immediate thought as well, but doesn't seem to be what yellow meant. (Unless, as he says, he got it all wrong. :D )
     
  23. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    Actually the article doesn't mention anything about surviving at high temperatures or reproducing.

    The test for DNA wasn't done properly.

    They didn't have a single biologist look at this. These are two physicists with no training in biology. You would get no better analysis by giving it to a person you ran into on the street. From the comments they make in the article it sounds like they have a very poor understanding of basic biology.
     
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    Is that considered hot sex? ;)

    On a serious note, completely agree. This definitely limits ways to destroy it, if the need arises.
     
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    FWIW:

    I take that to mean that (assuming it's real), it divides and recreates itself in very, very, very, hot temps. Meaning it's still "alive", where many (most?) other forms of life, as we know it, would be dead.

    See? That's the first thing I thought.. have I watched too many sci-fi movies?
    Am I to into reading Judas Unchained (followup to Pandora's Star) [good reads if you like sci-fi]??

    First thought.. how do I kill it?
     

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