News Briefs 18-12-2012

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A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourselves off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here's what you can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defence each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, for ever, in peace.

Bill Hicks

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With regards to the attempt to drill into an Artic Lake can anyone tell me what the out come at Lake Vostok was as it has been several years since we heard anything from there.

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My pleasure...

No life found in lakes beneath Antarctic glaciers -- yet
October 19, 2012

Earlier this year, a decades-long drilling program came to completion. Russian scientists had aimed to punch through nearly 2.4 miles of ice over Antarctica’s subglacial Lake Vostok, and in February the scientists announced that they had made it through to the water hidden below. Cut off from the rest of the world beneath the crushing ice, with no access to the atmosphere for the past 15 million years, Lake Vostok is a truly isolated system. Scientists are hoping to find life in the deep, in the form of extremophilic bacteria that can survive on what little nutrients and energy made it into the lake.

As reported by Nature, the first water sample collected by the scientists at Vostok has come up empty. This sample represents only the very uppermost surface layers of the lake, as it was collected from the water that pushed up through the drill hole and froze to the drillbit. The lack of microbes doesn’t necessarily mean that the lake is lifeless, however. Scientists expect to find bacteria in two places within subglacial lakes: at the top of the lake between the ice and the water, and in the sediment at the bottom of the lake. More detailed measurements carried out by the Vostok team next year could give a better sense of whether or not anything is alive down there. ...

Bacterial life abounds in antarctic lake, cut off from the world for 2,800 years
November 27, 2012

Just over a month ago, word came back from a Russian research team that they had failed so far to find life living within the cold Antarctic Lake Vostok, a massive body of water that had been buried beneath glacier ice, effectively cut off from the rest of the world, for the past 15 million years. The lack of life was a blow to those hoping to find that the hardiness of life extended to even the most extreme environments. But now, says Nature, reporting on a new study led by Alison Murray, scientists have found an abundance of life in the frigid Antarctic Lake Vida, a mostly-frozen salt water lake. Unlike Lake Vostok, which is buried beneath thousands of meters of thick glacier ice, Lake Vida is more like a regular lake, just permanently frozen. From drilling missions conducted in 2005 and 2010, the scientists pulled water samples teeming with bacterial life. ...

gap1's picture
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Thanks Kat.

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With only a couple of days left, whar scenario would you prefer to play out?

1. Robot uprising
2. Zombie apocalypse
3. Alien invasion
4. Demonic take-over
5. NWO starts

Personally I haven't decided yet. Zombies sounds most fun. But I don' know, I don't own a gun which means I have to resort to some sort of melee weapon, which is in turn a bit risky to say at least. So I'll probbly will become a brain eater before the week is over if that scenario plays out. I have to say that 5 almost seems trivial in comparison with the other. But perhaps also the biggest of survival since it doesn't necessary have to be supernatural but fellow humans although of the evil kind.

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Of the ones you've listed, I'm all for an alien invasion. At least we'd finally have proof that we're not alone in the universe, and that space travel is actually possible, at least for some intelligent species.

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Yeah, it would be nice to yell "See? I was right!" before being taken to the food processing chamber ;)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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