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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
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    Is fossilization a quick process or does it occur over many years?
    It occurs over many years. Generally thousands to millions of years. But the initial preservation has to be fairly rapid to prevent decay.
    Thanks. I thought that fossilization happened over a long period of time. It also makes sense that the specimen must first naturally begin to preserve so that it remains intact and does not decay first.
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    My heart breaks for those suffering in the Bahamas right now. I can't believe the devastation...on the weather news they were showing footage of the airport and it looks like the middle of the ocean. Like the airport is gone. Neighborhoods are gone. Just horrifying to see...I live in the southeast, but the hurricane seems to be shifting away from my area. I don't understand why this storm just keeps going and isn't slowing down.
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    Global Climate Change is changing the face of a storm.....we will be getting SUPER STORMS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    Global Climate Change is changing the face of a storm.....we will be getting SUPER STORMS!

    IMHO
    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
    Personally I doubt that will ever happen. There will always be those that stick their heads in the sand and ignore what's right in front of them. They will deny it right up to their dying breath. Then there are those that see it but ignore it because they just think this is a sign the rapture is coming and God is gonna appear and save the righteous soon.

    We're fucked
    "For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled." Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falconer360 View Post
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    Completely agree. I wonder when the world will wake up to this reality, collectively. Not enough people seem to believe it, let alone care about it. :/
    Personally I doubt that will ever happen. There will always be those that stick their heads in the sand and ignore what's right in front of them. They will deny it right up to their dying breath. Then there are those that see it but ignore it because they just think this is a sign the rapture is coming and God is gonna appear and save the righteous soon.

    We're fucked
    Yea, apathy is just as bad as doing all the wrong things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Yea, apathy is just as bad as doing all the wrong things.
    I think those ones are almost worse than the outright deniers. The deniers refuse to see the problem and invent new explanations. But the worst are the apathetic ones that see the problems and continue to do nothing either because of religious beliefs that encourage them to look forward to the end of the world or because they think trying to mitigate the problems are futile. Like I think we're fucked, but I'm still trying to do what is within my ability to help.
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    We are sleepwalking into disaster.
    The next generation will blame our generation as the most indulgent in history.
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    Just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-7491-2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-7491-2012
    Congrats dude! That's a thousand citations more than a certain member here will ever get if they even get published lol.

    I'd be thrilled with just a dozen citations if I published research, so a thousand just seems massive!
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    "It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down"
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    Cheers, it's taken a while to get there though! My first paper was published 20 years ago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phdemon View Post
    just had an email alert. My research now has 1000 citations!
    http://www.researcherid.com/rid/g-7491-2012
    happy dancing for the demon!
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    I'm sitting on the bus going home after a night in the pub. Can't help overhearing the conversations of other passengers. Why are people so fucking dumb... This may make me sound elitist but most people are ignorant assholes !

    Edit: to clarify within 20 minutes I was exposed to racism, sexism Islamaphobia, homophobia and xenophobia... and we wonder who voted for Brexit!
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    this move is going to take 9 months......and leaving this place ....where we raised the kids is really hard....so many relationships with shop owners and well everything....people who know me and my work.....people who know US and our integrity.........I keep getting emotional, sometimes at the oddest moments.......
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    and anyone heard from MacGuyver

    I would really appreciate an update.
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    How many people does it take to kill one person? Don’t know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. I’m thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gun’s production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    How many people does it take to kill one person? Don’t know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. I’m thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gun’s production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
    If it takes millions to make one pencil, then it will take many more to make a gun.
    https://outrunchange.com/2012/08/27/...ke-one-pencil/
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    .There is a fact still more astounding: the absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work. This is the mystery .....
    Metaphor?

    Who would be the first involved with making a gun? The ancestor who found a chunk of iron? I’m ruling out Satan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Who would be the first involved with making a gun? The ancestor who found a chunk of iron? I’m ruling out Satan.
    Whenever I tune in to Ancient Aliens I'm informed it was them (the aliens) who started or accelerated intelligent life on this planet. Our technology owes everything to alien visitations.

    Q: What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    A: The egg.
    Q: Then what laid the egg?
    A: A turkey?
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    Very interesting take Ox!!
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    The second known object to enter our solar system was revealed a few days ago (hyperbolic orbit). Such an object could have brought life.

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/s...-just-spotted/

    Then go further back to what came first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    Then go further back to what came first.
    I'll have to fill you in on my "Exploding God Hypothesis" someday and how it relates to the beginnings of life. However I can't produce any evidence or citation and that wouldn't go over too good today. Hell, it may even cover some of String Theory. But it is religious in nature for some folks, so maybe it would get past the censors . I came up with it many years before joining here and I do remember posting it here once. In all honesty, it was just on a passing whim. OK, it never was meant to be serious at any time. Don't know if you recall the member Ophelia, seemed like a sharp guy, and he once posted that it was as good as any other creation story out there, despite obvious satirical content.

    Sometimes seems like one can get away with almost anything regarding life origins because we really haven't nailed it down, allows the mystery to continue. I'm more than willing to have the professionals figure it out.
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    It's being worked on! My organic chemistry tutor at Oxford John Sutherland is doing some good work on the question of the origins of life.

    https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/john-...ife-challenge/

    Yep, I was taught by the the best and failed to live up to it! My research career was fairly prosaic
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    My research career was fairly prosaic
    Could be the chemicals.

    I like to imagine somewhere out there's a planet where life is taking a toehold as I type. With all these planet busting asteroids zooming by, also hard to imagine a life killer as a life giver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    How many people does it take to kill one person? Donít know why I would think of this but sometimes these things just pop into my head. Iím thinking it takes more than just someone pulling the trigger, if I use killing by gun as an example. If you took every aspect of the gunís production to the final moment(death of victim), I wonder how many people are involved directly or indirectly? Have a feeling this number could be quite large.
    In the case of our niece, it took one.
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    September is my favorite month. At the end of the month I will be turning 30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    It's being worked on! My organic chemistry tutor at Oxford John Sutherland is doing some good work on the question of the origins of life.

    https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/john-...ife-challenge/

    Yep, I was taught by the the best and failed to live up to it! My research career was fairly prosaic
    How the Universe began and how life began on Earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
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    mmatt you are a baby!!!! Happy Birthday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmatt9876 View Post
    How the Universe began and how life began on Earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
    All that bullshit in religion about how gods created the universe and life, or scientology, or scientific big bang cosmology and evolution will be laughed at in the future.

    The real answer is that DNA and the universe has been synthesised by an advanced being called the Metatron who is using us in a cosmic game of chess.
    ...well, if you can up with something better, let's hear it.
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    Is the container part of the solution?

    https://www.insidescience.org/news/o...U9ZNJD,PH111,1

    Well actually there's this ribbon of an unknown field that traverses space, always imparting the life property to anything that passes through it. Couldn't tell you where it is now.
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    What came before the membranes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    mmatt you are a baby!!!! Happy Birthday!
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
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    how the universe began and how life began on earth are two big questions we have yet to fully answer.
    all that bullshit in religion about how gods created the universe and life, or scientology, or scientific big bang cosmology and evolution will be laughed at in the future.

    The real answer is that dna and the universe has been synthesised by an advanced being called the metatron who is using us in a cosmic game of chess.
    ...well, if you can up with something better, let's hear it.
    lol
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    Just how many cells are in the human body?
    First I read 37 trillion, then between 50-70 trillion, now 100 trillion.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-...ells-body.html

    Do I see a sequence here?
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    Here’s a random thought question for ya.... there’s a lot of water in the world and life’s been around for over 3 billion years, so how many water molecules (or % of) have spent time in a living organism? I wouldn’t even know how to start figuring that one out. An educated guess maybe?
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    Thought I gave an answer to this.
    It's 100%
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    Thought I gave an answer to this.
    It's 100%
    You did but it along with a whole bunch of others were mysteriously deleted.

    I figured it might be close to 100%. No way of knowing I think.

    Makes me wonder if there has to be some sort of balance perhaps between volume of water present and an amount of life a planet can hold. Only so many bags of water. I mean you can't have all the water in the world contained in living organisms at the same time, can you? I'd have to kill someone or something just to get a drink. Probably pretty arid conditions at that time too. OK, nobody goes for a pee.
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    Hopefully this doesn't mean the forum is getting ready to take a nosedive again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Makes me wonder if there has to be some sort of balance perhaps between volume of water present and an amount of life a planet can hold.
    On the island of Great Britain nobody is much more than 60 miles from the sea.
    Yet some people have hardly or never seen it, and even if they live on the coast they care not to notice it.
    Earth's surface is what, 70% water? The oceans rule, but we largely ignore them.
    Keeping them at bay holds the key to our future.
    As I said on one of the deleted posts, if the sea walls collapse the population has little choice but to move to higher ground. The West Midlands plateau at about 500 feet above sea level will become a popular destination, but it can probably can only hold about 5 million.
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    Was over at friend’s house yesterday. He’d asked me to pick something up for them at a store along the way. So when I got to their house I took it out of the bag it was in and then asked where their recycling bin was, so I could toss in the plastic. On the other side of the attached garage door I found the bin and dropped it in.

    My friend’s wife is vegan, he’s not, and in order to fulfill his meat urges he dines out occasionally. So would it have been improper for me to ask why there were a couple of empty tin cans of dog food in the recycling? Unless my buddy is on a canine diet it’s quite obvious that meat product is being served to their pooch. If I had mentioned it while his wife was present, would it be the same as calling her a hypocrite? I didn’t say anything but made me think about whether a hypocrisy actually exists here. After all dogs do eat meat.

    Looked into it and apparently dogs can be fed a plant diet whereas cats can’t. Now I also read that if the dog food contains fish product then it’s not meat. Bacon & eggs for me this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Here’s a random thought question for ya.... there’s a lot of water in the world and life’s been around for over 3 billion years, so how many water molecules (or % of) have spent time in a living organism? I wouldn’t even know how to start figuring that one out. An educated guess maybe?
    Maybe you could start out with calculating the water needs of all life on Earth throughout history and see how that compares to Earth's current supply of water. If it exceeds or comes close maybe 100%?
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