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The Water On Earth Predates the Formation of the Sun:

http://www.iflscience.com/space/solar-s … edates-sun

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European Spacecraft Lands on Comet in Historic Feat:

http://www.space.com/27740-rosetta-come … ccess.html

Rosetta/Philae were launched into space in 2004, traveled 4 billion miles, and have now reached their destination. smile

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Took 'em long enough to get there.  lol.
Totally forgot about that mission, thanks for the update Sir Creature.
We made a machine that could travel 4 BILLION miles, and still land on a rock traveling at 17MPS.

My monkeys can't do that.

Some days, us humans can just be awesome.  Except for Lon, he exudes the awesome. [he punches sharks in the face, for God's sake!]

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Yeah, really! The ESA should've just launched Lon up there to do the job. big_smile

He'd a' done it in only a 1/2 hour's time! tongue

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First Amphibious "Sea Monster" Found; Fills Evolutionary Gap: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news … e-fossils/

These dudes were pretty awesome some 200 million years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyosaur

Withdrew from the land and emerged in the sea...

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The Molecule That Might Give Us Super-Memories: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-mo … r-memories

Always with the most sensational headlines, but technically true enough. It's awesome just how great cognitive changes can be from the specific tampering of, or introduction of, one single neuro-molecule in the human brain. Whole perceptual realities could be (and are) changed by one tweak, removal, or introduction of a single molecule. There is a perspective there.

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NASA's Orion Flight Test & Journey to Mars:
http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-orion … HziSPldWSp

The flight test takes place this December 4th. I'm so glad to be witnessing initial progress on the missions in which Orion will be utilized. IMO, physical human exploration of Mars will be the introductory steps of making extra-planetary migration one day a possibility for our species.

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Quasars Show 'Spooky' Alignment Across Billions of Light Years:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/physi … ght-years/

A nice reminder of just how vast and complex our universe truly is.

Science media sure loves to use the word, "spooky", by the by. Ever since Einstein used it in reference to Quantum Entanglement Theory and the invention of the internet, "spooky" has been used as a buzz-word for scientific media ever since. Not saying it's a negative thing, just an observation... tongue

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Etchings on a 500,000 year-old shell appear to have been made by a human ancestor: http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/ … n-ancestor

The great expanse of time on this planet and all of the variation of miraculous, evolutionary processes to have unfolded boggles my mind with awe. The surreal aspects of reality are what turn me on. With every "cold, hard science fact" there is a perspective and philosophy which can be derived therefrom (if one just takes the time to look).

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So, following up on ol' Rosetta as it tags along with Comet 67P millions of miles away from Earth...

Rosetta Spacecraft's Comet Water Discover: What It Means for Earth

http://www.space.com/27991-rosetta-come … 3_37202967

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A New Physics Theory of Life: http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic … y-of-life/
energy dissipation-driven adaption! I found it a very interesting read.