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Comment From the ESA website:.. (Score 3, Informative) 81

For 24 months, GOCE will collect three-dimensional gravity data all over the globe. The raw data will be processed on the ground to produce the most accurate map of the Earth's gravitational field to date and to refine the geoid: the actual reference shape of our planet. Precise knowledge of the geoid, which can be considered as the surface of an ideal global ocean at rest, will play a very important role in further study of our planet and, with any luck, by detecting subtle changes in gravitational potential, it will be able to provide mankind with its first indirect measurement of your girlfriend's mass.

Comment Orbiting Black Hole (Score 1) 774

I thought it was because as they reach our level of civilisation, they built giant particle accelerators for research and turned their planets into black holes.

I think it would be hilarious if an alien civilization flew into our solar system only to find a black hole -- complete with moon -- orbiting the sun between Venus and Mars! No doubt they'll know exactly what happened...


World's Oldest Marijuana Stash Found 108

jage2 writes "Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly 'cultivated for psychoactive purposes,' rather than as fibre for clothing, or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China."

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling