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Submission + - Saturn's Moons and Rings May Be Younger Than The Dinosaurs (

An anonymous reader writes: Some of Saturn's icy moons may have been formed after many dinosaurs roamed the Earth. New computer modeling of the Saturnian system suggests the rings and moons may be no more than 100 million years old. A new computer model suggests that the Saturnian moons Tethys, Dione and Rhea haven't seen the kinds of changes in their orbital tilts that are typical for moons that have lived in the system and interacted with other moons over long periods of time. In other words, these appear to be very young moons. "Moons are always changing their orbits. That's inevitable," Matija Cuk, principal investigator at the SETI Institute and one of the authors of the new research, said in a statement. "But that fact allows us to use computer simulations to tease out the history of Saturn's inner moons. Doing so, we find that they were most likely born during the most recent 2 percent of the planet's history."

Comment Re:She's.. (Score 0, Troll) 235

Yeah, except that Republicans had cut the security budget to the State department for years, which meant that the likelihood of an event like this increased. I mean, you don't hear people screaming out about how it was a conspiracy when all of these embassies were attacked under Obama's predecessor. It's almost like certain people have an animus against him. Hm...


Submission + - Lost Moon Tapes Found!

BackwardEngineer writes: "

"Ecstatic space officials at Nasa could be about to unveil one of their most stunning discoveries for 40 years — new and amazingly clear footage of the first moon landing. The release of the new images next month could be one of the most talked about events of the summer. The television images the world has been used to seeing of the historic moment when Neil Armstrong descended down a ladder onto the moon's surface in 1969 is grainy, blurry and dark. The following scenes, in which the astronauts move around the lunar lander, are so murky it is difficult to make out exactly what is going on, causing conspiracy theorists to claim the entire Apollo 11 mission was an elaborate fraud."

Looks like they've found the long lost moon landing tapes finally. Although I'm sure this won't shut up the conspiracy nuts, we'll finally get to see high quality video of Neil and Buzz bouncing around on the moon."

Comment Re:One thing gives me hope (Score 1) 489

Strange examples. Dune is somewhat flawed but a truly incredible movie. Among the greatest sci-fi films ever made imho.

Unless you've read the book, that is. Weirding modules? Rain? Please.

That movie looked good. That's the only part it got right. That's it. Period.

The LOTR films represents a complete and utter betrayal of the books - very few people i know who were seriously into the books approved.

I said 'watchable'. Not faithful to the original. Because it absolutely isn't.

Again, I could do a three page dissertation on what PJ got wrong. But I'm not in the mood for the karma hit.

Come on, considering Frank Herbert narrated the opening introduction to the movie, and liked it... you should give the Lynch version a lot more leeway.

Plus, how do you feel about the Dune Encyclopedia? Herbert said that what happened in those entries happened in a parallel universe. Just think of the Lynch movie happening in a parallel universe.

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