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Comment Re:What about what we don't know yet? (Score 1) 102

Wow, I must be in a foul mood. That just sounded terrible, ha!

My point is that our definition of habitable is going to change dramatically as we get more information. My knee jerk reaction to the summary was how limiting the thinking was to narrow what was possible to a tiny fraction of what was out there. Our concept of lifeforms and "earth-like lifeforms" are distinctions of their own and I hope I'm around to see how they get applied to whatever is discovered.

Comment What about what we don't know yet? (Score 2, Interesting) 102

"...the scientists running it are fully confident that it will find Earth-like planets in some star's habitable zone"

Good to see that we're keeping a nice and closed mind about any lifeforms that might be outside the box. Just because we're so stuck on the definition of life that works here on our planet doesn't mean we won't find a lifeform that completely redefines "habitable zone".

Submission + - Humans too boring for ET, say astrophysicists

holy_calamity writes: Humans may have been boring ET with our previous attempts to get in touch, according to two Canadian astrophysicists that have sent two interstellar messages in the past. Astrophysicists have spent too much time encoding basic physics, chemistry and mathematics, they say, which any advanced civilisation will know about already. Instead, the pair are trying to compose messages to ET that communicate features of human society — for example economics and social physics.

Submission + - Toshiba Builds Household Nuclear Reactor (peswiki.com)

sterlingda writes: "Toshiba has developed a new class of nuclear reactor 100 times smaller than a standard reactor. These micro sized nuclear reactors could be used to power large houses, apartment blocks or some city blocks. The new 200 kilowatt reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet is engineered to be fail-safe and totally automatic and will not overheat. The new micro reactor uses no control rods to initiate the reaction, but uses reservoirs of liquid lithium-6, an isotope that is effective at absorbing neutrons. The whole whole process is self sustaining and can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy. Toshiba expects to install the first reactor in Japan in 2008 and to begin marketing the new system in Europe and America in 2009."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - City of Heroes IP sold to NCSoft (climbcast.net)

TroshBogre writes: NCSoft today announced via email and web the acquisition of the City of franchise and IP from Cryptic Studios.

An email was sent to all registered users, as well as updates to http://www.cityofheroes.com/ and http://www.crypticstudios.com/.

From the email:

Today we announced the acquisition of City of Heroes from Cryptic Studios(TM) and the formation of our new Northern California studio which we are informally calling NCsoft® NorCal (click here to read the press release). Nearly the entire City of Heroes team from Cryptic Studios has joined the NCsoft team and together we have formed the core of our new studio. The City of Heroes franchise has been a tremendous success for both NCsoft and Cryptic. More than three years after the City of Heroes launch, our community is strong and thriving. There are so many great ideas and plans, both from our development team and from the players, and we can't wait to make them a reality. Our team is 100% dedicated to City of Heroes and we are extremely excited about the present and the future!


Submission + - Gods and Heroes Bites the Dust (godsandheroes.com)

TroshBogre writes: "The main page for the squad-based MMO Gods and Heroes has an announcement that the game is officially on hold... indefinite hold.

From the website:
The Perpetual team is faced with a unique challenge of simultaneously developing both Gods & Heroes and Star Trek Online in addition to growing our Online Game Platform business. After assessing all of Perpetual's opportunities, we have made the decision to put the development of Gods & Heroes on indefinite hold.


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