1. Post #1
    valkery's Avatar
    April 2011
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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04..._on_mars_1976/
    The USA’s Viking mission found life on Mars, says a new paper that has re-analysed data collected by the two probes.

    Complexity Analysis of the Viking Labeled Release Experiments (PDF), published yesterday in the International Journal of Aeronautic and Space Sciences, asserts that a test designed to detect microbial life did so, when re-interpreted in light of other recent discoveries about the red planet.


    The two Viking probes landed on Mars in 1976 and carried an experiment that heated soil and then released certain in the hope they would initiate chemical reactions that would indicate the presence of life (Your correspondent has a vivid memory of those substances being described as “chicken soup”, such was their potential deliciousness to microbes, in a well-thumbed 1977 edition of National Geographic featuring vivid colour Mars landscape photographs gathered by the landers, but I digress).

    One of the three experiments of this sort, the “Labeled Release” (LR) experiment, produced results that hinted at the presence of life. Two others did not.

    Extensive analysis of LR data went on for years, without ever offering firm conclusions.

    The authors of this paper have applied “complexity analysis to the Viking LR data” and say their techniques “permit deep analysis of data structure along continua including signal vs. noise, entropy vs.negentropy, periodicity vs. aperiodicity, order vs. disorder etc.” Seven complexity variables were used to re-analyse and compare original LR data so they can “be distinguished from controls via cluster analysis and other multivariate techniques.” The team also mentions the importance of even very small patterns in data, characterising them as “pink noise” suggestive of biological processes compared to the “white noise” produced by “the complete unpredictability of pure random physical processes.”

    At the end of all that they argue that new analysis of the LR experiment suggests the reactions it detected were the result of biological processes and the lander did indeed “… provide considerable support for the conclusion that the Viking LR experiments did, indeed, detect extant microbial life on Mars.”

    This Reg writer welcomes our new Microbial Martian Overlords and would like to remind them the whole staff could be useful rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. ®
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    May 2011
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    I want to believe.
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  3. Post #3
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    Now to enslave them before they enslave us.
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  4. Post #4
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    Dennab
    August 2005
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    ALL HAIL THE MARKER!
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    So we might have discovered Martian bacteria?
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    Dennab
    August 2005
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    Now to enslave them before they enslave us.
    TOO LATE EARTHLING.
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  7. Post #7
    Lmao Pics Authority Jesus
    Dennab
    February 2012
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    Have none of you played any video games?

    how can this possibly end well?
    We're fucked, mates.
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  8. Post #8
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    Well there's your answer, David Bowie.
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  9. Post #9
    Needs more suspension.
    Dennab
    February 2006
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    they've finally found him!
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  10. Post #10
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    February 2011
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    It was probably a three year old mars bar with a touch of mould - nothing to be excited about
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  11. Post #11
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    January 2010
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    why i dont see people running and screaming out my house?
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  12. Post #12
    FOSSILIZED SHIT MAGGOT INFERNO
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    August 2010
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    and then we find out that actually one of the scientists accidentally sneezed on the instrument a few hours before takeoff and was too embarrassed to tell anyone
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    they've finally found him!
    I was just thinking that, but I was thinking about the American version, as I have not seen the UK original.

    Edit: Why exactly is it dumb that an American would think of the American version of a tv show before the UK version? It isn't like I readily had access to the UK version before Netflix added.
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    Coincidentally, I'm currently watching a video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about life on Mars.
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    I'm gonna wait for some more confirmation from other scientific groups before going nuts.
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  17. Post #17
    You're Gonna Carry That Weight.
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    June 2008
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    This must be related to the monolith!
    http://facepunch.com/threads/1176951
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  18. Post #18
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  20. Post #20
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    March 2011
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    yeah bowie
    there is

  21. Post #21
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    February 2008
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    I don't know whether to be excited or scared...?
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    April 2005
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    I don't know whether to be excited or scared...?
    Why would you be scared? It's not like they found an advanced extraterrestrial civilization capable of wiping us out or anything, it's just microbes.

    Edited:

    Butt-Ugly Animation
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    February 2009
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    This must be related to the monolith!
    http://facepunch.com/threads/1176951
    Oh shit, they're gonna evolve and then they'll be able to enslave us. I guess we're fucked

  25. Post #25
    Dennab
    June 2011
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    So did it actually find life or is it speculated that there might've been life but we don't know yet

    because the article is vague
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    February 2009
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    They reanalyzed the results from old tests and think we found microbes, or at least signs of them.

    Edited:

    I'm remaining cautiously optimistic

  27. Post #27
    Dennab
    December 2011
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    Oh shit, they're gonna evolve and then they'll be able to enslave us. I guess we're fucked
    It's the fucking marker bro! the microbes are waiting for the signal from the marker!

    OH GOD THEY WANT OUR BODIES MAN! THEY WANT OUR BODIES AND THEY'RE GONNA GET THEM!

  28. Post #28
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    August 2005
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    Even more reason to expand space programs. If chemicals needed for life are present on mars guess what's likely too: ressources. Maybe we'll discover that life on earth came from mars.

    Epic Sci-Fi story about Mars evacuation gone wrong by an accident in my head.

  29. Post #29
    Star Extraordinaire
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    May 2011
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    why i dont see people running and screaming out my house?
    Because human's aren't afraid of micro organism life.

  30. Post #30
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    July 2009
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    OH MY GOD IT'S GOING TO EEAAAAT US

  31. Post #31
    Eh?
    CanadianBill's Avatar
    May 2007
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    That's awesome

  32. Post #32
    Cake like Lady Gaga
    Shadaez's Avatar
    December 2005
    16,013 Posts
    Did the whole post need to be in italics? That's annoying to read.

    Edited:

    also, cool
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  33. Post #33
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    June 2010
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    BUT STILL...




    ...THEY COME!
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  34. Post #34
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    December 2009
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    kill them

  35. Post #35
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    August 2011
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    I always wondered if that show was real or just something I hallucinated while getting high on poorly-made spaghetti hoops

    and now I know
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  36. Post #36
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    June 2010
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    Don't worry, we dealt with the issue back in '01. Nasty fight, but the only retaliation-if you could call it that-was that tachyon comm beam that pinged earth. Didn't do jack, and the strike team yanked the plug about 5 minutes after it started.
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  37. Post #37
    l l
    lmao
    Dennab
    December 2011
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    I fucking hated this show, I still remember the line "We don't wanna conquer earth, I just wanna fill my girth"
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  38. Post #38
    1.21 GIGAWATTS!
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  39. Post #39
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    March 2008
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    I was just thinking that, but I was thinking about the American version, as I have not seen the UK original.
    Watch it, it's much better.
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  40. Post #40
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    May 2008
    7,728 Posts
    BUT STILL...




    ...THEY COME!
    The chances of anything coming from Mars, are a million to one he said!
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