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Postby dodint » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:59 pm

Yeah, I thought of that, but I'm not one to take credit. Let them have their day.

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Postby count2infinity » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:07 pm

I was reading an interview with one of the ladies that was a higher up on the mission. I don't know if she was the director, but somewhere on that level. She was saying that Cassini was her entire career. Now that it's over it's almost as though a loved one passed away. I can't imagine that. Just your whole career's mission over.

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Postby tifosi77 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:12 pm

If nothing else, it gives you an idea of the monstrous scope of the mission.

To put it in me perspective: I moved to CA the week after this mission launched. That's just incredible to imagine working on just one thing that whole time.

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Postby columbia » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:39 pm

Cassini's last moments:

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:21 pm

If nothing else, it gives you an idea of the monstrous scope of the mission.

To put it in me perspective: I moved to CA the week after this mission launched. That's just incredible to imagine working on just one thing that whole time.
When was that in correlation with the start of your show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'?

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:50 pm

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Postby count2infinity » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:07 pm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017 ... y-science/

Pretty neat article. A few months ago, I recall talking to my wife one evening about sexual maturity among animals, and I had mentioned that off the top of my head, I don't know any animal that takes as long to grow into adulthood as humans. Upon a bit of googling that night, I found that human development is relatively unique for animals living today, in terms of the time it takes to fully develop sexually. I read that the theory is as a species, we develop more energy and time into developing our brains more so than our sex organs which lead to our species becoming smarter and smarter over time. The article above shows that neanderthals likely developed the same way.

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Postby tifosi77 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:12 pm

Are there are relationships between the gestational period of an animal and its growth rate to maturity?

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Postby grunthy » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:16 pm

I thought elephants took a long time to mature.

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Postby count2infinity » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:27 pm

Are there are relationships between the gestational period of an animal and its growth rate to maturity?
Not sure... You'd have to look that one up. I don't believe one exists though.
I thought elephants took a long time to mature.
Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, yes. They are the only other species that are even close to humans. I don't recall the exact numbers, but we take slightly more time to develop sexually (on average); however the time it takes to mate is much longer in elephants than humans.

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Postby CBear3 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:50 pm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017 ... y-science/

Pretty neat article. A few months ago, I recall talking to my wife one evening about sexual maturity among animals, and I had mentioned that off the top of my head, I don't know any animal that takes as long to grow into adulthood as humans. Upon a bit of googling that night, I found that human development is relatively unique for animals living today, in terms of the time it takes to fully develop sexually. I read that the theory is as a species, we develop more energy and time into developing our brains more so than our sex organs which lead to our species becoming smarter and smarter over time. The article above shows that neanderthals likely developed the same way.
Had fun down the rabbit hole of the story of the Spanish Cave as well.

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:02 pm

Whale sharks.

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Postby dodint » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:57 pm

Are there are relationships between the gestational period of an animal and its growth rate to maturity?
Not sure... You'd have to look that one up. I don't believe one exists though.
I thought elephants took a long time to mature.
Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, yes. They are the only other species that are even close to humans. I don't recall the exact numbers, but we take slightly more time to develop sexually (on average); however the time it takes to mate is much longer in elephants than humans.
What about tortoises?

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Postby count2infinity » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:42 am

That was my first thought as well... turns out when they hit sexual maturity is dependent upon their size, not their age. In the wild where they have to fight for resources and grow relatively slowly it can take 15-20 years. In an ideal environment where they get plenty of food and are protected (captivity) it only takes 4-5 years, which was really interesting to me.

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Postby dodint » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:15 pm

Neat!

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Postby Gaucho » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:26 am

After 15 years in vegetative state, man responds to nerve stimulation

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/25/healt ... 101PMStory

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Postby columbia » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:29 am

That reminds mind: I need to get my legal situation better organized, including an explicitly clear do not keep me alive on a ventilator and/or feeding tubes document.

Cash in everything and send it to the ASPCA.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:36 am

That could lead to a lot of people adjusting their living wills.

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Postby Gaucho » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:37 am

Oh yeah, absolutely.

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Postby columbia » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:39 am

Creamation and ashes tossed into the river off the Clemente Bridge.

See you in St. Louis. ;)

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:00 am

Cassini’s Final Full Image of Saturn
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Amazing.

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Postby Gaucho » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:06 am

Majestic.

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Postby shmenguin » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:28 pm

Those are all heavily processed composite images right? Or does Reddit lie?

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