No! No! What is the bloody point of this picture? All I wanted to do was to stumble through the SF tag a bit, looking for some interesting subgenres - I'm getting a bit tired of Golden Age SF - but all I get are bloody Star Wars sites, bloody Star Trek sites, and damned pop culture references! I hate Star Trek! I liked Star Wars but don't need to see more! I find constant pop culture references tiresome!
Yes. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion after the Industrial Revolution.
A zoom-in video to examine the chemical and crystallic structure of steel.
Wrong. It is made out for two cents
Why can't WE have a beautiful tradition like that?
A guy asks a stupid question on the internet. I stumble to discover new things.
Whales blowing bubble rings.
1. Nope, they really are stylized representations of birds, beetles and flying fish. They only got it to fly by fiddling about with the design until it actually worked. More info here.
2. This is the first I've heard of them, and I can't find any other references, so debunking these will be left as an exercise to the reader
3. Steven Dutch gives a better analysis than I can write down here.
5. Dissolving minerals can harden again, occasionally against more recent objects. Read more here.
A wikipedia article about sex with mermaids.
A WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE ABOUT SEX WITH MERMAIDS!
Why does this exist?
Inventive, but dull and not very challenging
A poorly done TD clone; The creeps are very weak up to level 9, after which they become nearly indestructible.
Actually, this argument is pretty interesting, and I think the large amount of thumbs-down is undeserved.
An interesting argument about intelligent life in the universe is the so-called Fermi Paradox: Why aren't the aliens here yet? There have been eight billion years of universe before humans evolved, and it took us about four billion years to reach this level. If an intelligent alien species evolved in our galaxy a mere billion years before us, they should have had enough time to colonize the entire galaxy - even going slower than the speed of light. So why haven't they reached Earth?
A solution to the paradox, also suggested by the writer of this article, is that there is some Great Filter, a massively improbable step in the evolution of a species that stops most species from ever getting to the next step. Maybe it's the start of life itself, or the appearance of multicellular life, or intelligence, or civilization. Maybe it's the development of interstellar ships, or the will to colonize the galaxy. In the first case the Great Filter is in our past, and we have already overcome it. In the second case, the Great Filter is certainly in our future, we have yet to encounter it, and may not overcome it.
If evidence for life on Mars is found, this indicates that life is quite common. This would indicate that the Great Filter is in our future.
BUT: If Mars is barren and empty, this could indicate the Great Filter is in the past, and we could be one of the few aliens to overcome it. We could conquer a galaxy of amoebas, animals or savages. Yes, there might be a second filter, but we would still have hope of going to the stars and exploring the final frontier.
On the other hand, if the Great Filter is in our future... The Universe would be teeming with life, perhaps intelligent, and we could never contact it. We would be stuck forever on one tiny planet, orbiting an insignificant star, until we either blow ourselves up or run out of resources. If we're really lucky, we might find another planet and bounce two radio messages per three centuries back and forth between us. I, for one, prefer the empty star ocean.
I'm getting the impression that nuclear power is finally becoming more accepted as a safe and reliable energy source. Maybe we will see reason before Amsterdam is submerged!
A way to build office buildings on water, ruining the view for everyone else.
In before the Magritte joke.