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    Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler?

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    No one suggested David Bowie yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Assuming totally separate evolution, would a bacteria/virus from another self contained eco-system be able to effect life on this planet? My (very rudimentry) understanding of how viruses work (I watched a TV program a couple of weeks back) is that our DNA structure is something silly like 90% the same and the virus have evolved to take over our cells and change certain parts of our DNA. It's a bit like how difficult it is for viruses jump species (x86 viruses won't work on PPC ).

    That said, after reading this thread - anything short of a black monolith is going to be highly disappointing now!
    For viriiiii, the RNA must be able to implant itself into the cells. And these cells must be specific - the cells with which the virus has evolved. If it's the wrong cell, it simply doesn't work. The wrong key won't open a padlock. A cup of seawater contains billions of virus particles, yet they won't affect us. So a completely alien RNA/DNA 'bug' making use of a Earth-based host cell would be a virtual impossibility. That said, I'd wash my hands after handling it.
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    A global corporation tax haven?

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    Right - sweepstake time: I reckon it's found fossilised bacteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Right - sweepstake time: I reckon it's found fossilised bacteria.
    I'm gonna stick with David Bowie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpinjamez View Post
    A global corporation tax haven?
    You think it's found Google's galactic HQ then?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Right - sweepstake time: I reckon it's found fossilised bacteria.
    We've known water is on Mars for a while now so I can't see that being "one for the history books". I'm thinking bacteria, but if it's gonna be truly "earth shattering" then I'd hope it's living rather than fossilised. The question is - Did it hitch a lift from Florida, or is it truly Martian...

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    Noooooooooo it couldn't be
    Another SLT member or a teacher. They have gone there to screw it up before anyone has a chance!

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    Hmm it could be..

    A music concert headlining Tupac, Elvis and MJ.

    A reliable 4G signal

    A slightly darker kind of dirt (they do tend to get giddy over nothing)

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    theyve found unobtanium

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    If it's an alien I want to be the first to grill one, put it in a bap and eat it. OM NOM nom nom nom.

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    so this is why the world ends on the 21 dec.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    theyve found unobtanium
    I found a list some of the more obscure elements, in ascending order of availability.

    1 Obtainium 2
    2 Justsittingthereium 2
    3 Easytogetium 2
    4 Inyourinventorium 2
    5 Practicallyfreeium 3
    6 Fallingfromtheskyium 3
    7 Givenawayium 3
    8 Ordinarium 3
    9 Lesslikelium 4
    10 Hardertoobtainium 4
    11 Seldomium 4
    12 Irregularium 4
    13 Outoftheordinarium 5
    14 Unusualium 5
    15 Obscurium 5
    16 Extraordinarium 5
    17 Sparseium 6
    18 Rareium 6
    19 Evenrarerium 6
    20 Unobtainium 6

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