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New study shows how gamma-ray bursts could end life on Earth
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 8 Oct 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 10/09/2011 8:28:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog

New research suggests the continuation of life on Earth depends on massive explosions on the other side of the galaxy.

The explosions, gamma-ray bursts thought to occur when two stars collide, can release tons of high-energy gamma-ray radiation into space.

Scientists believe they have already played a part in some the planet's extinctions.

They say the blasts could be contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer.

Brian Thomas, of Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, said: 'We find that a kind of gamma-ray burst — a short gamma-ray burst — is probably more significant than a longer gamma-ray burst.

'The duration is not as important as the amount of radiation.'

The research is being presented on Sunday, October 9, at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Minneapolis.

It is thought to be the first time scientists have connected the timing of these gamma-ray bursts to extinctions on Earth that can be dated through the fossil record. They say the blasts could be contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; distraction; ewekay; gammarays; ozone; propaganda; tabloid
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1 posted on 10/09/2011 8:28:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

the blasts could be contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer.

Oh really? Imagine that.


2 posted on 10/09/2011 8:32:05 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smokingfrog
This is obviously a pre-emptive attempt by friends of George W. Bush to prevent him from being blamed for the extinction of life on earth when it happens. Blame some innocent gamma rays instead of blaming Bush and his oil industry buddies.

If gamma rays have caused earlier extinctions, that would mean that Gary Larson (The Far Side) was wrong when he attributed the dinosaurs' going extinct to their smoking cigarettes.

3 posted on 10/09/2011 8:35:35 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: smokingfrog

Somebody get Algore on this right away.

Gamma ray credits?


4 posted on 10/09/2011 8:35:37 PM PDT by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: tet68

According to Marvel Comics we just get green and ornery.


5 posted on 10/09/2011 8:39:38 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Verginius Rufus
There is a simple solution.


6 posted on 10/09/2011 8:40:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog; SevenofNine
Holy Clap! Gamera!


7 posted on 10/09/2011 8:40:42 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog

My Gamma used to have outbursts all the time. She was a mean old bitc#.


8 posted on 10/09/2011 8:41:34 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander -- ..........................NUTS !)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

My Gamma made a mean cherry pie.


9 posted on 10/09/2011 8:45:48 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: smokingfrog

How is this new? This was in a college course I had nearly 40 years ago.


10 posted on 10/09/2011 8:55:15 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: mylife

But Gamera is FRIEND OF CHILDREN!!!


11 posted on 10/09/2011 9:28:09 PM PDT by struggle
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To: tet68

Ah, but how will it effect my Man-in-the-Moon marigolds?


12 posted on 10/09/2011 9:29:20 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Dang it. Should be “...affect”...


13 posted on 10/09/2011 9:30:55 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: smokingfrog

“could be contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer”

lets ban xray bursts like we did cfcs


14 posted on 10/09/2011 9:39:45 PM PDT by dila813
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To: NeverForgetBataan

Holy crap, I just spewed on my keyboard.

Laugh out loud of the day !


15 posted on 10/09/2011 9:44:57 PM PDT by onona (At the end of your life, you will be judged on love.)
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To: smokingfrog
Brian Thomas, of Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, said: 'We find that a kind of gamma-ray burst — a short gamma-ray burst — is probably more significant than a longer gamma-ray burst.

'The duration is not as important as the amount of radiation.'

"Yeah, uh-huh...thats what they all said at State..."

16 posted on 10/09/2011 9:52:58 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: dila813

Well, the fact that we are here as the result of billions of years of life on this planet is evidence that this isn’t something that I should lose sleep over. Could it happen? Yes. Is it likely to happen in my lifetime? The odds would probably be worse than me hitting Powerball and Megamillions in the same week on $1.00 bets.

The “we are here” logic has also been used to demonstrate that the sun’s output is (reasonably) stable, and hasn’t had any (serious) outbursts for at least 500 million years.


17 posted on 10/09/2011 10:19:13 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: smokingfrog

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR DISINTEGRATION!

18 posted on 10/09/2011 10:19:18 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: smokingfrog

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR DISINTEGRATION!

19 posted on 10/09/2011 10:20:36 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.


20 posted on 10/09/2011 10:21:41 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: smokingfrog

This looks like the ultimate in “green jobs.” Appropriate some money so Obama can get some unionized workers started on building the gamma-ray umbrella.


21 posted on 10/09/2011 10:25:50 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: smokingfrog
Keep some perspective. Your chances of getting killed by a gamma ray are far less than loosing your life on an air craft crash. Of course we all have been told the story about how that is less than dieing from getting hit by lightening, that of course is less than dieing in your bath tub or pool, and that......
22 posted on 10/09/2011 10:32:08 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: smokingfrog

Hey-hey, hey-ho, high-energy gamma-ray radiation has got to go!


23 posted on 10/09/2011 11:21:00 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: SunkenCiv
Ok it is all over but the glowing weirdness in the dark.
24 posted on 10/10/2011 12:23:14 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: spetznaz; Captain Beyond; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; ...

Thanks spetznaz & Captain Beyond.


25 posted on 10/10/2011 3:30:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: smokingfrog

Oh great! Now everyone gets to be the Hulk.


26 posted on 10/10/2011 3:53:36 AM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: smokingfrog
New research SUGGESTS the continuation of life on Earth depends on massive explosions on the other side of the galaxy.

The explosions, gamma-ray bursts THOUGHT to occur when two stars collide, can release tons of high-energy gamma-ray radiation into space.

Scientists BELIEVE they have already played a part in some the planet's extinctions.

They SAY the blasts could be contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer.

Brian Thomas, of Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, said: 'We find that a kind of gamma-ray burst — a short gamma-ray burst — is PROBABLY more significant than a longer gamma-ray burst.

It is THOUGHT to be the first time scientists have connected the timing of these gamma-ray bursts to extinctions on Earth that can be dated through the fossil record.

They say the blasts COULD be contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer.

Well, gee, if you're THAT sure.....

27 posted on 10/10/2011 4:03:31 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: smokingfrog

Women and minorities to be hardest hit.


28 posted on 10/10/2011 4:05:47 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: smokingfrog

The Pierson’s Puppeteers know how to handle that one. You just move the entire solar system away from the exploding core.


29 posted on 10/10/2011 4:44:31 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: smokingfrog

“could be” “probably”

I need more research cash...


30 posted on 10/10/2011 5:01:59 AM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: mylife

HELL YEAH LOL!

It always Godzilla fault on that beside earthquakes


31 posted on 10/10/2011 1:49:46 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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