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  •  Not exactly "earth-shattering," (3+ / 0-)

    as some people were hyping it, but it's still very interesting and encouraging and should be explored more.  Most interesting is if it changes models for how commonplace organics are in the rest of the universe.  We have long suspected that there would be organics on Mars, so its existence is not surprising, but its commonness on Mars could be.  Not because of what it tells us about Mars, necessarily, but because of what it could tell us about organics on other worlds.

    •  Scientists get interested in different things (6+ / 0-)

      ... that does the general population. Finding organics gets scientists pretty excited, it takes more to get the general public excited.

      An ancient junkyard will get archaeologists excited, but the general public wants King Tut's tomb. So scientists have to keep that in mind and keep their enthusiasm in check.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:32:10 PM PST

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      •  As a former (6+ / 0-)

        archaeologist, I can definitely attest to that last. The stuff we find exciting is miles away from the "treasure" the public does. Actually, finding that stuff is a pita because then you have people trying to dig up your site, or worse, rob you for it.

        "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

        by zaynabou on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:53:01 PM PST

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      •  Here you go - XKCD as usual is on top of it... (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I think they (5+ / 0-)
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        should let it rip, enthusiasm that is. I'm far from a science nerd but it seem to me that curiosity about what is out there is the reason we sent this rover i to Mars. Whatever is found is big news as it brings us all closer to understanding the unknown beyond our earth and expands our puny definitions of life. Pretty amazing that we are able to sit here and debate the chemicals that curiosity has collected and analyzed. Treasure hunters who want lil green men or king tut's loot may be disappointed but that's not the reason's human search for truths and answer and reach for the stars.          

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