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Earth's Upper Atmosphere Suffers Record Collapse

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by glych t.anomaly, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member


    Earth's Upper Atmosphere Suffers Record Collapse

    Well, this doesn't sound good: NASA just announced that the Earth's thermosphere, an upper layer of the atmosphere, collapsed. It's the biggest contraction in 43 years and scientists have no idea what's going on. I don't feel safe anymore.

    John Emmert, lead author of the paper that announced the finding, reassures all of us with:

    "Something is going on that we do not understand"
    Apparently, thermosphere collapses do happen every so often, especially during periods of solar inactivity. But the magnitude of the collapse is what puzzles scientists, since it's two to three times greater than any sort of explainable activity.

    The thermosphere is pretty far away from us, closer to where Earth meets space, so it's not exactly time to panic but when science can't explain it, I can't help myself. The world is so ending in 2012.



  2. Ho||yw0oD

    Ho||yw0oD TRIBE Member

    Just remember, there was also a point in time when science could not explain why we see our reflection in the water, items falling down to the ground or what caused lightning.

    We'll be okay.
  3. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    yes i was so worried, thats why i started eating only bacon and cheese and holding my breath till my eyes pop out as scene in the above post.

  4. Ho||yw0oD

    Ho||yw0oD TRIBE Member

    ...maybe Chicken Little was right...

  5. KickIT

    KickIT TRIBE Member

    Maybe it's... GOD!

  6. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

    The first thing you should do when you read something like that on a tech blog is go back to the source. Here, check out sentence #2 in the original write-up:

    Furthermore, citing "the biggest collapse in 43 years" should be considered in light of the fact that the record is only 43 years long! Given that the solar cycle is approximately 11 years there isn't a lot of data. Yeah, it's interesting. Alarming though? No.
  7. basketballjones

    basketballjones TRIBE Member

    time to raise the eco tax!!!!!

    err fee
  8. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member


  9. JamesM

    JamesM TRIBE Member


    I feel good. This is the first time I posted this picture.
  10. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member


  11. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    the thermosphere is rebounding.

    now i can breathe easier.

    wait, science can't explain everything?
  12. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

    No, perhaps you're looking for religion.

    Scientists don't have all the answers... but science is an incredibly good way of assessing the truth of claims and calculating uncertainty. It isn't just a matter of what we know but also how confident we are in the answers science has come up with.

    Anyway, it should be obvious that scientists usually don't know why something is going on... that's the entire reason they are scientists--to discover the answers by increments!
  13. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    so your saying gravity isn't real.

    don't worry, i place more faith in deductive reasoning, than mythology.
  14. JEMZ

    JEMZ TRIBE Member

    I love when I read sentences like "science can't explain it" as if "science" is supposed to have an immediate answer for everything and its lack of understanding is positioned almost as judgement or cause for panic.
  15. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    i'm just not too good with grammar.
  16. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

    Or reading comprehension, apparently.
  17. derek

    derek TRIBE Member

    okay there bill nye. i didn't get the memo stating poking fun was no longer permitted on the internet.

    i bow to your superior intellect (which clearly inhibits your ability to take a joke).
  18. basketballjones

    basketballjones TRIBE Member

    you are a super genius, i pray you dont use your intellect for evil:rolleyes:
  19. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

    Didn't see teh funny. Was it the quip about gravity? ch33se
  20. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    it's real

  21. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

    Nah, it's only a theory.
  22. basilisk

    basilisk TRIBE Member

  23. Hi i'm God

    Hi i'm God TRIBE Member

    I'll bet man created this thermosphere collapse just like climate change.

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