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Alcohol Haze At Galactic Heart

timothy posted about 13 years ago | from the cigar-smoke-too dept.

Space 22

Kentai writes: "According to the BBC: 'The detection of yet more alcohol in a giant molecular cloud near the centre of our galaxy could give clues to the origin of complex organic molecules in space.' I knew my life revolved around alcohol!"

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uh oh. (3, Funny)

laymil (14940) | about 13 years ago | (#2408644)

someones trying to raid God's liquor stash...better watch out!

Re:uh oh. (1)

Verne (249617) | about 13 years ago | (#2412341)

ah, so god was drunk when he made everything.

guess that explains the platypus...

Mmm... beer... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2408912)

When I find myself in a cloud of alcohol, I frequently find myself emitting large amounts of organic compounds too.

Amateurs (0, Troll)

Winged Cat (101773) | about 13 years ago | (#2408932)

No, no, it's not beer that sells everything, but pr0n. If they really want those grants for better peep^H^H^H^Hobservatories and, maybe eventually, FTL travel, they should detect clouds of naked babes! (And some buff but sensitive and romantic guys, too - why leave anyone's desires out?) ;)

Re:Amateurs (0, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 13 years ago | (#2416865)

Judging by what I see on a.b.m.erotica these days, you're going to need a bunch of fatties and grannies, too.

I think they want to be quoted out of context ... (3, Funny)

pubudu (67714) | about 13 years ago | (#2409079)

... this cloud lies near an area where young stars are forming ... This would liberate the molecules from their chilly nurseries, depositing them into interstellar space ...

Bureau of ATF officials are now on their way to the region looking for their intergalactic still. "Young adults tend to think that moonshining is a fun way to avoid their state's liquor laws, but the "Dukes of Hazaard" is not an accurate portrayal of this dangerous business," said Agt. Washington Fleming, who is leading the operation. "The quanity involved, although small by galactic standards, suggests that this is not being done just for personal use, and that makes it a Federal matter. Also, once they start selling it, they step on the heals of organized crime, and are so pitting themselves against a more ruthless foe than Boss Hog."

Lets see... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2410002)

Is there anyone here who can make a serious comment? One that doesn't involve incredibly lame jokes about drinking?

Re:Lets see... (1)

tolan's my name (234431) | about 13 years ago | (#2410220)

it seems unlikely don't you think?...

Re:Lets see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2437541)

You mean a serious and insightful and informative comment, like yours? []

Serious comment, trust me!!! (4, Insightful)

hhe_hee (470065) | about 13 years ago | (#2410875)

Ok, here's a serious comment. This could reveal much of the mystery about our own origin. How life began in the first place in our solar system. And maybe life is forming right now far away in that cloud, think about that for a while. We could be watching the formation of life (at a great distance of course) in that cloud. It's like a giant Miller-Urey experiment [] where a mixture of methane, ammonia, water vapour, and hydrogen was circulated through a liquid water solution and continuously sparked by a corona discharge elsewhere in the apparatus. The discharge may be thought to represent lightning flashes on the early Earth. After several days of exposure to sparking, the solution changed colour. Subsequent analysis indicated that several amino and hydroxy acids, intimately involved in contemporary life, had been produced by this simple procedure.

There are several key steps in the origins of life:
  • Formation of complex organic molecules
  • Self-replicating systems
  • Protein synthesis; DNA is the genetic material, but it requires proteins to replicate
  • Compartmentalization: the first cell

And origins of complex organic molecules are believed to be:
  • Nucleosynthesis in stars to form complex molecules
  • molecular clouds
  • A very significant fraction of the Earth' s carbon came from extensive cometary bombardment on the primitive Earth

I know I'm gonna loose karma on this, but... (2, Funny)

wardomon (213812) | about 13 years ago | (#2411676)

It's like a giant Miller-Urey experiment []

I'd prefer a giant Miller-Beer experiment.

Re:Serious comment, trust me!!! (1)

Spriggig (525973) | about 13 years ago | (#2413214)

the formation of life (at a great distance of course) And about 50,000 years ago.

Re:Serious comment, trust me!!! (2)

Cy Guy (56083) | about 13 years ago | (#2426132)

Nucleosynthesis in stars to form complex molecules

Wouldn't the part to take place in the stars be the formation of complex atoms (i.e. Hydrogen into Helium via fusion and then into heavier elements needed to create life, notably Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon)?

A very significant fraction of the Earth' s carbon came from extensive cometary bombardment on the primitive Earth

There is an awfully large amount of carbon on earth, (think of all the limestone, oil and coal that's still in the ground, let alone the carbon in every living thing and in the atmosphere). What kind of percentage are you thinking here, 1%? 2%? ???

blink (2, Redundant)

ErikZ (55491) | about 13 years ago | (#2412635)

....and slowly, though the eons, the cloud coalesces into clumps. In the more massive clumps something wonderful emerges! A star is born...made of beer.

It's gentle amber light pours over the proto-planets. The inner planets are made of more dense materials, salt, peanuts, etc. The outer planets are mostly gaseous in nature...

Alcohol Haze At Galactic Heart (1)

Grayswan (260299) | about 13 years ago | (#2416768)

Do they use this stuff to make Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters? If so, have they located Zaphod yet?

In a perfect world, intelligent life doesn't evolve.

Beer Goggles? (1)

dankjones (192476) | about 13 years ago | (#2418887)

Beer telescope!

I'm off! (1)

Ian-K (154151) | about 13 years ago | (#2419456)

Arggghh! Why wasn't I born a few centuries later, when I could travel there...?

Imagine all the alcohol.... 8-)

I guess this deep-freeze-yourself business is gonna become more popular now. Not to mention that scientists now have good reason to work on speeding up space travel...


Re:I'm off! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2420775)

You: *thaws on starship* Huh? Where am I?

Beautiful starship counselor: You are on the Starship Galaxia, the largest all-female manned (we like to say womanned :-) vessel in SpaceFleet. According to your precryolog, your wishes were to be reanimated on a trip to the center of the solar system. We are on an exploratory mission to retrieve samples of frothy alcohol from the solar system core.

Y: Hot damn! Infinite amounts of alcohol and thousands of chicks! I'm in heaven!

C: Hahaha! I guess now would be the best time to tell you. Sex has been done away with in favor of safer, cleaner cloning. After the outbreak of ACSIN in the early 2200's, methods were perfected to allow procreation without the threat of disease. Also, while you've been in cryostasis, alcohol has been banned as a harmful substance. We *do* have large inventories of Busch N/A that have been saved from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, all very good years for non-alcoholic beers.

Re:I'm off! (2)

pubudu (67714) | about 13 years ago | (#2429450)

Ah, if I hadn't already posted to this topic, I'd have modded you up. Well, to atone for my sin ...

Sleeping, dreaming, waking, weary,
Rises man with eyelids dreary,
Looking to voluptuous lass,
Queezy from the sleeping gas.

In dreamless sleep he passed the years,
Oblivious to all men's fears
That someday might the women see
The path on which they might be free.

Yet see he will, as time unfold,
And finds the fairer sex too bold,
And needless of his violent race
And speaking plainly to his face,

"We have no need of male intrusion
Having mastered your infusion,
And can now our 'selves inject
With something to a sim'lar 'ffect.

"'T is safer for 'veryone involved
And humanity has thence evolved,
Such that not we need burly race
And can at last true love embrace.

"And thus we seek this far expanse,
Far off from home and Nature's chance
To find the spacial alcohol
Which attracts th' 'ttension of us all

"Though of it we will not partake,
And happiness for this mistake:
A brief respite from nat'ral woes
And thrown into dread Nature's throes.

"Nor we will not of it use make
As it our souls will surely break
With gross desires most unhealthful
With consequences too far dreadful.

"And so you must, as species rest,
Comfortable, as if our guest,
Yet ever knowing thou art slave
And our experiments must brave.

"The end of stimulation 't is near
And soon shall we of sin be clear
And we shall sexless show the way
How to keep howling Death at bay."

Unable to reverse the Curse,
Unable to embrace the Worse,
Looking but to future Life
And how to overcome such Wife,

He at long last doth join the crew,
As if in it he always grew,
And soon doth learn their servile way,
And from his manhood so doth stray,

And the alcohol remains uncollected.

Comments from Nerds. Stuff that doesn't matter. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2443209)

An update from the Department of Redundancy Dept.

Over half the posts on this topic, let alone entire site, are intellectual rubbish.

Nerds sure do have an interesting sense of humor - in the clinical psychologist sense.

Making dumb little jokes might make one feel warm and fuzzy about themselves, but others see it for what it is - a dumb little joke.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a public web forum that was both troll-less AND dumb-little-jokeless!

Re:Comments from Nerds. Stuff that doesn't matter. (1)

how_would_i_know (526620) | about 13 years ago | (#2447268)

boy, do I feel sorry for your kids :)

(I couldn't resist the dumb little joke reply)

Bummer... (2)

Robber Baron (112304) | about 13 years ago | (#2451781)

From the article:

Vinyl alcohol, actually a non-inebriating complex organic molecule...

Awww shit! And I was getting all ready to "boldly go"...
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