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Astronomers Locate Solar System Very Similar To Our Own

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the i-think-it-is-awfully-pretty-out-there dept.

Space 101

Smivs writes "Astronomers from St Andrews University in the UK have discovered a planetary system which looks much like our own. Dr Martin Dominik told BBC news: 'We found a system with two planets that take the roles of Jupiter and Saturn in our Solar System. These two planets have a similar mass ratio and similar orbital radius and a similar orbital period. The newfound planetary system, which orbits the star OGLE-2006-BLG-109L, is more compact than our own and is about five thousand light-years away. The OGLE planets were found using a technique called gravitational micro-lensing, in which light from the faraway planets is bent and magnified by the gravity of a foreground object, in this case a another star.'" Update: 04/08 12:26 GMT by Z : This story is talking about a subject we have already discussed.

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101 comments

Researches on /. find article similar to this (5, Funny)

MancunianMaskMan (701642) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998042)

dupe

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (-1, Redundant)

choas (102419) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998060)

Another one ?

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (-1, Redundant)

antek9 (305362) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998066)

Right there. Scuttlemonkey vs. Zonk, 1-0.

Does this mean every comment on this article is redundant by default?

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998760)

Apparently this topic is not as unique as we once thought. Therefore it's true that such topics are technically more common in the Slashdot due to recent findings by professional basement dwellers.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

Jens Egon (947467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23003680)

I have mod points, but I see someone beat me to it.

-1 redundant. You asked for it.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (4, Funny)

wellingtonsteve (892855) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998082)

It is indeed. In fact the original post was "from the evil-twin dept."

Spooky!

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998340)

Actually, this post was right after "EU Recommends Slashing Search Data Retention", so maybe it makes sense, after all.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22999122)

no, the original post was from the hello-up-there department. The dupe was from the evil twin department, which makes this post a tripe.

Posted by Zonk on Thu Feb 14, 2008 [slashdot.org]

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday April 07 [slashdot.org]

Posted by Zonk on Tuesday April 08 [slashdot.org]

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

wellingtonsteve (892855) | more than 6 years ago | (#23001516)

So Zonk duped his own story?

Impressive!

...and it turns out... (1)

Veetox (931340) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999288)

...that the "other" solar system is just a warped reflection of our own, or worse: an evil twin solar system...

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

BotnetZombie (1174935) | more than 6 years ago | (#23000442)

I'm not sure if I'm in the good or evil system - my dupe got rejected?

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

gordona (121157) | more than 6 years ago | (#23001194)

this dupe is brought to you by the department of redundancy department.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (2, Informative)

superash (1045796) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998096)

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0, Offtopic)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999080)

Slashdotted already.

In Soviet Russia Slashdot slashdots Slashdot.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998202)

Geez...the original article is still on the front page!

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (-1, Redundant)

Swizec (978239) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998282)

Wow ... this has GOT to be one of the most pathetic dupes ever. It's still on the bloody front page for crying out loud!

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0, Offtopic)

Gabby Johnson (1268806) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999244)

I wonder who will appear on Doctor Who in the new season..

Another word for "dupe" is "Zonk". (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998348)

In every sense.

What happened to the slashdot community? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998642)

The number of comments posted over the weekend was very low.

perhaps the site should put ego aside and consider rolling back some of the radical changes that drove the community away.

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998784)

You mean people sometimes use /. as something other than a lightly work based slacking device?

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998976)

You mean people sometimes use /. as something other than a lightly work based slacking device?

You mean people sometimes use /. as something other than a heavy work based slacking device?

There, fixed that for you. And yes, I'm at work right now ;)

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999084)

You mean your work involves all of the fields covered on /. ? I don't think I could get away with reading articles on games all day, but the articles on security matters and such usually have some useful insights and ideas - like the large discussion on password security I was reading yesterday, which is always work related for an IT department, but I did really have some other things I should probably have done first :P

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (1)

mysticgoat (582871) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999392)

Gee, you must be new here... let me spell it out for you:

  1. Read slashdot at least once per hour while at work
  2. Build up karma and fans
  3. ?
  4. Profit!

There. That's the way we always used to do it.

OT: what happened with numbered lists and bullets? (1)

mysticgoat (582871) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999546)

Prediction: The following tests will now fail in slashdot comments although they worked until recently. Specific failure is that the item number or bullet is not displaying.

Test of numbered list:

  1. fust
  2. skund
  3. toid
  4. fawth
Test of bullets:
  • bulleted item

This is happening under Firefox v2.0.0.13 running under bog standard WinXP Pro, and under IE v7 on the same machine. Source shows that <ol>, etc, are present as expected.

Is anyone else seeing this?

More importantly, has anyone come up with a good workaround for the "profit" business plans under these conditions?!!

Re:OT: what happened with numbered lists and bulle (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999798)

Tis presumably the CSS formatting that they are using? It's the same on my machine (XP Pro/FF 3 beta 5)

Re:OT: what happened with numbered lists and bulle (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999800)

This is intended behavior on Slashdot. It's supposed to force you to use the correct method of writing out numbered lists, with <br>. <ol> and <ul> are deprecated.

OT: what happened with moderations? (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 6 years ago | (#23000762)

It's not just list stuff that's missing. I don't seem to see moderations anywhere any more. I looked at a couple of my messages yesterday that were moderated, and all I saw was the number; the list of moderations was nowhere to be seen.

I looked on several browsers on my Mac, including SeaMonkey, FireFox, Safari and Opera, and none of them showed the moderations.

I mean, how am I to get upset and indignant about a "troll" rather than the "funny" that I expected, when I can't see the actual moderation?

Re:OT: what happened with moderations? (1)

mysticgoat (582871) | more than 6 years ago | (#23001000)

I mean, how am I to get upset and indignant about a "troll" rather than the "funny" that I expected, when I can't see the actual moderation?

That's an important question, since it goes right to the root of emotional investment in slashdot karma.

I discovered that the "Score: n" in the comment header is now a link that opens a pop up that has the familiar breakdown of the scores. Actually this is kind of neat. Kudos to slashdot for implementing it.

Too bad they broke other parts of the presentation in doing that...

Can somebody please set up a poll so we can vote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23000094)

1) Post AC
2) Do nothing but troll
3) ???
4) Fuck karma

FYI, I agree - the recent changes suck!!

Can somebody please set up a poll so we can vote on how much they hate the new changes and finally convince Taco to stop fucking around?

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999400)

ut the articles on security matters and such usually have some useful insights and ideas - like the large discussion on password security I was reading yesterday, which is always work related for an IT department

Oh don't get me wrong. My boss has asked about /. before. It's a "trade journal", don't you know? ;)

but I did really have some other things I should probably have done first :P

Ditto.

Re:What happened to the slashdot community? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23001618)

We've been visiting other forums.
Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (3, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998672)

Could it be
In this far off place
They use similar means
For the saving of face?
Burma Shave

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998790)

I wonder if they have an article about us on their org.dotslash\\:ptth site. And possibly even a dupe of that article. Holy shimmering doppeldupers, batman!

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0, Offtopic)

rabbit78 (822735) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999268)

The funniest thing is that the duped article is also already a dupe. The original original article of the dupe dupe would be: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/14/223241 [slashdot.org]

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23002016)

FFS, both articles are on the front page...

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (1)

ovidus naso (20325) | more than 6 years ago | (#23003076)

Not a dupe. This one is about the Second Foundation.

Re:Researches on /. find article similar to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23005626)

I can't wait till we send a colony ship there. The catch phrase would be "Go OGLE!"

Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to This (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998070)

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/04/07/2052251

Sheesh. The original is only six articles down from the dupe on the front page. Is that a record in Slashdot history?

Re:Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to Thi (4, Funny)

LaskoVortex (1153471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998120)

Sheesh.

The second was supposed to go to the other earth. It was an honest mistake you frigtard.

Re:Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to Thi (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998236)

No, no record.

Look here (The thread is discussing a trupe)
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=168794&cid=14071548 [slashdot.org]

There are more but this has some sort of evidence..

Re:Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to Thi (1)

drunkahol (143049) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998904)

That would make it a tripe surely and not a trupe?

dupe derives from DUP-licate
tripe derives from TRIP-licate

Donk

Re:Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to Thi (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999482)

Wasn't that the tripe joke that was already duped in two tripes?

Does this turn it from dupe tripe joke to tripe tripe joke?

(My head hurts)

Re:Slashdotters Locate Article Very Similar to Thi (1)

Luke Dawson (956412) | more than 6 years ago | (#23000390)

Wasn't that the tripe joke that was already duped in two tripes?
Wasn't that a song by Frankie Goes to Hollywood?

*tumbleweed*

Re:Mods Locate Comment Very Similar to This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998966)

Just two comments up!

Another twin (1)

StrawberryFrog (67065) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998074)

Another one?

Re:Another twin (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998326)

Another one?
Not just that, "a another one (star)".

DUPE!!! And both are still on the front page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998080)

How lazy can you get? I mean, come on.

Re:DUPE!!! And both are still on the front page (4, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998254)

I've been saying it for years but, would it be so bad to hire "editors" who ACTUALLY READ SLASHDOT. WTF.

Re:DUPE!!! And both are still on the front page (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998380)

would it be so bad to hire "editors" who ACTUALLY READ

Fixed that for you. After all, it is Zonk we're talking about.

Re:DUPE!!! And both are still on the front page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998864)

Read Slashdot?! Come on. Their job already sucks, why torture them like that?

Re:DUPE!!! And both are still on the front page (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999322)

here here. I even voted this one down on firehose as a dupe. what happened here?

Solar system post replicated by self replicating.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998134)

printer!!!

Re:Solar system post replicated by self replicatin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22999494)

OMG Its happening! ...again! ...again! ...again!

NOT A DUPE (3, Funny)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998148)

This post is not a dupe. We are just in a parrellel universe...

Re:NOT A DUPE (1)

beav007 (746004) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998318)

This is not the dupe you are looking for. *waves hand*

Now get me a taco.

HEADLINE: Failing to read leads to.... (1)

oDDmON oUT (231200) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998160)

Redundant stories, Dupes, angst among the faithful!

More, after these messages.

OMFG !! Let's have them over for a POOL PARTY !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998162)










Aliens !! Let's have them over for a POOL PARTY !! I heard Space Girls are Easy !! even for /.'ers




DUPE! (1)

Bhasin_N (838449) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998190)

Come on, the other story is still on the front page!

Geeks Locate Slashdot Story Very Similar To... (1)

dohzer (867770) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998200)

... Previous Story. Now here's Tom with the weather.

Dupa Dupa Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998238)

I wanted to post this in the morning, but was too late [slashdot.org] . :(

NOW IS MY CHANCE!!!! MUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
-----
Here's the original from April 8:

[slashdot.org]http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/04/07/2052251 [slashdot.org]

Anonymous Coward

Wouldn't it be funny if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998284)

in a few years they discovered gravitational micro-mirroring and it turned out we were looking at ourselves?

Re:Wouldn't it be funny if... (1)

beav007 (746004) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998324)

Do you mean the solar system, or the dupes?

Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (4, Funny)

tekrat (242117) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998320)

Wow, if they are finding so many solar systems like our own (2 in a 24-hr period), then there simply must be life out there...

Now if only there were INTELLIGENT life at the slashdot "offices"...

(sigh!)

(Captcha is "nothing"... hrmmmm.)

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (2, Insightful)

dasunt (249686) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998898)

Actually, it is disturbing...

If Sol-like systems are common, with earth planets, then why isn't the universe overrun with one or more sentient lifeforms?

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (2, Interesting)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998994)

If Sol-like systems are common, with earth planets, then why isn't the universe overrun with one or more sentient lifeforms?
It is.

For suitably small values of "one or more", "overrun" and in particular "sentient".

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (2, Funny)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999000)

Maybe they all have to obey the speed limit.

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23003938)

=^)

(I wish I had mod points)

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999010)

then why isn't the universe overrun with one or more sentient lifeforms?

Maybe it is and they just haven't found us. Maybe the light speed limitation really can't be overcome. Maybe they know we are here and have (wisely?) chosen not to make contact. Maybe we are the "first ones" and sentient life hasn't evolved anywhere else yet. Maybe we aren't fat enough to harvest just yet ;)

Could be anything, really :P

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (1)

dasunt (249686) | more than 6 years ago | (#23008628)

The Milky way is only 100,000 lightyears across.

At .1c average speed, that's a colonization of the entire galaxy in a million years.

The local group of galaxies is about 10 million lightyears across. That's 100 million years to reach one end of it to the other at .1c.

There's roughly 200 to 400 billion stars.

Lightspeed isn't really a limitation.

Re:Must be life out there ('cause it ain't here) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22999532)

Maybe they need to spawn more overlords...

What does this mean then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998332)

owww GOD!! why did you make more "sol" like systems???
the holy book says were 6000 years old and were special to you........
(can the god crap please stop now... joke is 2000 years old Hahaha....) - personal opinion

seriously were not special were surrounded with sol like systems and who knows maybe "life but not as we know it".
if we can find "life" does that mean that "GOD/ALLAH" thing is of the rails???

Dupe (4, Insightful)

Firas Zirie (1179357) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998338)

Whoever approves articles is at least supposed to read the front page don't you think? The article quoted isn't even from a different source, its the exact same BBC link.

This dupe was meant for the OTHER Earth (3, Funny)

kentrel (526003) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998356)

Silly posters on Slashdot, Earth 2 posted this story a SECOND TIME on the front page of Earth 1's slashdot.

Configure your router to block all Earth 2 IPs.

Re:This dupe was meant for the OTHER Earth (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999416)

Done.
Checking CNN.com. . .

HOLY CRAP What the heck has been happing on Earth 1. I thought Gore Won the election.

Duped... (4, Insightful)

VisiX (765225) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998382)

before the original got bumped from my 8 article rss. That is an impressive new low.

Re:Duped... (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999228)

I wouldn't really cal it "new."

Re:Duped... (1)

gatzke (2977) | more than 6 years ago | (#23005350)

We have had trupes in the past, but I don't think the same story was on the front-page three times... Something to shoot for.

If "Contact" is any indication... (1)

tom_75 (1013457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998420)

"Astronomers from St Andrews University in the UK have discovered a planetary system which looks much like our own. Dr Martin Dominik told BBC news: 'We found a system with two planets that take the roles of Jupiter and Saturn in our Solar System.
Now all they have to do is die and hope that God puts them there for a closer look :)

look up duplicate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998438)

this is not a dupe... its like the fifth time its been posted!!!

can we introduce maditory spam/hoxzoring to ppl who post the same things again and again?

does anyone still believe we're alone in the... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998478)

universe? maybe that's why the nazi execrable continues to spray on fake 'clouds', so that the 'aliens' have a difficult time 'mapping' our terrain for their search engines? let yOUR conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071229/ap_on_sc/ye_climate_records;_ylt=A0WTcVgednZHP2gB9wms0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080108/ts_alt_afp/ushealthfrancemortality;_ylt=A9G_RngbRIVHsYAAfCas0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A [nytimes.com]

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

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dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html [cnn.com]

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html [cnn.com]

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html [cnn.com]

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece [timesonline.co.uk]
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

Next in the news..... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998530)

...slashdot readers discover article similar to this one. Even as close as six degrees of separation....

Surprised someone else hasn't already said this?!

A new low (0, Redundant)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998548)

First no April 1st jokes and now a dupe of a story that is still on the main damn page.. Slashdot is dieing.

Re:A new low (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998738)

First no April 1st jokes and now a dupe of a story that is still on the main damn page.. Slashdot is dieing.
I won't believe it until Netcraft confirms it.

Re:A new low (1)

navygeek (1044768) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999112)

So is your ability to spell. It's "dying"...

Similar (1)

danilo.moret (997554) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998556)

indeed... a dupe solar system.

(plus one Informative) (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998582)

Zoink is lame (0, Troll)

Chutulu (982382) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998600)

Zoink is lame

deja ZONK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22998686)

deja ZONK!

I don't usually complain about dupes (2, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998708)

But fercryinoutloud, this one's still on the front page!

I know you guys don't do any fact checking, but is it too much to ask that you skim the front page of your own site to make sure the article's not already been posted?

it is our own solar system (1)

coldhg (735102) | more than 6 years ago | (#22998882)

Seen in a gigantic quantum multidimensional space mirror.
I bet that if you tune up your telescopes you can see yourself in the mirror. (that or a big sign "we also used to have a large hadron collider").

Those, poor, poor people/aliens/whatevers.... (1)

VennData (1217856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999030)

...my heart goes out to 'em.

In related exoplanet-searching-news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22999040)

In related news, a team of physicists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have developed a new way to perform radial velocity measurements to unprecedented precision. The current state-of-the art can achieve a precision of about 60 cm/s, enough to say, observe a Jupiter-class planet (such as the one pointed out in this article). However, this new method should be able to achieve a precision of about 1 cm/s, enough to observe an Earth-class planet.

The press release is available here:
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/press/2008/pr200808.html [harvard.edu] .

The journal article the press release refers to is "available" (subscription required) here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v452/n7187/pdf/nature06854.pdf [nature.com] .

The gist of the approach is to use a "laser frequency comb [combined with] a Fabry-Perot filtering cavity" to provide an improved, consistent calibration source. Strangely enough, it appears that spectroscopy is not (currently) limited by the resolving power of the spectrometer; rather it is limited by quality of the calibration source.

Slow news day? (1)

Gabby Johnson (1268806) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999198)

I hope the advancement of 'Science' by our OGLE star system brothers is progressing at a somewhat higher rate than here..

And so (1)

fredrated (639554) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999504)

did our astronomers see their astronomers peering back as us?

doppleganger article (0)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22999514)

So my article was the same as someone elses. Who cares! We almost certainly posted this item simultaneously and two different authors picked up on them. Yes the front page could have been checked better, but I can be sloppy, you're probably sloppy sometimes and the Guys at /. are surely allowed to be a bit sloppy sometimes too. Come on, they do a great site...cut them a bit of slack. Smivs.

Does this mean if their star goes Nova... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22999840)

Does this mean if their star goes Nova... ours does too from the shockwave?? You know like in congress where you can hear people whispering on the other side of the room because of the shape...

Wait wasn't there just some weird event with the sun... did some smart people track the energy from this new solar system?

cruel to grade school kids (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 6 years ago | (#23000784)

When I was in school, we just had to memorize the names of nin planets.
Now there are about 250!

Good news, everyone! (1)

xLittleP (987772) | more than 6 years ago | (#23001352)

When is Slashdot going to implement the "X days since we have duped an article" sign? Better set that back to zero.

Re:Good news, everyone! (1)

Protometheus (1150367) | more than 6 years ago | (#23006704)

What's the point in using a variable number? You might as well just post a picture with a sign that says "0 days since we have duped an article" and save yourself the time of programing the counter. Goodness knows they'd never get the opportunity to set it to '1' before having to click the 'we fucked up' button again.
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