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"This data is going to be one for the history books, it's looking really good,"

This data is? Clearly Grammer isn't a qualification for the lead scientist for the Curiosity mission at NASA, then. :angry:

If that truly is the case, then how would you phrase it?

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If that truly is the case, then how would you phrase it?

The word data is the plural of datum, neuter past participle of the Latin dare, "to give", hence "something given".

So it should be "these data are".

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If that truly is the case, then how would you phrase it?

http://dictionary.re...om/browse/datum

eta...

747 beat me to it lol... :su

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Not that these things bother me much, but if we must go down that path of yours,... its spelled Grammar, not grammer.

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Not that these things bother me much, but if we must go down that path of yours,... its spelled Grammar, not grammer.

You win the Donut for Spotting the Deliberate Mistake for today.

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its spelled

yuo forgot teh apostrophe

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You win the Donut for Spotting the Deliberate Mistake for today.

BWAAA HAHAHAHA.... Nice try, dude!! :tu:

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"This data is going to be one for the history books, it's looking really good,"

This data is? Clearly Grammer isn't a qualification for the lead scientist for the Curiosity mission at NASA, then. :angry:

Oh, you have no idea. I review papers for scientific journals on a regular basis and sometimes even I have to shake my head. I am by no means good at grammar (in fact, I suck at it), but hand me Maxwell's equations or Schroedinger's, and I'll be right on it.

Scientists are not English teachers, they are scientists with all the flaws that it entails.

Cheers,

Badeskov

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The question of using the apostrophe..... I never do.... decided not to a long time ago. :D

Hey Badeskov.... what do you think about the Curiosity find and the silence before the "storm".

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Hey Badeskov.... what do you think about the Curiosity find and the silence before the "storm".

My completely unfounded guess is that they have identified organic compounds that are either precursors to or the possible result of life. Complete guess on my behalf, though.

The silence before the storm is normal. Trust me, they want to be absolutely certain that they have all their ducks in a row before announcing anything groundbreaking, if that is what it turns out to be. That means that everybody on the team responsible for this analysis agrees with the conclusion and that all sources of error they can possibly think of have been assessed.

In other words, they don't want another Fleischmann and Pons.

Cheers,

Badeskov

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In other words, they don't want another Fleischmann and Pons.

Cheers,

Badeskov

Or Allan Hills 84001.

Edited by synchronomy

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Indeed.

Cheers,

Badeskov

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I too think that NASA is being tight lipped due to due-dilligance ! We dont need no stinkin Martian Invasion News Hittin right B-4 X-mass , With all the fun and games we get in here anyway !

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Yes,... After almost 20 years, dueling papers are still coming out, and the opposing parties are no closer to a resolution. :no:

It is understandable that NASA wants to be sure this time.

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JPL said the findings will be revealed Dec. 3 at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

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JPL said the findings will be revealed Dec. 3 at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

I don't see it listed yet, but usually such events are carried live here:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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It's a photo of a two metre tall blue box, with a man dressed like a Victorian explorer (including Pith Helmet) sitting in a canvas chair sipping a mint julep outside it.

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We need a Betting Line in here ! Who thinks the news will be just a bit over baked ?

1. Organic matter,proof of Life.

2. compounds that show a high possibility of life like goodies.

3.An old wrapper from a Mars candy bar.

4.A message in a bottle.

5. none of the above. :alien::no:

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Im in, Big D,... :) Im guessing its that final proof of ET life – past or present.

To me, either would have astounding implications.

Cheers people on Earth - We are not the only place in town.

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Im in, Big D,... :) Im guessing its that final proof of ET life – past or present.

To me, either would have astounding implications.

Cheers people on Earth - We are not the only place in town.

2nd-Top-Most-Expensive-Champagnes-in-The-world.JPG

We shall tip a toast till the wee hours of the night that day Hazzard ! You me and about three Billion peeps on this Rock !

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Ahem...

Sorry...

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Ahem...

Sorry...

Well that's a bit disappointing...

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Well that's a bit disappointing...

I expect both the initial report dramatizing the excitement of the data, and these recent reports downplaying it, will be found to be somewhat more polarized than the true reality.

Looking forward to the formal presentation, which I am confident will be somewhere in the gray zone between the two.

Confirmation of some organics molecules would be exciting enough.

Perhaps molecules commonly found in diatom fossils would be more exciting. Not necessarily confirming they are there, but more of a maybe they are if there are several molecules discovered.

Regardless of the data, it is a staggering technological achievement to have delivered such a complex vehicle like Curiosity to Mars.

Too bad there wasn't a couple of humans up there driving it...maybe someday.

I'm hopeful that Curiosity will discover something that will provide political motivation to back a manned mission in the near future.

The technology is doable...just need some cash (a lot) :yes:

edited for spelling and grammar

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