Hmm.. I only watched it on DVDs, but I never saw the whole series run. I might have to do that now.
Are any of uncensored users fans of Red Dwarf?
Is Red Dwarf Sci-fi or Sitcom?
I like Red Dwarf, but I haven't been able to see enough of it to get to become a fan. Seemed like soft Sci Fi to me.
If you use NetFlix you can rent the DVDs. I thought the first seasons were great, but after that it went downhill. The last season was okay, and the "Back to Earth" special from last year was not that good.
I've enjoyed Red Dwarf. It's a Sci-Fi comedy - some of the aspects are definately set firmly in the sci-fi ground, but it's not overly techy.
Season 1 was OK, but mostly forgettable. Waiting for God was great, but I dig religious satire.
Season 2 was awesome.
Seasons 3 and 4 were good - the tempo of the show changed quite a bit (much faster), but was enjoyable.
Season 5 was one of my favorites.
Season 6 was very good - but with the Red Dwarf being written off the show, it changed things a bit. Still I very much enjoyed it.
Season 7 attempted to make the show more serioius. It didn't work that well.
Season 8 was another shift (bringing back the ship, crew, and the original Holly), which I felt reinvigorated the show after a bit of a blah season 7.
Problem was, the damn thing ended on a cliffhanger!!
Back to Earth (some call it Season 9) seemed more like fanwank to me. Enjoyable to see the Boys from the Dwarf again, but it was hard, even on a show as batshit crazy as Red Dwarf, to keep it serious, especially since it back-tracked to a previous season.
long been science fiction - now true?
particles faster than light.
It's consistently amazing to me how much of what we learn leads to more mystery.
Hmm... it'll be interesting to see if that can be replicated.
For example the speed of light constant is as measured in a vaccuum. They weren't measuring anything in a vacuum, so when they said "faster than light would have" what context are they talking about?
People even scientists get so excited about the possibility of finding something new and low hanging (I happen to beleive all the low hanging fruit is gone) that they make a big erroneous stink.
Doesn't Seem Like Such An Entirely Good Idea To Me
whats the bad idea about scanning DNA from bones?
I Guess its a very alonestanding chance to track a bacteria across centuries...
Actually, it's been intriguing.
If the pop-science reporting is to be believed, all plagues we endure today are derived from the black plague DNA. It has varied quite a bit since then, but it's still pretty deadly. I think they're trying to figure out what makes it so deadly, ostensibly to find a way to cure it.
It's basically a pure exercise in historical epidemiology. We can cure it now via antibiotics (but you still really want to avoid it in the first place.)
Plague is still endemic in woodland critters in areas of the Sierra Nevada. Friends have posted photo recently of the warning signs.
(or alternatively ... cue all of the conspiracy theories about combining black plague with modern buggies to create bio-weapons)
I phrased that badly. Yeah, I guess the point is to tease apart whether the plague was so deadly because the bacteria was different, or because of environmental factors. Along the way you learn some useful or useless things about molecular biology and, potentially, destroy the world with an inadvertant lab outbreak ;)