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Some good news and bad news about global warming: The bad news is that Earth's rising temperatures could threaten coastlines, endanger wildlife, and - in some extreme cases - melt your ice cream. But it could also turn some of us into crystalline magnet men of immense size and power. Giant magnet creatures in my warm planet? …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Misleading title

    It clearly looks more like a Super Star Destroyer.

    Tsk tsk!

  2. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Never wanting to doubt the mighty Register

    But are you *sure* the Caltech boffins mentioned superpowers in their paper?

  3. Jon Tocker

    Time for the obligatory...

    "I, for one, welcome our huge and immensely powerful crystalline magnet men overlords".

    Mine's the one made of extremely non-magnetic copper weave, thank you.

  4. Seán
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    That's no moon.

    Best "That's no moon." 2008

  5. Elrond Hubbard
    Paris Hilton

    IBM have been trying to clone these up from fragments..

    Nasty accident with the 30 gig deathstars made them think twice..

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A Crystal World?

    J.G. Ballard's "The Crystal World" comes to mind . . .

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Been here, done that


    I remember these things from when I was a kid on Atlantis, and they are dangerous.

    The temperature began to rise when our weather control machine broke down. Unfortunately, nobody alive knew how to fix it, since it had run flawlessly for generations.

    To try to fix things, we gave up our favored means of transportation and invented the horse. But this did not stop the temperature from rising. Atlantian scientists told us that if the temperate continued to rise, the seas would soon follow. This dire warning alarmed many wealthy Atlantians, as they determined that their prime beach-front property could become worthless. We were determined to fix the problem.

    Our respected and renowned scientists of the crystal invented these iron based life forms, to promote algae growth and absorb carbon. The entire economy was nationalized, then focused on mining iron to dump into the ocean to feed the ironite crystals.

    It worked, and temperatures returned to normal. We had saved Atlantis.

    But the government did not want to give up the control that it had gained.

    Since the ironites were not being fed, they were rapidly dying. The government then declared that the ironites were endangered, and must be saved. So we continued to mine under Atlantis at a frantic pace, to feed them. Eventually, the mines were so large and extensive, that a minor earthquake caused all of Atlantis to collapse into the mines and the ocean.

    Thankfully, my family was on vacation in Rome at the time.


  8. Haku

    "...many-faceted baubles from outer space..."

    Reminds me of a book I once read as a kid called "Trillions" -

  9. Danny Thompson

    Are you sure these are not ....

    .... just fragments of prehistoric HDDs as used by Earth's previous masters, the Dinosaurs?

    Mines the one with "I do history, I do" writted on the back

  10. Moss Icely Spaceport
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    Proof that...

    ..there probably isn't a god.

  11. Jon


    "During aforementioned PETM, Earth's average temperature rose more than 9 degrees Fahrenheit as massive amounts of carbon entered the atmosphere in the space of only a few thousand years."

    Damn dinosaurs didn't give a damn about their carbon footprint and look what happened!

    Should have used a Prius-toric...

  12. Anonymous Coward

    Shrinking mammals

    > Increased CO2 levels appear to have promoted dwarfing in mammals.

    Nice to know that there is a mechanism built into us mammals that heps curb overpopulation, and if we're still alive in a thousand years time, we would have evolved such that adults will be the size of two year olds, and the Sherman Brothers will have to rethink the song "It's A Small World After All", since the world wouldn't be so small at that size.

    Tux. Because in a thousand years emperor penguins will be bigger than an average human.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Really Now...

    "Giant magnet creatures in my warm planet? It's more common than you think."

    I see what you did there.

  14. Trygve
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    "Curse you, limelight-stealing "Longest Ears on a Dog" researchers!"

    This is why I love the Reg. You don't get quality writing like this in the Murdochified media

  15. Hugh_Pym

    Clearly what happened here was ...

    ... The global warming was created by carbon released by an earlier civilization of Horse riding Monkey men. These magnetic crystals are all that is left of the memory array of their Paleolithic netbooks. If only we new how to read them we could find out what Paleoporn was all about.

    Take a moment to think about what future civilizations would learn from the contents of your hard drive.

  16. Mike Crawshaw

    Hmm. Death Star. New Jersey.

    Outside the Kwik-Stop convenience store, perchance? With someone inside bitching that he wasn't even supposed to be there today? And 2 toking loafers outside?

    We deserve the truth.

  17. TeeCee Gold badge

    Your vision of the future.

    A future world in which everyone is Magneto? My, Spartacus will be pissed off.

    Is there a Guiness category for "Most people being the same person"?

  18. Luther Blissett

    I, for one,

    welcome our new Magnetic Death Star overlords.

    Resistance is futile.

  19. Tim Bergel

    "about a hundred would fit on the period ..."

    Is 'the period' part of the official Reg weights and measures? I think not (but cannot remember where to check).

    Wales-sized coat

  20. jim


    Sounds attractive.

  21. Britt Johnston

    no cause for effect

    The expansion of large mammals occuring at the PETM does not mean that CO2 caused mammals to grow - or deathstars, for that matter. The two things just happened at the same time. Another reason could be that after the demise of the dinos, there was plenty of room and food, hence less pressure on fuel-inefficient organism designs.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No Martin Yirrell?

    Proclaiming this must be faked, evolution doesn't happen, God created everything just as it is now and the earth is only a few thousand years old so scientists are faking results and those who cannot see the glory of god are misguided idiots who have a void in their life?

  23. Daniel B.

    So that's how the X-Men came to be

    This would definitely explain how Magneto got his powers!!!

  24. Kanhef
    Paris Hilton

    But why

    do bacteria need to orient themselves in alignment with the earth's magnetic field?

  25. mr.K

    @But why

    So they know which way the wind blows?

  26. jon

    there's an HHGTG angle...

    spaceships decided to invade earth, but due to a mistake in dimensions, the fleet got swallowed by a dog...

    - in fact the ships were battered to pieces by pollen particles.....

  27. Steen Hive

    @but why?

    Think of it as an advanced form of the primitive "line dancing" that some human inadequates regard as "fun" - with the exception that they only do a stupid jump and flip round every half a million years or so.

  28. Seán


    You fucking liar! That never happened, what kind of trick are you trying to pull?

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