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NASA Announcement

Post by crayegg » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:02 am

It turns out the aliens are among us (headline stolen).

NASA's big announcement after a week of speculation about other life in the solar system/galaxy/universe, is that there is weird life right here on Earth. Life, as we know it, is carbon, water and phosphates (salt as the required solvent).

Here in a California lake bed, is an organism that doesn't use salt for its solvent, it uses arsenic instead (as I'm sure you know arsenic is deadly to most). Unlike any other known organism on this planet.

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Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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Re: NASA Announcement

Post by Parrotpaul » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:41 am

crayegg wrote:It turns out the aliens are among us (headline stolen).

NASA's big announcement after a week of speculation about other life in the solar system/galaxy/universe, is that there is weird life right here on Earth. Life, as we know it, is carbon, water and phosphates (salt as the required solvent).

Here in a California lake bed, is an organism that doesn't use salt for its solvent, it uses arsenic instead (as I'm sure you know arsenic is deadly to most). Unlike any other known organism on this planet.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
WS
Mono Lake...,.it's like another planet. It's cool news.
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Post by GOODave » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:55 am

The importance of this discovery is that it shakes a firmly held paradigm that life cannot exist on other planets because "other planets" don't have an atmosphere like earth's that can sustain life.

Of course, science never completely closes a door: Most know that life as we know it (and as 'egg explained) cannot exist without an earth-like atmosphere. But astro-biologists have been, up to this point, focusing on planets that MIGHT be similar to earth's atmosphere.

IF the bacteria in Mono Lake can adapt itself (or even simply exist) with physical requirements OTHER than "life as we know it," the opportunities for life on other planets are almost endless.

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Post by not4u13 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:59 am

GOODave wrote:The importance of this discovery is that it shakes a firmly held paradigm that life cannot exist on other planets because "other planets" don't have an atmosphere like earth's that can sustain life.

Of course, science never completely closes a door: Most know that life as we know it (and as 'egg explained) cannot exist without an earth-like atmosphere. But astro-biologists have been, up to this point, focusing on planets that MIGHT be similar to earth's atmosphere.

IF the bacteria in Mono Lake can adapt itself (or even simply exist) with physical requirements OTHER than "life as we know it," the opportunities for life on other planets are almost endless.


... and THAT IS the real story.

Think Star Trek. How many times did Bones have to say that he couldn't see evidence of any life forms on his tricorder ... only to find out that there was some sort of energy mass life form.

We've always sort of knew that life could exist in forms we didn't understand but until science could find proof of that ... it was only a theory.
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Re: NASA Announcement

Post by GOODave » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:27 am

not4u13 wrote:
... and THAT IS the real story.

Think Star Trek. How many times did Bones have to say that he couldn't see evidence of any life forms on his tricorder ... only to find out that there was some sort of energy mass life form.

We've always sort of knew that life could exist in forms we didn't understand but until science could find proof of that ... it was only a theory.
DUDE!

Did you REALLY just use Star Trek as science?

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Re: NASA Announcement

Post by not4u13 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:44 am

GOODave wrote: DUDE!

Did you REALLY just use Star Trek as science?

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