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Old 12-02-2010, 04:37 AM   #1
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'Life as we don't know it' discovery could prove existence of aliens
NASA has sent the internet into a frenzy after it announced an "astrobiology finding" that could suggest alien life exists even on earth."


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/s...of-aliens.html
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:20 AM   #2
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:36 AM   #3
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this usually happens when NASA is seeking more funding.

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It's not even "Astro Biology" - It's a microbe they found at the bottom of a lake in Cali.

Pond scum.

At the bottom of a lake!

Amazing!

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:29 AM   #5
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It's not even "Astro Biology" - It's a microbe they found at the bottom of a lake in Cali.

Pond scum.

At the bottom of a lake!

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Astrobiology includes the earth as well.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:38 AM   #6
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Mars, biatches.
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cellular activity based on arsenic? sheesh, they found my ex-wife. always wondered where that scum went.
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Naw, it's all hyperbolic to gain attention. Rumor is they've done test that show life is possible with a arsenic base rather than a carbon one. Big whoop-di-doo...
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It's a microbe they found at the bottom of a lake in Cali.
maybe it's a muslim microbe.

http://www.space.com/news/nasa-chief...ft-100707.html
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Naw, it's all hyperbolic to gain attention. Rumor is they've done test that show life is possible with a arsenic base rather than a carbon one. Big whoop-di-doo...
That is a big whoop-di-doo. ALL life known is based on Carbon and if Life can be based on another element, such as Arsenic or Silicon, then our definition of what life is has to change and how we go about looking for it on other worlds.
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I KNEW they'd find Narnians eventually.

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It will likely be something to the effect of "potential for life in other variations is possible" rather than actually finding life.
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This is like your brother telling you he found well scrambled porn on the satellite dish. I want to see robot aliens discovered, not possibilities that someone might someday do it, theoretically.

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That is a big whoop-di-doo. ALL life known is based on Carbon and if Life can be based on another element, such as Arsenic or Silicon, then our definition of what life is has to change and how we go about looking for it on other worlds.
Exactly. Going from carbon to arsenic isn't like changing your shirt. If it actually IS arsenic based all the way down... it's proteins, DNA and such... it would HAVE to be alien. Or a remnant from billions of years ago.
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...perfect
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OMG THERES AN ALIEN BASE ON THE MOON!?!?!?!?

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Exactly. Going from carbon to arsenic isn't like changing your shirt. If it actually IS arsenic based all the way down... it's proteins, DNA and such... it would HAVE to be alien. Or a remnant from billions of years ago.
Yep. Arsenic based life would have evolved concurrent with Carbon-based life.

It is a major step, and would be a huge resource in our understanding of biology in all respects.
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So long as they are documented and paying taxes I don't care.
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It appears that the bacteria can swap phosphorus for arsenic. Very cool but not as interesting as I'd hoped.

A level headed article:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/no...-about-aliens/

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Nor do the bacteria belong to a second branch of life on Earth – the so-called “shadow biosphere” that Wolfe-Simon talked about a year ago. When she studied the genes of these arsenic-lovers, she found that they belong to a group called the Oceanospirillales. They are no stranger to difficult diets. Bacteria from the same order are munching away at the oil that was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. The arsenic-based bacteria aren’t a parallel branch of life; they’re very much part of the same tree that the rest of us belong too.
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I dont know if Obama can fit them under the umbrella of Cap & Tax regulation though, since they dont have nervous systems. They do probably emit toxic substances though if they process Arsenic.
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Given there are billions of stars in the universe and probably trillions of planets, the idea that life doesn't exist elsewhere is mathematically ridiculous.
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