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New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Hayz » Thu Dec 02, 2010 12:29 pm

NASA is announcing today, though it has been leaked early, that they have found a lifeform that is arsenic based, completely changing views on how life works and the possibilities of finding extra-terrestrial life.
http://gizmodo.com/5704158/nasa-finds-new-life
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Lightbeard » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:32 pm

One small step for man, and one giant leap for Predator kind.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby faithlessnub » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:05 am

http://xkcd.com/829/

great comic about the topic

This is a great discovery, wonder how this is gonna change, how we look for extraterrestrial life.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Snake-Aes » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:12 am

Well, now I know where aboleths come from.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Brekkie » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:41 am

I think it says something about scientific budget cuts in recent decades that NASA is searching for new forms of life in California, instead of in space.
Not to mention that the only nation to reach the moon is now dependent on the Russians to even reach the atmosphere.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby majiben » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:03 pm

Brekkie wrote:I think it says something about scientific budget cuts in recent decades that NASA is searching for new forms of life in California, instead of in space.
Not to mention that the only nation to reach the moon is now dependent on the Russians to even reach the atmosphere

Looking for new forms of life terrestrially makes a lot of sense. The more we learn about the plasticity of our tree of life, the more we can extrapolate and know how other potential trees of life developed. For instance we now know a new sign of potential life , As, that we before would not have guessed and in fact might have taken negatively.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Arnock » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:52 pm

It makes plenty of sense to look for new life on Earth, but I think the point brekkie was trying to make, was that it's NASA doing the terrestrial research, rather than spaceflight.
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Re: New lifeforms change the current view of the world

Postby Candiru » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:37 am

Sorry to spoil things but I have to link you to this insightful review of their article. http://rrresearch.blogspot.com/2010/12/ ... nasas.html

Basically, it doesn't present ANY convincing evidence that arsenic has been incorporated into DNA (or any other biological molecule).


They are pretty amazing for living in strong concentrations of arsenate, though.
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