NASA Finds New Life!

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  1. Mordeci

    Mordeci Banned Member

    http://gizmodo.com/5704158/nasa-finds-new-life

    NASA Finds New Life
    Hours before their special news conference today, the cat is out of the bag: NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth. This changes everything.

    At their conference today, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe Simon will announce that they have found a bacteria whose DNA is completely alien to what we know today. Instead of using phosphorus, the bacteria uses arsenic. All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.

    But not this one. This one is completely different. Discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California, this bacteria is made of arsenic, something that was thought to be completely impossible. While she and other scientists theorized that this could be possible, this is the first discovery. The implications of this discovery are enormous to our understanding of life itself and the possibility of finding beings in other planets that don't have to be like planet Earth.

    No details have been disclosed about the origin or nature of this new life form. We will know more today at 2pm EST but, while this life hasn't been found in another planet, this discovery does indeed change everything we know about biology. I don't know about you but I've not been so excited about a bacteria since my STD tests came back clean. And that's without counting yesterday's announcement on the discovery of a massive number of red dwarf stars, which may harbor trillion of Earths

    wow that is quite amazing actually.
     
  2. KittyGirl

    KittyGirl Well-Known Member

    Oohh~ I'm no scientist; but this is actually kind of exciting! :hamster:
     
  3. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I wonder why NASA is discovering life on Earth... Oh well, it's cool nonetheless.
     
  4. Zurkhardo

    Zurkhardo Well-Known Member

    That is so amazing. I'm certainly sharing this with my friends :)
     
  5. 1izombie

    1izombie Well-Known Member

    wow that crazy....it just shows us how much we really dont know about the universe and life and everything...
     
  6. 1izombie

    1izombie Well-Known Member

    lol good point nasa should be looking outward i thought but meh...err as well how many of you have that same avatar?? :blink: makes me concerned that i'll soon be puking rainbows because i caught whatever bug is going around... ;)
     
  7. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft Well-Known Member

    NASA needs to know what to look for 'out there', so they study life here.
     
  8. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    So what's new? This was one of those er..what Rumsfeld would call "known unknowns" things we know we don't know, so when we find out, we aren't surprised because we already knew that we didn't know what we now know but knew that we would know the known unknown in time.

    Tomorrow's big surprising "news": Oswald was not the lone assassin and the government is lying about nine eleven.
     
  9. Axiom

    Axiom Account Closed

    :) ty

    But it's brilliant we have actual proof now to work with. It brings solidity to these theories for us to now bring into practice :)
     
  10. Mikeintx

    Mikeintx Well-Known Member

    Wow that is so amazing! My dream of a pet made of marshmallows is that much closer :)
     
  11. 1izombie

    1izombie Well-Known Member

    I just read this and it changed my prospective a bit in that NASA really didn't discover new life but rather discovered that these bacteria can adapt to using arsenic and are not an arsenic based life forms.
     
  12. A1231988

    A1231988 Well-Known Member

    I've believed this for YEARS! Ever since I was a child I've always said "There is no way life can only be sustained on a planet like Earth. Nature will find a way to let life survive in a way that creatures on Earth never could".
     
  13. TWF

    TWF Well-Known Member

    That's exciting. The Red Dwarf stars got me more pumped up though, for some reason. I have a strange fascination for extraterrestrials.
     
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