NASA announcement?!

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  1. Costello
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    I read about this on Facebook and then someone linked it on GBAtemp in the shoutbox, but I didnt see a thread about it

    SOURCE: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/nov/H...trobiology.html
    does the NASA usually hold such conferences? is it going to be important?
    I hope so, but I'm not getting my hopes up [​IMG]
     
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    I heard about this a couple of days ago. I expect it to be less exciting than it sounds.
     
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    Oo~, so you can watch it online. [​IMG]
    But yeah, doubt it'll be that interesting...
    They were going to be having a talk at school today about space plants :3
     
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    Is it only me who isn't interested in extra-terrestrial life? [​IMG] I'm not that excited... but it is an announcement to look forward to.
     
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    I was watching on one of the discovery or history channels this week and I remember hearing that they found an meteorite that is supposedly made up of a majority of matter that is organic in nature. I didn't get to catch it all as I was flipping through the channels. I wonder if this has something to do with it.
     
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    Am I the only one who thought of "Deception Point" when I read that?
     
  7. Veho

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    Rumor has it the important finding is actually the discovery by Felise Wolfe Simon, one of the announced participants/speakers, of a life form that uses arsenic for energy. The organisms were found in Lake Mono. That will definitely impact the search for extraterrestrial life, but it's not little green men.

     
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    That is so cool.
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    If this is what the press conference is about why waste the time on speculation? I'd think that they would have something better to reveal.
     
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    Maybe that's just a red herring [​IMG]
     
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    that does sound cool indeed, but I'm not sure what that implies [​IMG]
    I mean i understand the terms but I am unable (i lack scientific knowledge) to understand why this is cool.
     
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    It means there's a possibility for life where until now it was thought life could not exist, i.e. in an environment full of arsenic and devoid of the more "common" nutrients. Until now, it was assumed microorganisms would either starve or be poisoned in such an environment, and now there's a bunch of little things that, well, eat poison.
     
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    It is cool but it's not the first life form to be found thriving in an extreme inhospitable environment on Earth. Unless they have some rocks or other samples from Mars or some other planet or moon I don't think that this would be that big of an announcement.
     
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    yes nasa for the win TIME FOR REAL SCIENCE AND TRUTH
     
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    The importance of this discovery is that, because nobody believed that life was possible in such "harsh" conditions, nobody bothered looking for life. But now that we have a well researched and documented example here on earth we can go back and look to see if there ever was something there. Furthermore it was always thougth that live was only posibble via classical photosynthesis, while these micro-organisms use different complexes to harvest light energy, so this could also lead to new insights regarding the origin of life.
     
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    think life that does not breath and feeds on poison.
    those harsh, "inhospitable" planets suddenly seem a little more likely to be home to lifeforms
     
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    Fuck school, I'm watching this. [​IMG]

    Oh, how I wish I could do that!
     
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    this sucks this news is OLD as hell.

    this does not really mean that much. its obvious that life will adapt to its environment. thats what dna does over time. but DNA is the key.
     
  20. Delta517

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    They have discovered Mass Effect. [​IMG]