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Captain Tom Coughlin 11-29-2010 10:35 PM

Nasa sets news confrenece related to astrobiology finding
I wonder what this is all about. The truth is out there?

NCC-73515 11-30-2010 10:36 AM

"an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life"

Botany Bay 12-01-2010 08:02 AM


Originally Posted by NCC-73515 (Post 310974)
"an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life"

As far as I understand it astrobiology is all about how likely or unlikely extraterrestrial life is and where one has the best chances to find it, if at all. So, its very hypothetical.

Second thing to consider: NASA wants funds, so they must consider the news to be good news.

From this I guess they will tell us that the chances for life out there have improved by a percentage margin because.... some worms living on vulcanos in the pacific, some bacteria found in sulfuric acid, more water in the solar system then previously expected....

Stuff like that.

PS: What Botany Bay did not expect is, that the conference will be led by NASA fellow Grumblebum Oxymox.

Botany Bay 12-02-2010 01:52 PM

Yupp.... its bacteria here on earth, in California, living off arsenic. You applaud!

Captain Tom Coughlin 12-02-2010 02:04 PM

Yep. Interesting.

MagaditH 12-02-2010 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by Botany Bay (Post 311059)
Yupp.... its bacteria here on earth, in California, living off arsenic. You applaud!

Oh... So it was about people living in Hollywood.

Saquist 12-02-2010 09:45 PM

That's all it was?

...losing my pride in nasa everyday...

I-Am-Zim 12-03-2010 05:28 AM

Yeah. Very disappointing. They made a huge deal out of this? I was expecting something more along the lines of finding bacteria living in a crater on the moon or something like that. If it's on Earth, it's not astrobiology. Sure, the find was very unique, but not groundbreaking enough to cause such a buzz, in my opinion.

Akula2ssn 12-03-2010 10:06 AM

It's pretty much what I expected. Despite it's name, much of the science done in astrobiology is here on earth. In fact you see a lot of people from my own field of oceanography in astrobiology and like oceanography, astobiology is a highly interdisciplinary field.

The field is still in it's infancy and it's nowhere near the stage that many of us who grew up with Star Trek would like. In its entirety, astrobiology or exobiology as it's sometimes called, is really a study about the origins of like in the universe and as such it hypothesizes about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe based on existing science. From a life science perspective the find is huge, but from a publicity standpoint it's not all that remarkable and not nearly as explosive as say finding silicone base life here on earth but it is what it is.

The major contribution that this find does for astrobiology is that it allows scientists who work in that field to consider a wider range of places in the universe to look for life as well as perhaps open the door for more hypotheses on the origins of life. So yeah...if you're not into the academic side of science, it's pretty dry stuff. Or more specifically if you aren't into the life science side of academic science then who cares. Me? I appreciate the importance of the find but you're not going to find me throwing cocktail parties over it. I was already excited when they discovered that life could exist and evolve without sunlight and that you could have photosynthetic organisms evolve without sunlight. What they've got here is pretty much more of the same.

Captain Tom Coughlin 12-03-2010 11:38 AM

It's actually pretty significant. Every life form on Earth has the same chemical makeup to their DNA. You, me, an ear of corn, an earthworm. Everything. Except for these little guys, who have used the arsenic in their environment and actually incorporated it into their DNA. That is a truly ground breaking discovery.

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