The Big Think

December 2, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:30 pm

“If your criticism isn’t true your praise means nothing.”
Lileks again. Darn the man for being so quotable.


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 1:29 pm

“It was when I was happiest that I longed most. . . . The sweetest thing of all my life has been the longing . . . to find the place where all the beauty came from.”

C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

New Life

Filed under: Space — jasony @ 12:40 pm

Wow, NASA announces a new life form. Based not on phosphorus, but arsenic, of all things.

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. We knew that there were bacteria that processed arsenic, but this bacteria—discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California—is actually made of arsenic. The phosphorus is absent from its DNA. 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.

via Gizmodo

Pretty cool news that opens up the possibility of finding life Out There.

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