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#1 8 years ago

NASA - NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

I saw it flash by on a news stream earlier this morning. A new telescope, perhaps? Initially I thought it was about the JWST, but it's still scheduled for the 2014 launch.




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#2 8 years ago

Sounds interesting, maybe some new information about the composition of the atmosphere of planets and how that relates to biological activity?




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#3 8 years ago

Looks interesting indeed, it appears to be about NASA's search for life beyond our planet.




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#4 8 years ago

BBC News - Arsenic-loving bacteria may help in hunt for alien life

Scientists have discovered a bacteria that can live on arsenic. It's another 'extremophile' life-form.




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#5 8 years ago

That's quite interesting as it loosens the constraints for life. Science fiction wirters have thought of lifeforms that aren't carbon based but rely on completly different elements (if they rely on solid material at all) for a while already, now it seems that this is not impossible. This may also help with bioengineering lifeforms for terraforming, although that kind of technology is probably still out of our reach for a while.




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#6 8 years ago

'Dreadnought[DK;5432280']BBC News - Arsenic-loving bacteria may help in hunt for alien life

Scientists have discovered a bacteria that can live on arsenic. It's another 'extremophile' life-form.

According to this and a few other links, It's actually an arsenic based life form.


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