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Originally posted by Matrix Rising
reply to post by Ross 54
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent Post!
If this is the discovery it will be HUGE! If they have found a second Genesis on Earth where you have another life form evolving alongside carbon based life forms, then it's checkmate. I personally believe the talk of life being rare to earth is a fantasy that's not based on any evidence just a philosophy that wants to restrict life in the universe to earth so it must be rare.
I think the reluctance in these areas stems from what Extraterrestrial existence would mean. Many people don't want to face these questions because they have a set worldview and the existence of Extraterrestrials would be like opening Pandora's box.
Are these Extraterrestrials the gods of some religions? Have they visited us? Are they coming back? How advanced is their technology? And the questions go on and on. So it's easier to ignore any of these questions and just stick your head in the sand and say,"Life on earth is rare" three times in a row and that will make it true.
Originally posted by infinite
If world governments stopped behavouring as philistines we might actually provide the platform for a global space agency, under the UN, which could analysis these findings - without national agencies competing among themselves.
NASA NASA Tune into our press briefing on a new astrobiology discovery: Thursday, 2pm EST. Live on NASA TV & online. www.nasa.gov...
NASA Aids in Characterizing Super-Earth Atmosphere 12.01.10
Artist concept of exoplanet GJ 1214b The planet GJ 1214b, shown here in an artist's conception with two hypothetical moons, orbits a "red dwarf" star 40 light-years from Earth. Image credit: CfA/David Aguilar › Full image and caption PASADENA, Calif. -- A team of astronomers, including two NASA Sagan Fellows, has made the first characterizations of a super-Earth's atmosphere, by using a ground-based telescope.
A super-Earth is a planet up to three times the size of Earth and weighing up to 10 times as much. The findings, reported in the Dec. 2 issue of the journal Nature, are a significant milestone toward eventually being able to probe the atmospheres of Earth-like planets for signs of life. The team determined the planet, GJ 1214b, is either blanketed with a thin layer of water steam or surrounded by a thick layer of high clouds.
If the former, the planet itself would have an icy composition. If the latter, the planet would be rocky or similar to the composition of Neptune, though much smaller. "This is the first super-Earth known to have an atmosphere," said Jacob Bean, a NASA Sagan Fellow and astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. "But even with these new measurements, we can't say yet what that atmosphere is made of. This world is being very shy and veiling its true nature from us."
Originally posted by DaSaint
Could it be that the info in this article is what will be talked about tomorrow?
Hopes Rise Of Chance Of Life Outside Earth
The chances of life existing outside the Earth have been boosted by the discovery that there might be many more stars in the universe than first thought.
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Tapping into his world wide remote control armies might have been a wikileaks disaster
but do you think Tesla would ever give out the password.
Laser is pulsed naturally coming from voltage jumps in atoms would have little
effect compared to the focused voltage of Tesla as we know propels his ship
and might beat out the destructive power of any laser gun.
Unfortunately neither the Navy or anyone else beating a path to the Tesla
library will be let in.
Life on Earth is metabolically diverse and yet maintains a biochemical unity. That is, all known biology is composed of essentially identical components such as DNA/RNA, proteins and lipids made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur; while the physiology of organisms can be highly varied. The basis for all life starts with chemical underpinnings. This chemical potential manifests in four metabolic strategies used by life on Earth today, all of which most likely evolved in the distant past. However, a single metabolism is not linked to a unique microbe, for example some microbes, like Cyanobacteria, may utilize known biological processes (e.g. photosynthesis) in alternative ways with relatively unexplored yet potentially significant biogeochemistry. In addition to well-known microbes with unexpected metabolism, current research is also addressing this ‘unity of biochemistry’ to identify potential alternatives to ‘CHNOPS’-based life; for example the substitution of arsenic for phosphorus. Taken together, variations on these themes of microbial metabolic flexibility and alternative biochemistry may help us search for ‘alien’ life either elsewhere in the Universe or a ‘shadow biosphere’ right here at home on Earth.
Dr Wolfe-Simon is investigating whether, in the mud around the lake or in the water, there exist microbes whose biological make-up is so fundamentally different from that of any known life on Earth that it may provide proof of a shadow biosphere, a second genesis for life on this planet.
Her work is funded by the Nasa Astrobiology Institute and she is based at the laboratories of Professor Ron Oremland, of the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. Does she believe that there are alien life forms out there? “I don’t know how there could not be extraterrestrial life,” she replies.