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Originally posted by SLAYER69
I honestly think that the bulk of NASA employees are in the dark.
out of the potentially billions upon billions of advanced alien races in the universe...
have even a single one of them figured out how to get past the speed of light issue...because if only a single race has ever managed to go FTL, then suddenly, like a advanced genetic virus pandemic, the universe is absolutely filled with space travellers.
If you go by that line of thinking...and to me, that sounds highly reasonable, then it would be almost insane to believe that there are no aliens visiting earth...or at minimum, know full well of our existance
Originally posted by ZeroGhost
For those who where waiting for an announcement of alien life, sorry, but it takes more than 3 sentances at least to see how important this is.
Davies has previously speculated that forms of life different from our own, dubbed "weird life," might even exist side-by-side with known life on Earth, in a sort of "shadow biosphere." The particular idea that arsenic, which lies directly below phosphorous on the periodic table, might substitute for phosphorus in life on Earth, was proposed by Wolfe-Simon and developed into a collaboration with Davies and Anbar. Their hypothesis was published in January 2009, in a paper titled "Did nature also choose arsenic?" in the International Journal of Astrobiology. "We not only hypothesized that biochemical systems analogous to those known today could utilize arsenate in the equivalent biological role as phosphate," notes Wolfe-Simon "but also that such organisms could have evolved on the ancient Earth and might persist in unusual environments today."
Originally posted by argentus
I think for the most part that humans tend to overvalue our contribution or importance. Perhaps we're just not interesting enough or advanced enough to warrant anything other than a notation in an EBE database that is nothing more than an intergalactic 'meh'.
Is their funding in danger?
I think this announcement was hyped by NASA, and they LOVE the CT world's buzz. Why not just make an announcement? Why make an announcement of a pending announcement?
Could an arsenic-based creature exist, and what would we call that chemistry? Not organic chem.
I wish NASA would just lay their cards on the table.
Originally posted by Nicolas Flamel
I think I've seen these on some pictures from Mars?
Originally posted by SaturnFX
So is that it...this super epic big announcment from NASA is that they taught germs to enjoy crappy air...
"It's a paradigm shift," says Dimitar Sasselov, an astrobiologist who leads the Origins of Life Initiative at Harvard University. "The possibility that Earth-life biochemistry is not universal is a transformational concept.