Thursday, December 14, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

NASA confirms arsenic based life

Posted on Friday, 3 December, 2010 | Comment icon 260 comments | News tip by: Nareik616


Image credit: NASA

 
"The definition of life has just expanded" - NASA has discovered an organism on Earth based on arsenic.

The eagerly anticipated announcement was not about the discovery of alien life but it is groundbreaking all the same, the discovery opens the door to finding life outside of the Earth in environments previously believed to be uninhabitable.

"NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth."

  View: Full article

 Source: NASA


  Discuss: View comments (260)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #251 Posted by Copasetic on 7 December, 2010, 23:30
Redfield blogged a scathing attack on Saturday. Over the weekend, a few other scientists took to the Internet as well. Was this merely a case of a few isolated cranks? To find out, I reached out to a dozen experts on Monday. Almost unanimously, they think the NASA scientists have failed to make their case. "It would be really cool if such a bug existed," said San Diego State University's Forest Rohwer, a microbiologist who looks for new species of bacteria and viruses in coral reefs. But, he added, "none of the arguments are very convincing on their own." That was about as positive as the crit... [More]
Comment icon #252 Posted by electro13 on 20 December, 2010, 0:10
You don't need to go to university for 50yrs to know the universe is crawling with life. Probably an infinite variety too throughout eternity. It's just common sense. So Heeey, good on the scientists for attemting to break through their own dogmas on this one.
Comment icon #253 Posted by badeskov on 20 December, 2010, 0:14
You don't need to go to university for 50yrs to know the universe is crawling with life. Probably an infinite variety too throughout eternity. It's just common sense. So Heeey, good on the scientists for attemting to break through their own dogmas on this one. Really? Can you point me to anybody that really knows? I know of plenty of people that think they know, but the difference is both distinct and important. But I know nobody that knows. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #254 Posted by electro13 on 20 December, 2010, 0:27
That's because ppl who know are rare.Whitley Streiber, the guy who wrote Communion, he knows. Anyway,through weighing up the mountain of evidence, the pro's and the con's, by trusting your own observations of life and having a bit of an understanding about the vast possibilities and immensity of this universe, even if you've never met an alien, youd have to admit they exist. And if they exist, it only stands to reason that some of them already know we're here.
Comment icon #255 Posted by booNyzarC on 20 December, 2010, 1:13
That's because ppl who know are rare.Whitley Streiber, the guy who wrote Communion, he knows. Anyway,through weighing up the mountain of evidence, the pro's and the con's, by trusting your own observations of life and having a bit of an understanding about the vast possibilities and immensity of this universe, even if you've never met an alien, youd have to admit they exist. And if they exist, it only stands to reason that some of them already know we're here. Whitley Strieber knows? Are you so sure? Tell me then, friend, why in the world would he have written this? from "The Communion Letter"... [More]
Comment icon #256 Posted by electro13 on 20 December, 2010, 1:55
Thnx booNyzarC for trying to illuminate me, but who better to describe ones own xperience in detail and with clarity than a writer himself? Dr Carl Sagan wrote fiction but I don't hear anyone discrediting his observations. W.Streibers motives for writing about this were to raise real awareness in th hope that th scientific comunity may take it seriously, and thereby provide answers to those who are going thru th same thing. True, th mountain of evidence does crumble away - to reveal a core reality that should not be ignored so easily. To cut a long story short, W.Streiber is a very courageous ... [More]
Comment icon #257 Posted by booNyzarC on 20 December, 2010, 3:23
Thnx booNyzarC for trying to illuminate me, but who better to describe ones own xperience in detail and with clarity than a writer himself? Dr Carl Sagan wrote fiction but I don't hear anyone discrediting his observations. W.Streibers motives for writing about this were to raise real awareness in th hope that th scientific comunity may take it seriously, and thereby provide answers to those who are going thru th same thing. True, th mountain of evidence does crumble away - to reveal a core reality that should not be ignored so easily. To cut a long story short, W.Streiber is a very courageous ... [More]
Comment icon #258 Posted by Hazzard on 20 December, 2010, 9:22
Willful Ignorance -- A bad faith decision to avoid becoming informed about something so as to avoid having to make undesirable decisions that such information might prompt.
Comment icon #259 Posted by 747400 on 20 December, 2010, 10:28
Personally, i'd say it seems quite a fair assumption, that the universe may indeed be teeming with life, but it can only be an assumption until - and I think this is what we ought to do - we concentrate on seriously studying other planets- not just Mars (which, although it's relatively easy to get to, is probably not (now, although it may have been once) conducive to life). And Venus as well, and even Jupiter if we're likely to be able to get there in a reasonable length of time. Places that we've always considered the idea of life of some sort would be absolutely ludicruous; and that's not ev... [More]
Comment icon #260 Posted by lost_shaman on 20 December, 2010, 17:57
Wolfe-Simon et. al., have posted a "response to questions" regarding their recent paper. Response to Questions Concerning the Science Article, “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus” -As of December 16, 2010- http://ironlisa.com/gfaj/GFAJquestions_Response_16Dec2010.pdf


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6053246
259765
171670

 
Greenland shark thought to be 512 years old
12-14-2017
Marine biologists have identified what could potentially be the world's oldest living vertebrate.
'Mannequin Skywalker' launch is successful
12-13-2017
Private space firm Blue Origin has completed a successful test launch of its rocket and crew capsule.
'Mystery creature' filmed by Sydney family
12-13-2017
65-year-old Fethi Ada and his family had been out fishing when they encountered something rather unusual.
Blood-filled parasites found trapped in amber
12-13-2017
Palaeontologists have discovered prehistoric parasites that once fed on the blood of dinosaurs.
Other news in this category
Woman has eclipse burned on to her retinas
Posted 12-9-2017 | 14 comments
One viewer of August's total solar eclipse ended up with eye damage in the exact shape of the Sun....
 
Scientists record the Earth's mysterious hum
Posted 12-8-2017 | 13 comments
Our planet is making a continuous low humming sound and nobody is quite sure what is causing it....
 
Ice Age cave network found beneath Montreal
Posted 12-6-2017 | 4 comments
Two cave experts have discovered a hidden network of caves underneath the busy streets of the city....
 
Google's AI has built another, superior AI
Posted 12-5-2017 | 33 comments
The Google Brain project has created an AI that is capable of designing a 'child' AI superior to itself....
 
Silent animation makes a 'thudding' sound
Posted 12-4-2017 | 28 comments
An animated GIF of a jumping pylon seems to create the illusion of sound even when there is none....
 
World's longest-lasting rainbow recorded
Posted 12-2-2017 | 7 comments
A record-breaking rainbow lasting almost nine hours has been recorded by two scientists in Taiwan....
 
Earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil
Posted 11-28-2017 | 28 comments
The results of a recent experiment suggest that the soil on Mars is likely to be suitable for agriculture....
 
Real-life Iron Man brings his suit to Salford
Posted 11-26-2017 | 17 comments
Richard Browning stunned onlookers this week as he flew around a business park in Salford, England....
 
Android 'citizen' Sophia wants to have children
Posted 11-25-2017 | 19 comments
The eerily human-like creation has stated during a recent interview that she wants to start a family....
 
Dolly the sheep had no health abnormalities
Posted 11-23-2017 | 3 comments
A new study has indicated that the famous cloned sheep had not suffered from any abnormal health issues....
 
Big earthquakes to occur more often in 2018
Posted 11-20-2017 | 23 comments
A periodic slowing of the rotation of the Earth is likely to result in an upsurge in earthquakes next year....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ