Life as We Do Not Know It

Image for New Life Article from Gizmodo.com

Sometimes I feel like I’m living life inside a bubble. Like any other day, today I commuted an hour to work (…grumble), worked ten hours (…grumble), commute back home an hour and a half through 5pm traffic (…grumble) and do the dishes (…grumble), then find out the internet is out for gods know what reason (…grumble grumble), then we get the internet back (…sigh) and find out via gizmodo.com that NASA has discovered a new form of life ( …wtf?). Now keep in mind the whole day I had been listening to the radio either in my car or at my job and not once did any one of the stations mention this kind of, sort of, important discovery. I’m sure glad that when the local pop station wants to decide what’s more important to broadcast, either the coocky hijinx of Lady Gaga or the fucking discovery of new fucking life, I got to know all about the goofy blond bitch who likes to wear meat. Fuck you very much broadcast radio. Ok, I’m in a bad mood, but here’s the scoop…

According to the good folks over at Gizmodo; Recently NASA researchers have discovered a brand new form of bacteria (GFAJ-1) that is capable of using arsenic to build its DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell membranes. You see, this is important because life on Earth (that is ALL known life) is made up of six components: Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Now, EVERY LIVING THING ON EARTH is made of those six components. EVERYTHING. What’s so unique about this discovery is that instead of using phosphorus, this little bug uses arsenic instead.

The picture above (which I also got from Gizmodo) is a of the bacteria, GFA-1 in all its glory. For scientist this discovery is huge! For the first time they have evidence that there are other ways life can develope. This raises the possibility for there to be life on other worlds or even different varieties of life here on earth that use different elements to exist.

Okay, I feel better now. My weekend is just beginning and there might actually be aliens. cool.

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2 Comments

  1. Perhaps you should listen to AM radio or NPR.

    Music radio is for long-haired, unwashed, hippy blankity-blanks. You’re already in the car. Use that time to keep up on world events.

  2. Trog

    12/06/2010 at 7:24 pm

    I listen, donate, and enjoy NPR every chance I get …but damn their donation week to hell! The pit of hell I say!

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