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(CNN)   Alien-like microbes found deep underground.   ( divider line
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2002-01-18 12:08:29 AM  
Alien like? Alien like as compared to what? Alien to anything we've seen before, sure, but that would make it "alien", not "alien-like".

Sigh.. I'll stop biatching now.. :)
2002-01-18 12:10:46 AM  
""No self-respecting organism would want to be on the surface of Mars," said University of Arizona hydrologist Victor Baker"...and NASA is planning to send a spaceshuttle where?
2002-01-18 12:13:04 AM  
This is cool, because now we know that you don't necessarily need sunlight for life to form. I believe every other form of life on Earth requires sunlight. At least, that's what I garnered from the article on this.
2002-01-18 12:16:22 AM  
Quick1 - Actually, there is life without sunlight on the bottom of the oceans, too.. from

"This last question was answered in 1980, when then-Harvard graduate student Colleen Cavanaugh had a wild idea that turned out to be right. Answering the question of the vent life's energy source actually turned out to be relatively straightforward. The water spurting from hydrothermal vents is full of hydrogen sulfide and other energy-rich compounds. Before the discovery of the Galapagos vent, it was well known that terrestrial sulfur springs are home to bacteria that get their energy by oxidizing the sulfide in the water. These bacteria thus get their energy by chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis."
2002-01-18 12:16:35 AM  
Neat article. It'll be interesting to see what else we can find from these organisms on both Mars and Europa.
2002-01-18 12:25:09 AM  
So now that we found these alien-like microbes, what are we gonna do to them, Anal Probes?
2002-01-18 01:13:08 AM  
Solemmegetthisright.... What has been found is this weird unknown life form, somewhere deep within the planet ... no-one knows how it can survive, no-one knows where it came from, no-one knows what it eats (hint: human brains on toast) ... and what they do is drag it up, dump it into unguarded petri dishes and, I wager, stoop over said dishes while examining it.
Heh, this is just too much like a movie. But a very bad one. Hup! Beer an pretzels over here! What do you mean, pretzels been banned for terrorist activity?
2002-01-18 01:18:05 AM  
What king of aliens are we talking about? The green and/or grey type, the E.T. type, or the Ridley Scott/James Cameron type?
2002-01-18 01:18:29 AM  
Or are we talking about illegal aliens?
2002-01-18 01:32:48 AM  
God damned microbes not renewing their green cards. When will the insanity end?!?!
2002-01-18 08:13:39 AM  
As a spokesperson for microbes I take offence at the insinuations in this thread. Yes - I will see this thread rife with political correctness, as are all other threads, or I will see my quite handsome retainer I received from a certain Mr. Crobe esq. withdrawn ... and my brains on toast ... or so I am to understand.
Microbes are the Lord's creatures, too! Do they not bleed (well ... ooze)? By gad - microbes are people, too! And the issue with the green cards is simply an administrative understanding, they swear, really.

Hup! Pretzels!
2002-01-18 09:18:24 AM  
"They produce tiny amounts of methane as a byproduct of their weird metabolism."

Hmmm... Microbe farts?
2002-01-18 09:23:45 AM  
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2002-01-18 09:24:47 AM  
I did my undergraduate research on all these creatures. They are hardly alien, more like ancient. The ones I worked with had been underground since the Permian age.
2002-01-18 09:25:08 AM  
thats some crazy shiat man. Thats a hot bath down there in them geysers!
2002-01-18 09:49:50 AM  
"No self-respecting organism would want to be on the surface of Mars,"

Oh great, the goverment better start some counciling program to re-build the microbes self-respect. I bet these no self-respecting microbes are using drugs too.

2002-01-18 09:54:24 AM  
Old news. This was covered on the X-Files a long time ago.
2002-01-18 10:01:47 AM  
What? No Fb- jokes?
2002-01-18 10:12:30 AM  
Humans always make the mistake of looking for life as WE know it. However, I've been reading this stuff in the Hare Krsna books for years. Life is everywhere, you just gotta be able to see it. If you ask me there's also life on the sun, the moon, in space. Only we've always looked for it as WE knew it.

Maybe now we will finally learn.
2002-01-18 11:44:52 AM  
Sjaak - how true! No brains-on-toast out of your brains, either. Anyone else want to enter into this protection sche... resonate with the TRUTH, then? SomeCallMeTim? (farts indeed!) ... (mmmmh... toast)
2002-01-18 12:24:32 PM  
Life can thrive on energy of all forms, not just oxygen or sunlight. When will scientists understand that simple concept.
2002-01-18 01:02:17 PM  
What are undocumented aliens doing in Idaho? dO the Klan brothers know about this?
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