wraithmare: /Get out of my mind!
wippit: wraithmare: /Get out of my mind!"Not until you tell them both who I really am."[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]
wraithmare: Especially if you're on the receiving end of the gom jabbar./Get out of my mind!
brantgoose: Perhaps the persistence of C. elegans is related to the harsh conditions it has to face on Earth, or perhaps they were inherited from a space-faring ancestor brought to Earth from Mars, Europa, or some more distant world. There's only one way to find out: more research is needed.
Saiga410: Based on whose clock? Earth based or NEO/LEO based?
brantgoose: Charles Hoy Fort speculated, tongue-in-cheek (after inventing the word "teleportation" for unexplained falls of frogs, fish, meat, etc.) that the world was originally "colonized" by such falls of living organisms. He proposed that not only simple critters like worms, insects, infusoria (bacteria, etc.) came to Earth this way, but that a sort of Providence sowed the Earth with larger animals, like elephants.He wasn't half blowing smoke up your arses, but the proponents of Panspermia sometimes believe that organisms such as the water bear and nematodes like C. elegans could have come to Earth frozen in comets or deep in meteorites.Some of these organisms have tremendous endurance when exposed to vacuum, high levels of radiation and prologued dessication. They could easily travel freeze-dried in a vacuum for unknown lengths of time. D. radiodurans, for example, is a bacterium that is found everywhere on Earth and survives exposure to radiation by being able to piece together broken DNA thanks to excellent repair mechanisms.Perhaps these tiny worms live longer in space because they are adapted for space travel. Perhaps not. It is a very long shot that this is the case, but it is not impossible, which means that Panspermia is, unlike Creationism or Intelligent Design, within the bounds of respectable science provided no outrageous claims are made and efforts are made to test the hypothesis.It has been tested. Scientists have fired bacteria-laden blocks of glass at walls at speeds like those of a meteor falling to Earth. Bacteria have survived the impacts.Furthermore, when the Space Shuttle crashed into the atmosphere at something like 18,000 mph, it was carrying a cannister of nemotodes. The cannister was found and opened, and the nemotodes were still breeding four or five generations after the crash. Alive and well and reproducing after an impact that would kill a mouse let alone a man.Many organisms will live longer if you prevent them from breeding, if you ...
Lonestar: Not if they are left with weapons.[2.bp.blogspot.com image 430x320]
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