Thursday, December 2, 2010
Okay, we're in nerd heaven now.
You may have already heard the news that NASA had a big press conference today announcing an entirely new life form.
With NASA, you'd expect it to be from outer space, but no, it's from the incredibly toxic Mono Lake in California. They found a bacteria that is still carbon based, but everywhere you would usually find phosphorous in the biochemical compound, it has been replaced by arsenic, which my chemistry friends tell me is a pretty good mimic of phosphorous.
Trying to do this in a lab would be pretty tough, what with arsenic being poisonous to 99.9% of life forms, but if you do an outdoor experiment in just how badly you can fuck up a bio-region, darn it if life itself won't try every trick until something works. It's every bit as weird as the creatures that live near the incredibly hot and toxic volcanic rifts under the sea.
Personally, though, I won't believe it until it's been turned into a monster movie on the Syfy channel. They should spare no expense and hire Larry Drake AND F. Murray Abraham AND Lance Hendrickson AND Renee O'Connor. Casper Van Dien is optional.