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Re: US NRC Advocates Search For 'Weird Life'

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 21:27:55 -0700
Archived: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:03:12 -0400
Subject: Re: US NRC Advocates Search For 'Weird Life'


>Source: Kansas City infoZine - Kansas, USA

>http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/23988/

>Tuesday, July 17, 2007

>Life Elsewhere In Solar System Could Be Different From Life As
>We Know It

>Science & TechnologyThe search for life elsewhere in the solar
>system and beyond should include efforts to detect what
>scientists sometimes refer to as "weird" life - that is, life
>with an alternative biochemistry to that of life on Earth - says
>a new report from the National Research Council.

<snip>


This is exactly the kind of broad-based approach that is needed.
Another example of bias in current mainstream science is that
extraterrestrial life is too often assumed to be based on the
same biochemistry as Earth life. Of course, if it exists, it may
well be in many cases, but there are other possibilities as
well.

But even with the more limited idea that all life would require
water, or 'life as we know it', it is interesting to note that
there is now growing evidence for current liquid water on Mars
(occasionally coming to the surface in the gullies, as announced
a few months ago and possible transient ice-water ponding as
talked about at the Seventh International Conference on Mars
which just ended a few days ago), the water geysers on
Enceladus, the probable subsurface ocean on Europa, new evidence
for a possible subsurface water-ammonia ocean on Titan, possible
water inside the asteroid Ceres and most recently (last week),
the new evidence for possible water-ammonia geysers on Pluto's
moon Charon (of all places!).


Paul Scott Anderson

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